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SpikeyAidanm
Nov 21st, 2003, 11:57 AM
2003 PAW REVIEW:

A Memorabilia of the 2003 Class of the PAW Tour

2003 CLASS HONOURABLE

CLASS PRESIDENT: SpikeyAidanm
VICE PRESIDENT: Wojtek
VALEDICTORIAN: sandg
SALUTATORIAN: speedster_
TREASURER (honorary): butch
TREASURER (in waiting): Nir
PROFESSOR EMERITUS: WTA Handicapper

2003 CLASS FAVOURITES

MOST PREDICTABLE: marcobarella
MOST UNPREDICTABLE: Pintaled
MOST TALENTED: butch
MOST CONSISTENT: speedster_
MOST INTIMIDATING: Wojtek
MOST PETULANT: !.Steven.!
MOST INDULGENT: K&J fan
MOST GROWN-UP: sandg
MOST WELL-LIKED: SpikeyAidanm
MOST OUTSPOKEN: wateva
MOST PATRIOTIC: ntohir
MOST DRAMATIC: petosp
MOST SURPRISING: silent140
MOST COURTEOUS: Elisse
MOST COURAGEOUS: twight6
MOST ELEGANT: bionic71
MOST EXCITING: firefly_ac
MOST ORGANISED: speedster_
MOST APPROACHABLE: j_dementieva27
MOST ADAPTABLE: Buitenzorg
MOST SUPPORTIVE OF HIS CLASSMATES: WTA Handicapper
MOST OBSERVANT: nitsansh
MOST SPELLING MISTAKES: broncosven
MOST NUMBER OF DETENTIONS: marcobarella
LEAST NUMBER OF DETENTIONS: yucky
LEAST SPELLING MISTAKES: Jakub
LEAST DRAMATIC: danielrosario
LEAST ADAPTABLE: huge lina k fan
LEAST ORGANISED: petosp

2003 CLASS NOTABLES

QUIETEST: bbypk
SMARTEST: Grice
EASILY GETS MOTIVATED: Rtael
BEST VETERAN: petosp
ALWAYS PUNCTUAL: Elisse
PERFECTIONIST: caramel
STICKS TO THEIR CONSCIENCE: polishprodigy
MANIFESTS CRITICISM: Lee-Waters’ Boy
NEVER DOUBTS THEIR FAVES: Hantuchov
ALWAYS DOES THEIR HOMEWORK: Buitenzorg
HAS HOMEWORK DURING THE HOLIDAYS: gh[]sts
ENCOURAGEMENT AWARDS: ntohir & kj-
ENDEAVOUR AWARDS: speedster_ & bbypk
CLASS CONTRIBUTION AWARDS: nitsansh & bionic71
“BIG EXAM” ACHIEVER: SpikeyAidanm
“BIG TOPIC TEST” ACHIEVER: silent140
FALL FROM GRACE: jindrich77
DISAPPEARING ACT: VeNuS FoReVeR
ACHIEVER AGAINST THE ODDS: butch
HAD THE MOST FUN: azza
HAD THE LEAST FUN: Wojtek
KEPT A CLOSE EYE ON THE TEACHER: paellapan
EXCELS IN CLARITY: YoungProfessor
OFTEN INDECIPHERABLE: petosp


**PAW End-Year Top 20**

Player refers to 2003 debutant

.. {02.}. Player............................ .Pts .. 2002 .. +/- :

1 {NR} . SpikeyAidanm (AUS)................. 2112 .. ...0 ..+2112
2 {.9} . Wojtek (POL........................ 2010 .. 1521 .. +489
3 {40} . sandg (INA)........................ 1711 .. .408 ..+1303
4 {.5} . ajayares (AUS)..................... 1594 .. 1709 .. -115
5 {.4} . petosp (VEN)....................... 1577 .. 1728 .. -151
6 {NR} . speedster_ (INA)................... 1529 .. ...0 ..+1529
7 {106}. butch (RSA)........................ 1512 .. ...0 ..+1512
8 {19} . bbypk (ESP)........................ 1378 .. 1015 .. +363
9 {.6} . Jakub (POL)........................ 1330 .. 1675 .. -345
10 {12} . danielrosario (IND)............... 1317 .. 1317 .. 0...
11 {.7} . Buitenzorg (AUS).................. 1171 .. 1607 .. -436
12 {16} . Grice (SIN)....................... 1137 .. 1049 .. +88.
13 {11} . WTA Handicapper (GBR)............. 1078 .. 1348 .. -270
14 {NR} . Pintaled (AUS).................... 1070 .. ...0 ..+1070
15 {NR} . Rtael (CRO) ...................... 1060 .. ...0 ..+1060
16 {NR} . K&J fan (BEL)..................... 1050 .. ...0 ..+1050
17 {10} . bionic71 (AUS).................... 1035 .. 1370 .. -335
18 {NR} . VeNuS FoReVeR (USA)............... .998 .. ...0 .. +998
19 {NR} . aussie_stars (AUS)................ .941 .. ...0 .. +941
20 {22} . Elisse (GBR)...................... .894 .. .904 .. -10.
21 {NR} . YoungProfessor (NZL).............. .881 .. ...0 .. +881
22 {NR} . marcobarella (POR)................ .849 .. ...0 .. +849
23 {NR} . ntohir (INA)...................... .838 .. ...0 .. +838
24 {NR} . silent140 (USA)................... .837 .. ...0 .. +837
25 {42} . duki (JPN)........................ .828 .. .363 .. +465
26 {NR} . yucky (JPN) ...................... .818 .. ...0 .. +818
27 {NR} . polishprodigy (CAN)............... .792 .. ...0 .. +792
28 {.8} . gh[]sts (BUL)..................... .791 .. 1549 .. -758
29 {NR} . Nir (ISR)......................... .788 .. ...0 .. +788
30 {NR} . Lee-Waters' Boy (USA)............. .772 .. ...0 .. +772
.. {NR} . firefly_ac (SIN).................. .772 .. ...0 .. +772
32 {35} . Rhythmboy (BEL)................... .757 .. .482 .. +275
33 {NR} . K155-k155 (INA)................... .720 .. ...0 .. +720
34 {17} . King Aaron (MAS).................. .718 .. 1046 .. -328
35 {NR} . rusty_red_head (AUS).............. .716 .. ...0 .. +716
36 {NR} . mypapa_je (INA)................... .697 .. ...0 .. +697
37 {71} . caramel (USA)..................... .692 .. ..56 .. +636
38 {NR} . aimerent (AUS).................... .683 .. ...0 .. +683
39 {37} . kj- (INA) ...................... .681 .. .462 .. +219
40 {113}. Hardiansf (INA)................... .678 .. ...0 .. +678
41 {66} . raquel (GBR)...................... .672 .. ..93 .. +579
42 {99} . oren987 (ISR)..................... .666 .. ..12 .. +654
43 {26} . jindrich77 (CZE).................. .646 .. .817 .. -171
44 {NR} . AnnaK_Fan (POR)................... .642 .. ...0 .. +642
45 {NR} . ktwtennis (USA)................... .627 .. ...0 .. +627
46 {43} . ZAK (USA)......................... .625 .. .360 .. +265
47 {NR} . paellapan (ALB)................... .609 .. ...0 .. +609
48 {NR} . Je_ne_sais_quoi (SIN)............. .604 .. ...0 .. +604
49 {NR} . wateva (SIN)...................... .582 .. ...0 .. +582
50 {21} . bubble (SIN)...................... .566 .. .971 .. -405

