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GoSandrine
Jan 9th, 2004, 09:31 AM
...please start picking up your game Sweetie. :kiss:

Hoping Rita can return to the terrific form she exhibited in 2002 when she had Jennifer on the ropes in Oz and almost sliced and diced her way to victory.

Please post 2004 results here. Thanks! :wavey:

GoSandrine
Jan 13th, 2004, 03:18 AM
Rita got by Anne Keothavong of Britain 6-7(2), 6-2, 6-3 in Hobart and will meet Shinobu Asagoe in the second round...

GO RITA!!! :rocker:

*JR*
Jan 13th, 2004, 11:45 PM
Yeah, that's exactly what I call her (Beatles song, if anyone here doesn't get it). ;) And la Rita Grande is very lovely! :hearts:

GoSandrine
Jan 14th, 2004, 03:13 AM
Hey Roger, nice to see someone in here besides me. :o :bigwave:

Our lovely Rita lost today to Asagoe 6-1, 7-5 so now it's off to Melbourne...

:bolt:

*JR*
Jan 14th, 2004, 01:20 PM
Hey Roger, nice to see someone in here besides me. :o :bigwave:

Our lovely Rita lost today to Asagoe 6-1, 7-5 so now it's off to Melbourne...

:bolt: Long B4.... (LINK) (http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=80838) ;)

CJ1
Jan 19th, 2004, 06:19 PM
The good form that Rita usually produces in Australia just hasn't happened this year :( sadly she has lost in the 1st rd of the Aussie Open to Jill Craybas 2-6 1-6. Come on Rita your fans are behind you, you need to believe in yourself and then you will return to winning ways and the form you showed in 2001 :)

GoSandrine
Jan 19th, 2004, 06:46 PM
CJ1, I wish it were that simple...

Losing by that scoreline in the first round to Jill is inexcusable. No offense to Jill but Rita should have at least been competitive. She's starting to lose to players ranked at her level and below which is a major cause for concern so I'm beginning to think Rita is losing her drive.

I love Rita and will continue to cheer her on with all I have in hopes she can turn things around but I'm beginning to wonder if she has the ambition to get to that 2001 level again.

I'd appreciate others' thoughts on this. Thanks! :wavey:

GoSandrine
Jan 22nd, 2004, 10:27 AM
Rita (w/ Eleni) took a set off Lindsay and Corina but lost 6-1 in the third.

Still love you Rita :hug:

GoSandrine
Feb 4th, 2004, 04:00 AM
Good news! Rita won three matches in qualies to get an entry into the main draw in Tokyo. :D

Bad news! She drew Chanda in the first round. :mad:

GoSandrine
Feb 7th, 2004, 12:35 PM
Rita draws Stephanie Foretz first round of qualies in Paris...

Forza!!! :cool:

Darop.
Feb 7th, 2004, 04:39 PM
good luck rita! ;)

GoSandrine
Feb 10th, 2004, 04:19 AM
Rita lost in first round qualies 6-3, 6-4 to Stephanie Foretz

Rita & Tax lost in first round main draw to Babsi and Patty 6-2, 6-2

:smash:

GoSandrine
Feb 16th, 2004, 03:10 PM
It's been a rocky road for Rita. (try saying that fast six times) :o ;)

Rita plays Tatiana Panova in Memphis first round.

Forza Rita!!! :hearts:

GoSandrine
Feb 18th, 2004, 09:49 AM
Rita lost to Tatiana 6-7, 6-4, 6-1. :(

Darop.
Feb 19th, 2004, 10:30 PM
Damn, I really think Ritas gonna fall out of top 100 soon...:sad:

CJ1
Mar 1st, 2004, 12:53 PM
Damn, I really think Ritas gonna fall out of top 100 soon...:sad:
Don't panic Rita will be back on form soon, she's looking forward to the clay court season.
She's had a tough start to the season as she was injured during the winter and therefore couldn't practice. She has also changed racket brands to Babolat this year and is adjusting to that. ;)

GoSandrine
Mar 2nd, 2004, 10:55 AM
Well, Rita got crushed by Marion Bartoli in Acapulco, 6-3, 6-1. :sobbing:
I think it's time to switch racquets again.:timebomb:

CJ1
Mar 3rd, 2004, 10:13 PM
Rita is having a tough time this year, she's struggling with confidence and she needs her fan's support more than ever. Her form will pick up soon I'm sure, she just needs a bit of luck with a tournament draw, then once she's won a few matches she'll be ok again.

