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Jun 5th, 2008, 06:39 AM
Birmingham, England
June 9-15, 2008
Tier III
Prize Money: $200,000
Draw: 56M/32Q/16D
Surface: Grass/Outdoors
Tournament Director: Marjory Howie
Official Web Site: http://birmingham.lta.org.uk
2007 Singles Final: (2) J.Jankovic (SRB) d. (1) M.Sharapova (RUS) 46 63 75

2005 - 2nd round - d. Cohen-Aloro, l. to Daniilidou

Seeded players
1. Marion Bartoli
2. Dinara Safina
3. Nicole Vaidisova
4. Victoria Azarenka
5. Tatiana Golovin
6. Sybille Bammer
7. Alona Bondarenko
8. Sania Mirza
9. Olga Govortsova
10. Michaella Krajicek
11. Tamira Paszek
12. Akgul Amanmuradova
13. Casey Dellacqua
14. Kateryna Bondarenko
15. Aravane Rezai
16. Jill Craybas

GOOD LUCK NICOLE! POJDME!!!! http://forums.vaidisova-nicole.com/images/smiles/bi.gif

please let me create all tournaments' threads.. I really enjoy it! :p

Nicole begins her grass-court season here in Birmingham :) she is currently working hard at the Wimbledon to be ready for this part of the season :woohoo:

Jun 6th, 2008, 09:52 PM
Pojdme Nicole :rocker:

Jun 6th, 2008, 11:49 PM
Gosh, I've never missed Nicole that bad :sad:
Hope she'll be back ready to win soon !

Jun 7th, 2008, 02:41 PM
Marion Bartoli [1] - Bye
Meng Yuan vs. Petra Cetkovska
Marta Domachowsha vs. Q
Camillle Pin vs. Anastasia Rodionova [16]
Kateryna Bondarenko [12] vs. Anne Keothavong
Q vs. Sabine Lisicki
Vania King vs. Aiko Nakamura
Bye - Olga Govortsova [7]
[3] Nicole Vaidiosova - Bye
Vivi Ruano Pascual vs. Milagros Sequera
Q vs. Petra Kvitova
Naomi Cavaday vs. Jill Craybas [14]
Akgul Amanmuradova [10] vs. Q
Alla Kudryavtseva vs. Katie O'Brien
Stephanie Dubois vs. Marina Erakovic
Bye - Sania Mirza [6]

Misa Krajicek [8] - Bye
Q vs. Ioana Raluca Olaru
Q vs. Yanina Wickmayer
Julie Ditty vs. Casey Dellacqua [11]
Aravane Rezai [13] vs. Tzipora Obziler
Sorana Cirstea vs. Ayumi Morita
Melanie South vs. Anna Fitzpatrick
Bye - Sybille Bammer [4]
Alona Bondarenko [5] - Bye
Monica Niculescu vs. Tammy Tanasugarn
Q vs. Bethanie Mattek
Q vs. Tamira Paszek [9]
Ekaterina Makarova [15] vs. Elena Baltacha
Olga Puchkova vs. Angelique Kerber
Severine Bremond vs. Nathalie Dechy
Bye - Dinara Safina [2]

decent draw.. I think Nicole should win her 2nd round match :D

Jun 7th, 2008, 05:36 PM
In my opinion Nicole has a very good draw to get abck on track, since her first match would be against a clay court specialist. Hopefully this tournament can be her turnaround, but who knows with her nowadays.

Rod the Bama
Jun 7th, 2008, 07:04 PM
The draw isn`t bad looking. Normally it would look pretty favorable for Nikki, but with the way she has been playing lately, you never know. Still i really hope that she can start to turn things around at Birmingham.

Jun 7th, 2008, 10:21 PM
5 posts. *sighs*

BTW MD has been reshuffled after Safina's withdrawal. Nicole's 1R opponent will be either grasscourt specialist Bremond or Dechy.

Not that it makes any difference - she'll lose just the same.

Jun 7th, 2008, 11:06 PM
Good luck Nicole! :)

Jun 7th, 2008, 11:36 PM
Good luck Nicole! :)

Nice to see her back in your avatars :)

Jun 8th, 2008, 03:30 AM
I hope Nicole has a positive week for once.

Jun 9th, 2008, 10:49 AM
Nicole Vaidisova on course to be a British tennis hero

Jun 9 2008 Tennis by Brian Dick

The rise of British No 1 Anne Keothavong into the world’s top 100 is, of course, welcome but just in case the Londoner doesn’t make it into the second week of Wimbledon, imagine that if you dare, the country’s tennis fans might want to invest some emotional significance into the progress of Nicole Vaidisova.

Born in Germany, brought up in the Czech Republic and often resident in Florida, the 19-year-old does not boast the English credentials of Yorkshire Pudding or binge drinking but in desperate times for the indigenous game, desperate measures must be taken.

And for many, the fact Vaidisova has engaged the coaching services of Tim Henman’s former coach and one-time performance director of the Lawn Tennis Association, David Felgate, is enough to be going on with.

Having spent more than three weeks in the last couple of months in England, working with Felgate at the Sutton Tennis Academy, she virtually qualifies by residence.

All that stands between her and taking on fully-fledged Britishness is her rather rash habit of doing rather well in Grand Slam events.

And, it should be said, any desire on her part to transfer allegiance: “Am I an honorary Brit? Not yet,” the 19-year-old asserts. She didn’t say anything about ‘over my dead body’ but the sentiment was clearly transmitted.

Nevertheless the world No 16, and second favourite for this week’s DFS Classic at Edgbaston Priory, is happy to avail herself of the services of Felgate following his rather unceremonious departure from the LTA. Felgate’s record with Henman and recent rehabilitation of Belgium’s Xavier Malisse stands testament to his abilities.