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Fantastic game! Makes following the 'WTA tour so much more fun!

Je_ne_sais_quoi on PAW

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**2003 TITLE WINNERS**

--GRAND SLAMS--

AUSTRALIAN OPEN: Wojtek
ROLAND GARROS: sandg
WIMBLEDON: aussie_stars
US OPEN: yucky

--TOUR CHAMPIONSHIPS--

butch

--TIER I's--

Tokyo TPP: ajayares
Indian Wells: Wojtek
Miami: petosp
Charleston: ajayares
Berlin: ajayares
Rome: Jakub
Toronto: Grice
Moscow: butch
Zurich: Duleml

--TIER 2’S--

Sydney: VeNuS FoReVeR
Paris: earthcrystal
Antwerp: rusty_red_head
Dubai: danielrosario
Scottsdale: kimclijsters4ever
Amelia Island: aimerent
Warsaw: butch
Stanford: silent140
San Diego: Grice
Los Angeles: Mashy
New Haven: Nir
Shanghai: Pintaled & wateva
Leipzig: speedster_
Filderstadt: paellapan & petosp
Linz: twight6
Philadelphia: canuckfan

--TIER 3’S--

Gold Coast: sandg
Doha: kj-
Memphis: Rhythmboy
Bol: cdpoulin1
Strasbourg: VeNuS FoReVeR
Madrid: silent140
Birmingham: bubble
Vienna: Wojtek
Sopot: paellapan
Bali: SpikeyAidanm
Tokyo Jpn Open: kj-
Luxembourg: speedster_
Quebec City: ntohir

--TIER 4’S--

Auckland: WTA Handicapper
Sarasota: King Aaron
Estoril: Wojtek
Helsinki: speedster_
Tashkent: marcobarella

--TIER 5’S--

Canberra: Mikey
Budapest: jindrich77
Palermo: petosp
Pattaya: Duleml

--50K ITF—

Modena: AnnaK_Fan
Columbus: dario88

--TEAM--
FED CUP:
India

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**THE INDONESIANS**

THE DUX: sandg
EXPERIENCED CAMPAIGNER: kj-
THE FLAG BEARER: ntohir
THE CAULDRON LIGHTER: speedster_
LIKELY TO SKIP A FEW GRADES: ns_Henin
THE LITTLE ASSASSIN: efss
STAR PUPIL ONE DAY, ABSENT THE NEXT: mypapa_je
WHERE WERE YOU IN SEMESTER 2? K155-k155
TITLES WON BY INDONESIANS: 8

Indonesians in the top 50:

#3 - sandg
#4 - speedster_
#23 - ntohir
#33 - K155-k155
#36 - mypapa_je
#39 - kj-
#40 – Hardiansf

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Guys, one word of advice, stick with your instincts!
Some advice from #27- polishprodigy

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**THE AUSSIES**

THE DUX: SpikeyAidanm
EXPERIENCED CAMPAIGNER: bionic71
THE FLAG BEARER: aimerent
THE CAULDRON LIGHTER: azza
LIKELY TO SKIP A FEW GRADES: aussie_stars
THE LITTLE ASSASSIN: Pintaled
STAR PUPIL ONE DAY, ABSENT THE NEXT: Buitenzorg
WHERE WERE YOU IN SEMESTER 2? ajayares
TITLES WON BY AUSTRALIANS: 8

Australians in the top 50:

#1 - SpikeyAidanm
#4 - ajayares
#11 - Buitenzorg
#14 - Pintaled
#17 - bionic71
#19 - aussie_stars
#35 - rusty_red_head
#38 - aimerent

*The winner of the PAW country of the Year (it will be either of these two countries) will be announced in two days.

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“OMG, Someone catch me cause I’m going to faint. I never thought after being here only half a year I would win paw”
twight6 after his Linz triumph

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>> PAW Player End of Year Reports for the Top 20 STAR Pupils

#1 - SpikeyAidanm

This phenomenal Australian newcomer surprised everyone including himself to topple past a herd of experienced campaigners in his journey to number one. Also emerged with fine leadership qualities following a uncertain time in PAW, will be carrying a nation’s hopes on his shoulders as he enters his first Australian Open in two months.

BEST TOURNAMENT: Runner-up at Wimbledon at only his second Grand Slam.
WORST TOURNAMENT: 32nd at Tokyo TPP was the only tournament that SpikeyAidanm would earn zero ranking points for a week, it was his first tournament too.
Global Grade: A+

#2 - Wojtek

Showed plenty of spirit to complement his natural intelligence early in the year, claiming four titles and the No 1 ranking in the space of six months. However, the most intimidating player on circuit has not only lost lost his dominance, but his motivation. Nevertheless, departs on a high note as World No 2.