It wasn't through choice she changed rackets, it was due to her serious injury, she'd been with Yonex for years so it's going to take time to adjust.

GoSandrine
Mar 3rd, 2004, 10:17 PM
Thanks for the info, CJ1. :wavey:

And don't worry, I'll continue to cheer Rita on as strongly as ever. :aparty:

*JR*
Mar 16th, 2004, 12:30 PM
La Bonita Italiana has great slice, but IMO doesn't construct points well enough with it. (That's gotten Conchi much further in her career).

Darop.
Mar 16th, 2004, 05:57 PM
Well said JollyRoger, and she attacks the net way too much, I saw her vs. Lindsay at Wimby, and she wasnt learning that if she came to the net she would get passed 85% percent of the time :o

Darop.
Mar 25th, 2004, 09:28 PM
Rita qualified for Miami Open and beat Majoli round 1!! :banana:

GoSandrine
Apr 8th, 2004, 09:39 PM
Thankfully Rita is through to the quarters in Casablanca thanks to two straight set victories. I believe another victory will save her from falling out of the Top 100.

Please Rita, win this!!!!!!!!!! :o :kiss: :hug:

Darop.
Apr 8th, 2004, 11:04 PM
Come on Rita! :kiss:

Though my theory is that if she doesnt fall out of top 100 this week, she will next week...:sad:

GoSandrine
Apr 9th, 2004, 12:34 AM
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(GoSandrine clobbers Dadyo on the head) ;)

Darop.
Apr 9th, 2004, 02:06 AM
:p lmao! Go Rita!!

Darop.
Apr 13th, 2004, 12:11 PM
Rita up 4-1 in the first set tie break against Srebotnik! :kiss:

Darop.
Apr 13th, 2004, 12:11 PM
5-2!

Darop.
Apr 13th, 2004, 12:12 PM
5-3...Dont choke now Rita

Darop.
Apr 13th, 2004, 12:13 PM
3 set points! (2 on serve) :bounce:

Darop.
Apr 13th, 2004, 12:14 PM
Game first set, Grande, 7 games to 6!! :kiss:

GoSandrine
May 25th, 2004, 05:49 AM
Rita recovered nicely after blowing a 5-2 first set lead to save at least one set point (that I know of) to win in straights, 7-6(7), 6-1 at RG. That first set tiebreaker proved crucial. Sharapova's next.

Forza Rita!!! :rocker:

CJ1
Jun 1st, 2004, 09:00 PM
DFS Classic, Birmingham is next up for Rita. Then hopefully Eastbourne and of course Wimbledon

GABRIEL
Jun 2nd, 2004, 02:23 AM
Hoi everybody :wavey: sorry i cannot post much recently...work is killing me...but I always support (and suffer :sad: ) for the italians, including Rita, that is giving me the biggest headaches this year...

Hope she can pick up her game a little and go up in the rankings, if she falls out of the top 100 I have a feeling she will retire...she has been on the tour for over a decade, though she is still quite young. It kills me to see her losing so easily to players she should beat with her eyes closed :rolleyes:

GoSandrine
Jun 17th, 2004, 01:47 AM
Another tough loss to Cara. :sad:

But Rita did win a match in the Plate event in Eastbourne today 6-3, 6-3 over American Teryn Ashley. Hopefully that will give her some confidence heading to Wimbledon.

Rita's walking a tightrope and in danger of falling out of the Top 100 unless she can win a couple matches at Wimby.

Keep the faith. Go Rita!!! :hearts:

Emerald
Jun 25th, 2004, 10:03 PM
Excellent win for Rita Grande at Wimbledon today in 2nd round beating Parra Santonja 5-7, 6-2, 6-3 :) :) ---> first time in 3rd round here for her.

In the 3rd round she plays Frenchwoman Virginie Razzano :eek: :eek: which is a better match to get to 4th round than it could have been for her :D :) Good Luck Rita

Task
Jun 26th, 2004, 12:32 AM
Go Rita :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

GoSandrine
Jun 26th, 2004, 03:25 PM
Rita!!! :D :woohoo:

So great to see her gaining back points and regaining much needed confidence. A third round win over Virginie would boost Rita even more.