It is not only her preference for a British coach that makes Vaidisova unusual. Like so many aspiring tennis teenagers, the elegant right-hander was nurtured through the ranks by a parent, in her case step-father Alex Kodat.

While she will not admit that her poor 2008 results had anything to do with the break-up, first-round exits from tournaments in Indian Wells and Miami can not have helped.

“The split was really hard,” she says. “There wasn’t a problem, I just think we had been together a long time and used each other up. We gave each other our all but it was just time to move on.

“Working with David is going well. It’s a change after 11 years of hearing the same thing so it’s hard to do something else but I like it.”

Which can only be good because Vaidisova’s recent travails could be attributed to the fact that she contracted a dose of glandular fever last summer following her quarter final exit at Wimbledon.

Incredibly, she did not play a single tournament between the All England Championships in early July and the United States Open in late August and still made the last eight at Flushing Meadow while she managed to finish the year ranked No 12.

“It is a very debilitating illness,” she said. “It’s difficult because you just can’t do anything. The only consolation was I got to spent a lot of time at home with my family.” Clearly, it didn’t help her relationship with Kodat.

Vaidisova insists she is now over her illness and claims that, after switching coaches, she is starting to make progress again - despite a first-round defeat to compatriot Iveta Benesova in the French Open.

With that in mind, she needs a good grass court campaign to offset the points lost at the French Open at Roland Garros wher she was a quarter finalist in 2007.

It is eminently possible, too. Last year’s run to the last eight could have been even better had she not squandered a match point against Ana Ivanovic to make the semis.

Her big serve make her a difficult opponent on the natural surface and a first DFS title would be excellent preparation for what is an important Wimbledon campaign.

“You only get to play on grass once a year, so it is nice if you do well,” she said. “I’ll always try to give it 100 per cent. I came here two days ago. I am feeling pretty comfortable on the grass now.”

Spoken like a true Brit.


Let's hope she will doing well this week!

Jun 9th, 2008, 11:25 AM
Her publicists are still at work at least. For how much longer?

Jun 10th, 2008, 07:22 PM
Centre Court - Start at 11 AM

1. Shvedova vs. O'Brien
2. Erakovic vs. Mirza
3. Bartoli vs. Cetkovska
4. Dechy vs. Vaidisova
5. Mattek/Mirza vs. Grandin/Kops-Jones

COME ON NICOLE!!! :bounce::bounce::bounce:

Jun 10th, 2008, 07:51 PM
Come on girl !! :bounce::bounce:

Jun 11th, 2008, 05:05 AM
Let's win this Nicole :rocker2:

Jun 11th, 2008, 07:01 AM
Top seeds at Birmingham this year: Bartoli, Nicole and Bammer :lol: Oh dear. :help:
Bammer is already out in rather embarrassing fashion. Hopefully Nicole will do better.

Come on Nicole! Time to put an end to the losing streak. :bounce:

Jun 11th, 2008, 05:54 PM
Finally a win - 61 63 :yeah:

Jun 11th, 2008, 06:08 PM
:woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo:


Jun 11th, 2008, 06:11 PM
wow. it's nice to see that Nicole won :) Big day for her and her fans :)
Go Nicole

Jun 11th, 2008, 06:55 PM

Jun 11th, 2008, 07:44 PM
Finally a win! :banana:

Great job, Nicole! :D

Good luck in the next round! :)

Jun 11th, 2008, 07:53 PM
where's Cornswandt? :p

Jun 11th, 2008, 08:36 PM
Wooooow i was shocked. Keep it up now !

Jun 11th, 2008, 08:50 PM
Centre Court - Start at 11 AM

1. A.Bondarenko vs. Rao
2. Nakamura vs. South
3. Tanasugarn vs. Mattek
4. Makarova vs. Vaidisova

GOOD LUCK!!! :woohoo:

Jun 11th, 2008, 10:18 PM
where's Cornswandt? :p

Somebody calling for this forum's beacon of positivity? :angel:

Jun 11th, 2008, 11:00 PM
Much better than todays football.

Jun 11th, 2008, 11:48 PM
Nicole :woohoo: :woohoo:

good luck against Makarova :bounce: :bounce:

Much better than todays football.

:awww: :hug:

Danči Dementia
Jun 12th, 2008, 12:11 AM
well done Nicole !!!!:worship:


Rod the Bama
Jun 12th, 2008, 12:32 AM
Great job by Nikki to finally get a win. :clap2: It`s so great that it finally happened today. Hopefully she can keep it going tomorrow.

Jun 12th, 2008, 02:29 AM
is this a dream?? :eek::eek::eek:..... let's have a party guys :aparty:..... good luck tomorrow Nikki:)

Jun 12th, 2008, 05:30 AM
Much better than todays football.

what did you expect? :o

Jun 12th, 2008, 10:42 AM
:woohoo: :banana:

It's not too late to turn the year around. This tournament is up for grabs. Let's hope Nicole can make a good run here.

Jun 12th, 2008, 10:49 AM

Lets hope she can have a good grass court season :)

Jun 12th, 2008, 12:32 PM
YEEEHHHHH well done nicole a win finally keep it up and win the next round :D

Jun 12th, 2008, 06:43 PM

Lets hope she can have a good grass court season :)

Hey welcome here ! :wavey:

Great win finally ! :cool:
Keep it up Nikki :kiss:

Jun 14th, 2008, 05:10 AM
Just saw the scoreline from today's match. Is this supposed to be a joke? 'cause I'm not laughing. :o
Getting bageled by Mattek is just... wrong.

Jun 14th, 2008, 08:35 AM
Choker is back :woohoo:
Oooh Nikki ! :o:sad:

Jun 14th, 2008, 01:19 PM
I saw the match and that was just horrible to watch.Her level was very very low, she was unable to hit correctly the ball.