BEST TOURNAMENT: Claimed the Australian Open with a typically dominant performance, moved from number nine to number two as a result.
WORST TOURNAMENT: Zurich, ended 54th after a disastrous week. Loss of competitive fire are creditable reasons for his lack the perseverance qualities in this Tier 1.
Global Grade: A-

#3 - sandg

Risen in leaps and bounds over the past fifty-two weeks. Already will go down in history as the champion of one of the most dramatically fought out Grand Slams in Roland Garros. Displayed amazing consistency week in a week out, which has made him a popular mentor for his upcoming PAW compatriots.

BEST TOURNAMENT: Whilst there are so many to choose from, the gusty French Open one-point victory stands out.
WORST TOURNAMENT: 48th in Sarastosa, but champions aren’t expected to peak week in week out.
Global Grade: A

#4 - ajayares

Despite remaining idle since Wimbledon, ajayares still finished world number four which brightly illustrates the talent of this ace. Three Tier 1 crowns including a defence of his Berlin title in the space of five months, has already made himself as a household name. The PAW Tour greatly misses the genius chess-like strategies that ajayares implemented.

BEST TOURNAMENT: Berlin, ajayares became the only player in 2003 to successfully defend a title from the previous year. He did it in fashionable style as well, eliminating 72 fellow competitors through some insightful decisions.
WORST TOURNAMENT: Hard to find a fragile component of the ajayares arsennal, but 53rd in Sarastosa was unexpected.
Global Grade: A

#5 - petosp

Predicting a completely rain-free Wimbledon would bode a better probability, than picking petosp’s performance at a certain PAW tournament. Results in 2003 took the pattern of a roller-coaster’s journey in Venezuela’s most famous theme Park. Although the petosp juggernaut delivered three titles including Miami, he often seemed to be jittery with the high expectations in Grand Slams, only reaching the top sixteen on one occasion.

BEST TOURNAMENT: Miami, petosp won by a margin of ten points, displayed a sense of courage by picking Sarah Taylor to win a couple of her matches, traits of a champion.
WORST TOURNAMENT: 67th in the US Open, not the performance expected from a player playing in his seventh Grand Slam.
Global Grade: B+

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“I was so lucky to predict 4 straight upsets and got them”
petosp after his Miami crown

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#6 - speedster_

Rose into a Grand Slam contender faster than any tour rookie of the past thanks to a 3rd place finish at the French Open. An inspiration to those that are hard workers, speedster_ benefited from plenty of practice in minor tournaments since his Miami debut, and has gradually adapted his form onto the elite stage, also claimed three titles which in essence demonstates his versatility on all surfaces.

BEST TOURNAMENT: Leipzig, started the tournament by picking the first four matches incorrectly, which makes this electrifying triumph all the more remarkable.
WORST TOURNAMENT: The straight week after, speedster_ could not consolidate his form performing rather remotely to finish 15th out of 22 competitors in Tokyo.
Global Grade: A

#7 - butch

A relief to seeing this South African finally living up to his potential. Displayed articulate and admirable self-belief by claiming three of the most prestigious titles – the LA Tour Champs, the Kremlin Cup and the J&S Cup in Warsaw. Butch moved up more than 100 places in 2003, which in itself is quite an astonishing accomplishment.

BEST TOURNAMENT: LA Championships, butch had been one of the lower ranked players and was able to take advantage during the so called “day four crisis.” Played safe to win the championship by one point, displaying his new-found maturity levels this year.
WORST TOURNAMENT: butch’s three Grand Slams averaged a 60th place finish, quite shocking for a year end number 7th. But this experience will deinfately assist him next year.
Global Grade: A-

#8 - bbypk

Probably the most underestimated, underrated and quietest assassins who has put together an extremely nicely carved out year. Finished in the top ten of a staggering tournament fourteen times this season. However this dynamic Spaniard, who halved his 2002 year-end rank, was unable to win a title or make a final in 2002, a drought he will be willing to break next season.

BEST TOURNAMENT: Semi-final finish in the Australian Open would prove a stepping stone for the rest of the season.
WORST TOURNAMENT: 41st in Tokyo the week after, but one understands he was probably too busy partying.
Global Grade: B+

#9 - Jakub

The sentimental favourite ran out of gas towards the end of the season and a re-evaluation of goals for 2004 should take priority during the Christmas Break. Nevertheless Jakub claimed Rome with a pick to spare, and also did something no one else could achieve in 2003, that is finished 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th ,5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th on ten separate occasions.

BEST TOURNAMENT: Rome, Jakub virtually led from start to finish, which meant he had a dominating and luxurious week at the Foro Italica. Won with one pick to spare as well.
WORST TOURNAMENT: Tashkent, top ten players are usually expected to dominate Tier IV events, but rusty form would result in a rather average 15th place finish.
Global Grade: B

#10 - danielrosario

Like bbypk, he is not the biggest star attraction but still shows extraordinary conditioning, stamina and patience in all tournaments. Fed Cup heroine tended to taste his best success on hardcourts, finishing 6th in the US Open and winning Dubai. Finished 2003, with the exact same ranking points as the previous year and will be looking to show greater adaptability to other surfaces next year, if he is to break into the top 5.

BEST TOURNAMENT: US Open, danielrosario was able to manage the pressure of being the defending semi-finalist with a stack of points to defend by placing a respectable 6th.
WORST TOURNAMENT: 46th in Filderstadt certainly sticks out.
Global Grade: B-

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#11 - Buitenzorg

Played the most tournaments in 2003 of any PAW players, confirming his commitment to PAW. Whilst Buitenzorg always looked sharp in tune-up events, he somewhat failed to live up to his Grand Slam potential, often rushing his picks without deep thought. Finished off strong by placing 4th in the Tour Champs, which makes him a dangerous floater in every tournament he enters.

BEST TOURNAMENT: 6th place at the prestigious crowns of SW19 in Wimbledon was made after rather poor performances at the first two Grand Slams.
WORST TOURNAMENT: Equal 57th in Amelia Island was a confidence shaker, after he had been runner-up in Sarastosa two weeks earlier.
Global Grade: B

#12 - Grice

Grice made several strives in 2003, which were to come in between rough patches. The Singaporean claimed two big titles by the name of Toronto and the Acura Classic within the time span of three weeks. However struggled to exert much noise on clay, something Grice will look to improve in the upcoming year.