Forza! :bounce:

Darop.
Jun 26th, 2004, 07:30 PM
Andiamo Rita!! :woohoo:

Task
Jun 27th, 2004, 04:06 PM
Rita beat Virginie in three sets. She's in wimbledon round four for the first time.

Rita :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship:

GoSandrine
Jun 27th, 2004, 04:14 PM
:banana: :bigclap: :aparty:

:woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo:

Omg, I'm so ecstatic for Rita! This is actually the first time she's ever made it past the second round here.

Keep reaching for the stars Rita. The quarterfinals are a match away. I know you can beat Paola...

Andiamo!!! :kiss:

Emerald
Jun 27th, 2004, 07:47 PM
Excellent win for Rita!! :) :) ---> good luck against Suarez :) :)

GoSandrine
Jun 28th, 2004, 03:25 AM
http://eur.news1.yimg.com/eur.yimg.com/ng/sp/ap_photo/20040627/all/l1158138.jpg

:hearts: :hearts: :hearts:

CJ1
Jun 29th, 2004, 09:59 PM
I was at 11 of Rita's 12 matches over the past 2 1/2 weeks, unfortunately I couldn't go to her 4th rd match today against Suarez, but I am so proud of her. Wimbledon should have boosted her confidence no end and hopefully she'll return to the ranking she deserves, as if she doesn't then sadly she is likely to retire at the end of the year, and the tennis world will miss her :sad:

GABRIEL
Jun 29th, 2004, 11:29 PM
well done Rita :) she is officially back in the top 100, which is somethin to start from....hopefully the US season will be a success and not retirement thoughts will reach our Rita.

This year is critical for italians, with Rita and Silvia possibly retiring.......and Francesca not leaving up to the expectations......

Elske
Jul 1st, 2004, 07:38 PM
i saw Rita's match against Suarez, here are some pics


:wavey:

GoSandrine
Jul 3rd, 2004, 03:56 AM
Beautiful pictures of Rita, Elske. Thank you! :hearts: :)

Can you please give us a brief summary of the match as you saw it? :wavey:

Elske
Jul 3rd, 2004, 01:29 PM
well we didn't see the whole match. We sat next to her parents and her brother and they were so annoying :o so we left after one set and came back in the middle of the third. It was a good match, long rallies, not a lot of errors but in the end paola just started to play better and deserved to win

GoSandrine
Jul 3rd, 2004, 02:37 PM
rowdy Italians huh? :o :lol:

I have Italian bloodlines but I'm not a pure bred. I like to call them passionate. ;)

*JR*
Jul 4th, 2004, 04:08 PM
i saw Rita's match against Suarez, here are some pics


:wavey: Nice pix! Rita Looks Like a tall version of Martina II. :)

CJ1
Jul 4th, 2004, 10:38 PM
It wasn't her parents or brother, just friends. She only has one brother, that's Vincenzo and he now works at Club Med in Italy as a tennis coach, so rarely travels with her now. She travels with her fiance who is also her coach, he's a very nice guy but quiet.

Task
Jul 7th, 2004, 12:55 AM
Congratulations on your Wimbledon run Rita. :) :)

Hope you stick around a few more years.

GoSandrine
Jul 29th, 2004, 02:17 AM
Updated results for Rita:

Palermo (http://www.itftennis.com/womens/tournaments/tournamentoverview.asp?tournament=1100010522) Italy WT 19 Jul 2004 to 25 Jul 2004 Entry : DAClay (O)

32Lhttp://www.itftennis.com/shared/images/players/h2h.gif (http://www.itftennis.com/womens/players/headtohead.asp?player=20003273&opponent=100004110) Delia SESCIOREANU (http://www.itftennis.com/womens/players/player.asp?player=100004110) (ROM) 3-6 3-6 :tape:

Better luck in Montreal Sweetie :hug:

GoSandrine
Aug 4th, 2004, 05:30 AM
Rita got through to the main draw but lost first round to Brandi 3-6,6-3,6-0. :sad:

CJ1
Aug 8th, 2004, 02:48 PM
Rita is seeded 6 in Vancouver this week, she has a tough 1st rd match against Els Callens, fingers crossed as Rita needs to win a few matches to get her ranking away from 100.

GoSandrine
Aug 12th, 2004, 12:48 PM
Rita beat Els Callens 6-4,6-4 then trounced poor Jennifer Hopkins 6-2,6-2 to earn a quarterfinal berth.