BEST TOURNAMENT: 1st place in Toronto, meant Grice won his second title in three weeks. Something no other PAW player could achieve in 2003.
WORST TOURNAMENT: Both Los Angeles (52th) and New Haven (56th), which were ironically made just a week after each of these titles.
Global Grade: B-

#13 - WTA Handicapper

Game has somewhat dovetailed wildly throughout the season, which started on a promising note following his Auckland truimph. Mature age veteran has yet to distinguish himself on clay, but sportsmanship qualities mean he will always be a fan’s favourite.

BEST TOURNAMENT: 10th at Wimbledon, we know how hard Tim Henman has to carry the nation’s expectations and partian crowd with with him, well WTA Handicapper had to do exactly the same.
WORST TOURNAMENT: 43rd in Scottsdale, the lack of accessibility of WTAWorld over the final few days did not help either.
Global Grade: B-

#14 - Pintaled

This feisty PAW competitor who made her debut in Charleston has serious sleeper potential. However the youngster has accumulated most her points at a Tier down from Grand Slams. Went on a hot run from Sopot until Shanghai, and will be hoping cease a perceived mini-slump from strong performances during the Aussie stretch.

BEST TOURNAMENT: Second place in Toronto raised a few eyebrows since he was playing clay court tournaments for preparation.
WORST TOURNAMENT: 24th place in Warsaw was an uncharacteristic performance, Pintaled seemed to lose confidence after falling down the league table early.
Global Grade: B+

#15 - Rtael

Like fellow teenager bombshell Pintaled, Rtael announced her presence to the PAW Tour finishing Runner-up at the French Open. Always a darkhorse in every tournament she enters and will be hoping that her lacklustre finish to the season will be a blessing in disguise.

BEST TOURNAMENT: Usually one has be experienced to the rigorous demands that Grand Slams take out of you. But Rtael’s Roland Garros campaign brushed aside all odds, finishing just one point away from the trophy.
WORST TOURNAMENT: 16th in Bol, like compatriot Karolina Sprem, the public expectation hindered her performance.
Global Grade: B

#16 - K&J fan

The cheerful and always bubbly Belgian’s grinding techniques usually paid dividends throughout 2003. Averaged a 9th place finish in his six hardcourt tournaments during the US summer stretch. Will benefit from some off-season evaluation after finding the LA Tour Championships field rather daunting.

BEST TOURNAMENT: Playing in only his 3rd PAW Tournament, K&J fan’s second place finish in Berlin showed evidence of a champion of the future.
WORST TOURNAMENT: 28th in Philadelphia showed signs that he was starting to tire after a long yet breakthrough year.
Global Grade: B

#17 - bionic71

The bionic bandwagon failed to produce noise on a consistent basis throughout his second year of PAW. Encouraging early season high finishes in Melbourne, Tokyo TPP, Tokyo Jpn Open and Linz, were sandwiched with a series of lacklustre and somewhat miserable results for the wise Australian. On a positive note, a return to form proves there is still some petrol left in the tank.

BEST TOURNAMENT: Tokyo TPP (3rd) and Tokyo Japan Open (2nd), sure that may be eight months apart. But the capital of Japan remarked the disintegration and the sprouting of new uprisings for the unpredictable journeyman.
WORST TOURNAMENT: 57th in Bali, career looked dull at the time.
Global Grade: C+

#18 - VeNuS FoReVeR

PAW players were left saying “VeNuS who?” after the American was left in solid contention for the PAW Championships, but nevertheless remained absent. VeNuS FoReVeR lion sized heart ensured him/her of two titles and two runner-up finishes. Absolutely dominated Sydney earlier in the year. A real pity that such a promising and delightful career has been prematurely suspended.

BEST TOURNAMENT: Sydney victory by exactly 32 points over second placed – Jakub (second most comprehensive title win of 2003). It was also VeNuS FoReVeR’s second tournament, believe it or not.
WORST TOURNAMENT: Mind was obviously was elsewhere in his/her 69th place finish in Rome.
Global Grade: B

#19 - aussie_stars

Remarkable Wimbledon glory after only one tournament cements him as potentially the lowest ranked player ever to win a Grand Slam (#141). All the talent in the world but confidence played hide and seek too often through the remainder of 2003, only achieving three other top 10 finishes.

BEST TOURNAMENT: Wimbledon, fulls dot.
WORST TOURNAMENT: Equal 59th in Zurich raised an argument that is this player just a “One-Slam Wonder.”
Global Grade: B-

#20 - Elisse

Always the bridesmaid but never the bride was a saying that still held some creditability after Elisse went through another season titleless. She did have her opporunities though, her failure or inability to pick her last PAW in Warsaw cost her of the title. Similarly picking all 13 PAWS too early cost her of a potential Kremlin Cup crown.

BEST TOURNAMENT: Runner-up in Scottsdale, so close but so far away…
WORST TOURNAMENT: 53rd in Leipzig, late season slide meant her chances were dimisnishing to qualify for the LA Champs.
Global Grade: C

>> THE OTHER ACES

#21 - YoungProfessor

Lone top 100 New Zealander’s form was like opening a box of sweets. You never knew what to expect.

#22 - marcobarella

Major soap opera overshadowed four final finishes.

#23 - ntohir

Late season surge that included four top five finishes strongly suggests he may do some serious damage next year.

#24 - silent140

Underachiever at the Slams so far, but he remains one of an elite group to have captured two or more titles this season.

#26 - yucky

see aussie_stars: stunned everyone by winning the US Open in their 3rd tournament, but game strategy has been in muddled straits ever since.

#27 - polishprodigy

Along with Tanasugarn will need to learn to contain his celebrations until the very last moment, already has a remarkable aptitude.

#29 - Nir

Teenage prodigy that has amazed all with his performance at their first few tournaments. The current leader of the growing Israeli contingent, should be nurtured carefully to prevent burn-out.

#30 - firefly_ac

Would be a candidate for top honours in who dares wins, courage has served him fruitfully all year long with several breakthrough performances.

#62 - Duleml

Destined for superpower status after winning just two titles from six tournaments, the next question is how will he handle the pressure?

#71 - azza

More seasoning is due, but when ripe, he can be dangerous.

#80 - saab95

May have supplanted KodeRED as the best Russian player, but the roulette has not been rolling recently.

#83 - canuckfan

Wunderkind frenzy is already ranked 83rd after only two tournaments.

#99 - AlexSydney

Name will ring a bell next year, obtained the highest average tournament finish from any PAW players that had played six tournaments or more, this year.

>>2003 STATISTICS and FACTS PARADE

**#1-RANKED PLAYER**

January 1st - March 18th......Williams Rulez
March 18th – November 11th....Wojtek
November 11th - Present.......SpikeyAidanm

**TOP 10 by “Best 18th tournament”**

1. SpikeyAidanm.......35 pts
2. danielrosario......30 pts
.. Buitenzorg.........30 pts
4. Wojtek.............29 pts
.. WTA Handicapper....29 pts
6. speedster_.........27 pts
7. sandg..............24 pts
.. bionic71...........24 pts
9. bbypk..............20 pts
10. marcobarella......19 pts

*Most Titles*

1. Wojtek.............4
2. ajayares...........3
.. butch..............3
.. petosp.............3
.. speedster_.........3
6. Duleml.............2
.. Grice..............2
.. kj-..............2
.. paellapan..........2
.. sandg..............2
.. silent140..........2
.. VeNuS FoReVeR......2

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Undoubtably the best tennis game on the Net
danielrosario on PAW

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*Most Runner-up finishes*

1. SpikeyAidanm.......4
2. marcobarella.......3
3. petosp.............3
4. bubble.............2
.. Buitenzorg.........2
.. caramel............2
.. firefly_ac.........2
.. VeNuS FoReVeR......2

Most Semi-final finishes

1. bbypk..............7
2. Buitenzorg.........5
.. Rtael..............5
4. AnnaK_Fan..........3
.. bionic71...........3
.. danielrosario......3
.. K155-k155..........3
.. mypapa_je..........3
.. Nir................3
.. Pintaled...........3
.. speedster_.........3
.. SpikeyAidanm.......3
.. YoungProfessor.....3

Most Quarter-final finishes

1. speedster_..........7
.. SpikeyAidanm........7
3. danielrosario ......6
.. K&J fan.............6
.. Pintaled............6
.. Wojtek..............6
.. WTA Handicappe......6
8. bionic71............5
.. gh[]sts.............5
.. raquel..............5
.. sandg...............5

2002 – 2003 Big Ranking Risers

~ SpikeyAidanm..........NR to #1
~ speedster_............NR to #6
~ butch...............#106 to #7
~ sandg................#40 to #3
~ Wojtek................#9 to #2
~ Pintaled..............NR to #14
~ Rtael.................NR to #15
~ K&J fan...............NR to #16
~ VeNuS FoReVeR.........NR to #18
~ aussie_stars..........NR to #19
~ bbypk................#19 to #8
~ caramel..............#71 to #37

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yippie !!! my first ever WTA-title :woohoo:
:woohoo:
:woohoo:

thanks to Nathalie, Anabel, Dinara, Klara, Petra and of course Anna :worship: :lol:

I have to admit Marco and his sister were really putting my early lead under a lot of pressure and were giving me hard times, but that Klara over Petra win from friday was giving me some air... Anna did a great job today :) :worship:... so well played all !

I'd say : up to Helsinki :bounce: :bounce:
paellapan after first PAW title in Sopot

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2002 – 2003 Big Ranking Fallers

~ Williams Rulez.........#1 to #168
~ sartrista7.............#2 to #86
~ xcrtbckhnd.............#3 to #132
~ Central...............#14 to #78
~ gh[]sts................#8 to #28
~ Jeff..................#13 to #56
~ saki..................#15 to #82
~ jindrich77............#26 to #43
~ bionic71..............#10 to #18

**Average Rank Position in league table**
>-Players with 6 Tournaments or more-<

(Positions rounded to the nearest integer)

1. AlexSydney (#99)........9th
2. speedster_ (#6)........11th
3. SpikeyAidanm (#1)......12th
4. Nir (#29)..............14th
5. Duleml (#62)...........15th
6. sandg (#3).............17th
.. Wojtek (#2)............17th

**Average Ranking Points GAIN per week**
>-Players with 6 Tournaments or more-<

1. ajayares (#4)...........80 pts per week
2. SpikeyAidanm (#1).......72 pts per week
3. Duleml (#62).............65 pts per week
4. yucky (#26)..............63 pts per week
5. Nir (#29)................61 pts per week
.. speedster_ (#6)..........61 pts per week
.. Wojtek (#2)..............61 pts per week

*Titles in their home country*

1. silent140 (USA) - Stanford

*Most Tournaments Played*

1. #11 Buitenzorg........37
2. #2 Wojtek.............36
.. #3 sandg..............36
.. #5 petosp.............36
.. #8 bbypk..............36
.. #13 WTA Handicapper...36
.. #17 bionic71..........36
.. #28 gh[]sts...........36

*Least number of tournaments in between titles*

>Grice.........1 (San Diego to Toronto)
>ajayares......2 (Charleston to Berlin)
>Duleml........2 (Zurich to Pattaya)
>silent140.....3 (Madrid to Stanford)
>speedster_....3 (Leipzig to Luxembourg)
>Wojtek........3 (Indian Wells to Estoril)
>butch.........4 (Moscow to LA Champs)

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oh.. I'm not gonna win this PAW" then Sharapova comes back with a great win... then I won the PAW with only 12 picks
kj- during Tokyo speech, his second title of 2003

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**Titles by Country**

1. Australia............. 8
.. Indonesia............. 8
3. United States......... 6
4. Poland................ 5
5. South Africa.......... 4
.. Singapore............. 4
5. Venezuela............. 3
6. Albania............... 2
.. Belgium............... 2
.. Canada................ 2
.. Portugal.............. 2
.. Serbia & Montenegro... 2
11 Czech Republic........ 1
.. Great Britain ........ 1
.. India................. 1
.. Israel................ 1
.. Italy................. 1
.. Japan................. 1
.. Malaysia.............. 1
.. Unknown............... 1