Keep going Rita! :D :drive:

CJ1
Aug 16th, 2004, 11:00 PM
Rita has scored a superb 6-1 6-2 victory over Virginie Razzano in the 1st rd in Cincinnati :)

GoSandrine
Aug 16th, 2004, 11:11 PM
wow Rita!!!! :eek: :banana: :bigclap:

I got so consumed by what was going on in Athens that I completely forgot Rita ws playing today. Terrific win! :yeah: Takes a bit of the sting out from what otherwise was a sad day for me. :sad:

GoSandrine
Aug 19th, 2004, 07:37 AM
good luck against Flavia tomorrow :kiss:

GoSandrine
Sep 1st, 2004, 02:20 PM
Rita played way too defensively against qualifier Linetskaya and lost the match because of it. She had opportunities to attack her weak second serve and instead retreated to the baseline. Better luck in the doubles with Flavia hopefully. :kiss:

GoSandrine
Sep 2nd, 2004, 05:14 AM
Doubles victory today for Rita and Flavia 6-1,7-5 :hearts: :bigclap:

They'll meet Silvia and Francesca in the next Round should Silvia and Fran win tomorrow. :)

CJ1
Sep 5th, 2004, 01:29 PM
Rita & Flavia bt Silvia and Francesca, they now play the No2 seeds Kuznetsova/Likhovtseva in the 3rd rd. :)

GoSandrine
Sep 5th, 2004, 05:31 PM
Rough day for Silvia :awww: but I'm really glad for Rita and Flavia. :hearts: They both lost tough first rounders and needed this win more than Silvia and Fran. The number two seeds Kuznetsova and Likhovtseva await. :scared: Do your best Ladies :kiss: :)

GoSandrine
Sep 6th, 2004, 05:53 AM
Rita had to withdraw from today's doubles match with a right elbow injury. :sad:

Hopefully nothing serious and she'll be able to win some matches in the fall to cement her ranking in the Top 100. :kiss:

CJ1
Sep 6th, 2004, 10:10 PM
Elbow injury is not good news, this is the same injury that has affected Rita for the past 12 months. I'm worried that this could be the end of her career, she's already thinking of retiring so with this injury returning it's not good news.
I'll keep you posted with any news.

GABRIEL
Sep 7th, 2004, 01:10 AM
YES CJ1, PLEASE LET ME KNOW HOW RITA IS DOING :sad: SHE WAS SUPPOSED TO PLAY DINHAN 75K THIS WEEK, BUT SHE WITHDREW....THIS KILLS ME, BUT I BELIEVE RITA SHOULD RETIRE IF HER GAME CANNOT GET BACK TO THE STANDARD SHE IS USED TO PLAY, IT IS TOO SAD TO SEE HER LOSING EASILY TO PLAYERS OUTSIDE THE TOP 100, WE KNOW SHE IS MUCH BETTER THAN THAT :hearts: ANYWAY, I WILL BE ALWAYS GRATEFUL TO RITA FOR THE FANTASTIC 10 YEARS SHE HAS GIVEN TO ITALIAN TENNIS. I REMEMBER I MET HER SHORTLY IN ROME WHEN SHE WAS 15-16 YEARS OLD AND SHE WAS CONSIDERED THE HUGE PROMISE OF ITALIAN TENNIS. SHE WAS, AND STAYED THROUGH HER CAREER, VERY SWEET AND FRIENDLY.

Emerald
Jun 23rd, 2005, 04:11 AM
Does anyone know how Rita is? :confused::confused:

I hope she comes back soon

GoSandrine
Jun 23rd, 2005, 12:05 PM
Emerald, thanks for resurrecting this thread. :wavey:

What fond memories from Wimbledon last year with Rita making the Sweet 16. :hug:

I suspect Rita is enjoying married life now but I hope she decides to give it another go. :)

CJ1
Jun 23rd, 2005, 09:27 PM
No news at the moment, but she does still hope to come back - she has not retired yet.