**Title defence**

1. ajayares (Berlin)

**Shared titles**

Shanghai: Pintaled & wateva
Filderstadt: petosp & paellapan

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**SPECTACULAR DEBUTS**

>> canuckfan...........Won Philadelphia on debut
>> dario88.............Won Columbus on debut
>> aussie_stars........Won Wimbledon after one tournament
>> kimclijsters4ever...Won Scottsdale after one tournament
>> VeNuS FoReVeR.......Won Sydney after one tournament
>> yucky...............Won US Open after two tournaments
>> aimerent............Won Amelia Island after three tournaments
>> Duleml..............Won Zurich after three tournaments
>> Nir.................Won New Haven after three tournaments
>> rusty_red_head......Won Antwerp after three tournaments

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wow i cant believe i have won a grand slam in just my second tournament!! everything sort of just went right for me to get a 25-1 record ;) :eek:
aussie_stars after phenomenal Wimbledon title

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**LARGEST POSSIBLE SCORING POINTS GAINS**

Writer's Note: You deserve a pat on the back in you successfully picked one or more of these matches correctly ;)

1. Los Angeles..........KUTUZOVA over Krasnoroutskaya.......200 points
.. Los Angeles..........KUTUZOVA over Stevenson.............200 points
3. Memphis..............GULLICKSON over Lee-Waters...........56 points
4. Budapest.............GAJDOSOVA over Razzano...............37 points
5. Roland Garros........MORARIU over Bedanova................36 points
.. Strasbourg...........MORARIU over Benesova................36 points
6. Strasbourg...........SPREM over Dokic.....................32 points
7. Australian Open......WEINGARTNER over Capriati............30 points
.. Madrid...............LISJAK over Craybas..................30 points
9. Australian Open......KOUKALOVA over Seles.................29 points
.. Australian Open......STOSUR over Martinez.................29 points
11 Memphis..............GULLICKSON over Goloviznina..........28 points
12 Memphis..............CACIC over Irvin.....................27 points
.. Warsaw...............PARRA over Maleeva...................27 points
.. Miami................DOUCHEVINA over Wartusch.............27 points
15 Stanford.............HAYNES over Grande...................26 points
16 Paris Gaz de France..COHEN-ALORO over Pistolesi...........25 points
.. Miami................BARTOLI over Davenport...............25 points

*MOST Number of points feasible if one picked this player to win all their matches in a particular tournament*

1. Los Angeles............KUTUZOVA........400 points (3 picks)
2. Memphis................GULLICKSON.......84 points (3 picks)
3. Strasbourg.............SPREM............77 points (5 picks)
4. Charleston.............HARKLEROAD ......75 points (5 picks)
5. Roland Garros..........PETROVA..........71 points (6 picks)
.. Birmingham.............SHARAPOVA........71 points (5 picks)
7. Estoril................SCHRUFF .........70 points (5 picks)
8. Pattaya................NAGYOVA..........68 points (5 picks)
9. Toronto................KRASNOROUTSKAYA..63 points (6 picks)
10 Amelia Island..........DEMENTIEVA.......61 points (5 picks)
11 Tokyo..................KAPROS...........59 points (5 picks)
12 Vienna.................SPREM............58 points (5 picks)
.. Scottsdale.............SUGIYAMA.........58 points (5 picks)

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“Usually there are two ways to PAW, go for the underdogs and score big points if they win, or stay safe and bet on seeds and accumulate points as you go on”
j_dementieva27 on PAW strategies

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*Most comprehensive title victories*

(by greatest number of points ahead of second place)

1. Wojtek................33 pts................Australian Open
2. VeNuS FoReVeR.........32 pts................Sydney
3. Rhythmboy.............23 pts................Memphis
.. Duleml................23 pts................Pattaya
5. petosp................22 pts................Palermo
6. aussie_stars..........19 pts................Wimbledon
7. Mashy.................18 pts................Los Angeles
.. Duleml................18 pts................Zurich
8. kimclijsters4ever.....17 pts................Scottsdale
9. speedster_............17 pts................Helsinki
10 paellapan.............13 pts................Sopot
.. SpikeyAidanm..........13 pts................Bali
.. Wojtek................13 pts................Estoril

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*2003 Tournaments – by Participants*

1. French Open (GS)......93
2. US Open (GS)..........80
3. Zurich (I)............74
4. Berlin (I)............73
5. Rome (I)..............72
6. Indian Wells (I)......69
7. Toronto (I)...........67
8. Wimbledon (GS)........66
.. Miami (I).............66
10 Amelia Island (II)....64
.. New Haven (II)........64
.. Leipzig (II)..........64
13 Bali (III)............61
14 Scottsdale (II).......60
15 Shanghai (II).........59
.. Sarastosa (IV)........59
17 Los Angeles (II)......58
18 Australian Open (GS)..57
19 Philadelphia (II).....56
20 Charleston (I)........55
.. Filderstadt (II)......55
.. Stanford (II).........55
.. Pattaya (V)...........55
24 Tokyo TPP (I).........53
25 Dubai (II)............52
26 Moscow (I)............48
.. Warsaw (II)...........48
28 San Diego (II)........46
.. Linz (II).............45
.. Palermo (V)...........45
31 Birmingham (III)......44
.. Open de France (II)...44
33 Strasbourg (III)......43
.. Sydney (II)...........43
35 Antwerp (II)..........37
36 Madrid (III)..........34
37 Luxembourg (III)......32
38 Modena (50K)..........27
39 Quebec City (III).....25
40 Tokyo Jpn Open (III...22
.. Doha (III)............22
.. Gold Coast (III)......22
43 Tashkent (IV).........21
.. Auckland (IV).........21
45 Sopot (III)...........20
.. Vienna (III)..........20
47 Helsinki (IV).........19
48 Bol (III).............18
49 Los Angeles (Champs)..16
50 Budapest (V)..........13
51 Memphis (III).........12
52 Canberra (V)...........9
.. Estoril (IV)...........9
54 Columbus (50K).........7

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“Thanx a million to everybody who assists in making PAW such a Great game”


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--The 8 Finest PAW Moments--

>>8. Filderstadt

Most PAW Champions benefit from a careful spreading of their picks from the first round to the final. However petosp’s Filderstadt campaign was contrary to that philosophy. The Venezulan entered after on Thursday (the tournament began on Monday) and as a result was forced to pick seven of the eight possible second round matches. But petosp did not need much catching up to do, the tactic proved effective as he crown co-winner for his third title of 2003.

>>7. Toronto

Newcomer polishprodigy endured a heartwarming moment in reaching his first ever QF (a 7th place finish) in his home country. However it did come without its difficulties, polishprodigy only was able to post 11 picks, out of a possible total of 16 due to a power blackout that affected the town. A week later polishprodigy would go to become runner-up at the United States Open.

>>6. Los Angeles

You really had to be a participant of this tournament to know electrifying the atmosphere was. All year players had been confronted with the prospect of gaining enormous scoring points for just one match. However they never seemed to deliver as the undergo was always defeated. Another chance faced PAW players was Krasnoroutskaya vs 14 year old Kutuzova, who had never played a main draw match yet alone qualifying. The Ukrainian shocked the Russian and as a result the players that had taken that risk had 200 “bonus” points added to their totals. Kutuzova went on to score another “200 pointer” over Stevenson, but the ones that benefited had believed in her from day one. The winner of the tournament – Mashy, ended up with a staggering 511 points by the end of the tournament (ie – averaging 32 points per each PAW :eek: )

>>5. Warsaw

A series of breakthrough picks in Warsaw for Britain’s Elisse ensured that the elusive first title was finally a definite reality. Elisse opened up an extraordinary 40 point lead after the first two days, picking all 12 of her available 13 picks in the first round. Elisse would maintain this lead until the last few days of the tournaments. Her challengers butch and ZverevaZvonareva (now Lee-Waters’ Boy) overtook her but were only at most 4 points ahead of her, with Elisse still keeping that final pick. She never used it, either if she couldn’t or forgot to, this moment should list in one of the most regrettable moments of her career. Elisse remained titleless for the rest of the year.

>>4. Leipzig

Picking your first four PAWs incorrectly often puts one in a very difficult position to at least contend with the top spots in any PAW tournament, particularly one that only allows 13 picks. But speedster_ did the inconceivable in Leipzig. The Indonesian picked his first four picks incorrectly and then was forced to take risks for the remainder of the tournament, relying on the success of the qualifiers – Kleinova, Vento-Kabchi and Callens to put him back into equal third position after day three after being equal last on day one. speedster_’s tactics proved decisive, his final pick: “Myskina over Henin-Hardenne,” was one that only a few PAW players picked correctly which would ensure him of 5 point victory and his second title. It also was a lost opportunity for his compatriot ntohir who after picking “Myskina over Clijsters” did not have the courage to pick the Russian again, and instead of 1st, he finished 5th.

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“I will always remember what happen in Leipzig in my entire career here”
ntohir, after a missed title opportunity, faltering in his last pick

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>>3. Indian Wells

Seeking to end Williams Rulez’ reign as World number 1, Polish giant Wojtek endured a nervous week. However by the early part of the second week, it looked as if he had clinched the title and hence the number one spot. This was at a response to Pdm1987’s final PAW – “Serna over Mauresmo,” which was picked incorrectly. Just the night when Wojtek was enjoying his vodka in a Polish bar, Simon announced that Pdm1987’s final pick was “too late.” The celebrations were halted, comments such as “Simon you kill me” were made and Wojtek was left crossing his fingers (and toes) for the rest of the tournament. For the record…Pdm1987 never posted a replacement.

>>2. LA Tour Championships

The final days of the tournament holding the 16 best PAW achievers of the year were some of the most dramatic and heartbreaking. Numerous players had replaced their “Dementieva over Rubin” picks by going for Rubin instead. This move seemed highly effective, especially after Rubin went on to lead 6-4, 5-2. Her collapse was frightening for nearly all PAW competitors. On the same day, Capriati would go on to beat Myskina, a match that the majority of PAW players picked incorrectly. The evitable occurred yet again, with players seeking to pick up lost points, picking yet another incorrect pick with Sugiyama shocking Henin-Hardenne. In this one-day, only three picks had been picked correctly against nineteen incorrect picks. The three players that picked one correct match on this traumatic day would end up occupying 3 of the top 5 spots.

>>1. Roland Garros

It is not a coincidence when just one little point separates first and second place in a PAW tournament, but it is when one player has 274 points and the other has 273. This meant sandg would win Roland Garros and hence 194 points more than second placed- Rtael. The closing stages of this tournament was one characterised brinkmanship, both players willing to push each other as far off the edge as possible, but neither would resist defeat. Rtael put the pressure on the last day by picking “Henin-Hardenne over Williams.” If sandg wasn’t online to witness this pick, one which he somewhat was forced to copy, he may have never perished the moment of claiming a Grand Slam.

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“I must to say Thank you to Nadia Petrova who give me 5 big pts strike”
sandg after his first Grand Slam

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RECIPIENTS OF THE INAUGURAL PAW AWARDS:

PAW Player Service Awards

An emblem is awarded to:

azza
je_ne_sais_quoi
marcobarella
Nir

Half Colours are awarded to:

nitsansh
sandg
SpikeyAidanm

Full Colours are awarded to:

Simon

>> Other Categories

* = voted by players

Most Improved Player: (tie) butch & sandg
Comeback player of the year: petosp
Most Impressive Newcomer: speedster_
Player of the Year: SpikeyAidanm
Country of the Year: Indonesia
Diamond Aces Award: nitsansh
Prestigious Sportsmanship Award*: SpikeyAidanm

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“But at the end of the day it’s a game for all to enjoy, and every one who wants to play has to be catered for if possible.”
WTA Handicapper on PAW

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:wavey: :aparty: MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYONE, see you early in 2004 :aparty: :wavey:

bionic71
Nov 21st, 2003, 12:28 PM
Well done Spikey...............and appreciated.
Big kiss for your devotion and dedication.

There is still a lot of petrol in the elegant ones thank you very much...................

I look forward to PAW 2004.

azza
Nov 21st, 2003, 12:50 PM
OMG Thankyou spikey :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship:

Nir
Nov 21st, 2003, 02:06 PM
Good work Spikey :yeah:

Only that i am a "he" and not "she" ;)

sandg
Nov 21st, 2003, 02:37 PM
Great work Spikey :worship: :worship: :worship:

Je_ne_sais_quoi
Nov 21st, 2003, 03:34 PM
WoW~! Thanks! :kiss:

kj-
Nov 21st, 2003, 04:55 PM
unbelievable work Spikey! :eek: :kiss:


:wavey: :aparty: MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYONE, see you early in 2004 :aparty: :wavey:

Hey.. don't forget.. HAPPY EID MUBARAK!! :wavey: ;)

bbypk
Nov 21st, 2003, 05:28 PM
Congratulations Spikey!!!!
:worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship:

Ive really enjoyed reading ur Review... its so nice but.... please... dont compare me with Anna K!!! :lol:
I will try to win a PAW tourney next year!! :angel: :drool:

Thanks!!! :wavey:

Jakub
Nov 21st, 2003, 05:43 PM
OMG
amazing
THANK YOU

WTA Handicapper
Nov 21st, 2003, 06:02 PM
Superb writings Spikey
WTA Handicapper

ghosts
Nov 21st, 2003, 07:11 PM
Incredible Spikey :hug: :wavey:

but what does it mean the award: *HAS HOMEWORK DURING THE HOLIDAYS* ? :p:

broncosven
Nov 22nd, 2003, 06:06 AM
Awesome Spikey

u r a credit to the game (both Paw and tennis) and an amazing person

keep up the sweet work

SpikeyAidanm
Nov 22nd, 2003, 07:20 AM
Only that i am a "he" and not "she" ;)

Sorry, it's fixed now :wavey:

oren987
Nov 22nd, 2003, 07:46 AM
WOW. Thanks :D

firefly_ac
Nov 22nd, 2003, 03:52 PM
Why am i 'Most Exciting'..Lol! Great work though!!! Will be looking forward to the next season! Hooray!Merry X'mas in advance!!!

wateva
Nov 22nd, 2003, 03:53 PM
guess the most outspoken will have to say something... nice work spikey!

Pintaled
Nov 23rd, 2003, 12:34 AM
Thanks a lot Spikey! :worship:

I enjoyed paw 2003. :)

komwalkmas
Nov 23rd, 2003, 05:55 AM
thanks mate

SpikeyAidanm
Nov 24th, 2003, 12:42 AM
Country of the Year announced.

danielrosario
Nov 24th, 2003, 06:00 AM
Thx Spikey :) This just makes the game more exciting! I can imagine the hard work involved in digging up all those quotes and interspersing them in the review.

One question tho: I though the PAW country of the year was to be the Fed Cup winner? Or was that changed?

Daniel

*resolves not to merit "LEAST DRAMATIC" title next season*

SpikeyAidanm
Nov 24th, 2003, 06:04 AM
One question tho: I though the PAW country of the year was to be the Fed Cup winner? Or was that changed?


Hey mate, yeah I changed the "Country of the Year" to the country which performed best in PAW on a overall yearly basis with Fed Cup taking consideration. I'm sorry I changed this, just felt like it was more appropriate.

Cheers :wavey:

kj-
Nov 24th, 2003, 07:33 AM
Indonesia!! :bounce:

butch
Nov 24th, 2003, 10:48 AM
Thanks Spikey! I didn't even know that I had a ranking at the end of last year... can't remember having played any games... but anyway... Thanx again!!

j_dementieva27
Nov 25th, 2003, 08:55 PM
spikey ... thanks alot for even mentioning me... your a really cool person to give a shout out to someone who has only been playing since shanghai and is ranked in the 120's... most appraochable so nice of you... i really am looking foward to PAW 2004 and maybe to my first title

oh yeah... and thanks for quoting me! lol

wow... that was cool

spencercarlos
Nov 26th, 2003, 07:35 PM
Wow What a wonderful Job :eek: :worship: its unbelieable how good things can be done, the quotes, the stats, the ranks, everything so good! :worship:, you PAW team are the example of perfection and dedication, who would not play PAW in 2004? :kiss: :worship:

Buitenzorg
Nov 28th, 2003, 12:01 PM
Great work Spikey ;) Thanks Mate :)

Rtael
Nov 30th, 2003, 05:10 AM
You Rule Spikey! However I'm also a he! :p :wavey:

marcobarella
Dec 1st, 2003, 01:08 AM
as always Spikey you are simply great.
Very beautiful job :worship: :wavey: :bounce: :yeah: :bigwave:

speedster_
Dec 1st, 2003, 01:39 AM
Thank's Spikey for your great job and for you give me so many awards :worship:

But I'm sorry that I want to replace you as #1 in 1st half year 2004 :p

SpikeyAidanm
Dec 1st, 2003, 04:49 AM
But I'm sorry that I want to replace you as #1 in 1st half year 2004 :p

Yep, I can sense a rivalry occuring between us two :p ;) :wavey:

polishprodigy
Dec 1st, 2003, 04:56 AM
thank you spikeyadam, great analysis :D

Hayato
Dec 3rd, 2003, 04:27 AM
thanks spikey, a great job!

ZAK
Dec 7th, 2003, 04:28 PM
Great analysis!! I hope to play more next year

HotSpot
Dec 18th, 2003, 07:10 AM
I love this thread...........
:wavey: :wavey: :wavey: :worship: :worship:

HotSpot
Dec 19th, 2003, 12:28 AM
INDONESIA..........!

:bounce: We are the BEST.!!! :bounce:

huge lina k fan
Dec 22nd, 2003, 10:55 PM
LEAST ADAPTABLE????
It aint MY fault im new and dont get the rules.
im glad to see u FINALLY have a FAQ and RULES page for NEWCOMERS like me to view...

Darop.
Jan 1st, 2004, 12:58 PM
OMG SPIKEY THATS AMAZING!! :worship::worship:

kfh_9118
Jan 2nd, 2004, 03:04 AM
Great work :worship:

Indonesia :D

Hantuchov
Jan 12th, 2004, 05:53 PM
:eek: :eek: :eek: I'm surprised! :eek: :eek: :eek:

Great job, Spikey! :wavey: :p