Emerald
Jun 24th, 2005, 01:57 AM
No news at the moment, but she does still hope to come back - she has not retired yet.
Thank you ;);) I look forward to seeing her in draws again :):)

Emerald
Aug 13th, 2005, 01:07 AM
Rita is back :):) She is in Canadian Open qualifying draw and is against Sfar in first match. Forza Rita :angel::angel:

takaja
Aug 13th, 2005, 09:00 AM
Finally :)

Good luck Rita :bounce:

Circoletto
Aug 13th, 2005, 10:38 AM
Bentornata Rita, good good luck :wavey:

GoSandrine
Aug 13th, 2005, 01:41 PM
:woohoo:

Welcome back Rita :hearts: :worship: I'm so glad I'll get to see her at the US Open. :D :D :D

I suppose she'll have to qualify? :scratch:

takaja
Aug 13th, 2005, 06:03 PM
21 Selima Sfar TUN d. Rita Grande 76(6) 64 :sad:

But good fighting... :)

GABRIEL
Aug 14th, 2005, 02:47 AM
I think this is not such a bad result against a decent player :p Rita has been out of the tour for almost one year, and I know she lost pretty badly in some small events in France to players ranked lower than Selima....I hope she can get her first win soon, hopefully next week she will draw some WC, a win will help her confidence, but I am very glad she is giving tennis another try, I wish her all the very best, she has been soooo unlucky during her career, I am more than sure that she could have won much more in these last 10 years if there were no injuries...:kiss:

GoSandrine
Aug 14th, 2005, 04:46 PM
Close match at least so that is encouraging :)

I doubt she'll get into the US Open main draw but I'm hopeful she'll get into qualies. Anyone know? :wavey:

CJ1
Aug 15th, 2005, 01:15 PM
It's great to see her back on the tour again after so long, totally agree it was an encouraging result.

I believe she has a main draw place for the US Open due to her special ranking of 98 for her first 6 tournaments back.

GABRIEL
Aug 15th, 2005, 08:25 PM
Rita will be in the MD at USO, her protected ranking is 98, enough to get her in the MD, though it probably would have been better to play some matches in qualies...I hope she can get some practice next week

franzit
Aug 16th, 2005, 11:40 AM
here is an article from local newspaper " Il Mattino"

Ricomincia da capo Rita Grande. E a trent'anni suonati, dopo uno stop di undici mesi per un infortunio piuttosto serio, ci vuole coraggio. E una bella dose di grinta. La campionessa napoletana torna in campo oggi a Toronto per giocare le qualificazioni della Rogers Cup, ricco torneo Wta da un milione e trecentomila dollari di montepremi: «Non vedevo l'ora di tornare - ammette la bionda tennista assente dal circuito internazionale dall'Open statunitense dello scorso anno - faccio le qualificazioni qui in Canada poi giocherò a New Heaven e quindi i prossimi Us Open dove, grazie al ranking protetto, sarò ammessa direttamente al tabellone principale». Ma Rita non nasconde qualche timore. «Non voglio fare programmi a lungo termine: vediamo un po' come vanno questi tornei e poi deciderò». La paura è legata a quel benedetto gomito che la fa penare dall'inizio del 2004. «Quando il dolore cominciò a impedirmi di giocare consultai diversi specialisti - racconta - e la diagnosi fu la stessa, l'usura. Decisi di non operarmi e di andare avanti con la fisioterapia. E poi sono passata ad una racchetta più leggera». La lunga sosta forzata ha fatto precipitare la Grande, che appena tre stagioni fa era nelle top-30 e che a luglio dell'anno scorso arrivava negli ottavi a Wimbledon, oltre il quattrocentesimo posto del ranking mondiale. E nel frattempo Rita ha anche cambiato status: dallo scorso aprile è diventata la moglie di Silvio Moine, ex tennista e suo compagno da diversi anni. Archiviata cerimonia e luna di miele, la Grande si è ributtata anima e corpo negli allenamenti: il ranking protetto le permetterà di giocare otto tornei con la sua vecchia classifica (n. 64) e di evitare le qualificazioni. A Toronto però l'azzurra non ne ha potuto usufruire visto che il cut-off (letteralmente, il taglio) del tabellone era al n. 56. «È dura affrontare le qualificazioni dopo tanto tempo, ma volevo ricominciare a tutti i costi. Il tennis mi è mancato. Certo avevo molto tempo in più per fare la casalinga o andare al cinema. Però quando lo scorso gennaio ho dovuto dare forfait agli Australian Open è stata proprio dura da mandare giù: era il primo Slam che saltavo dopo averne giocati 37 di seguito!». Tre titoli Wta conquistati in carriera - Hobart e Bratislava nel 2001, Casablanca nel 2003 - ed un best ranking, numero 24, ottenuto il 5 novembre 2001. Rita ha mostrato talento tennistico fin da ragazzina: una carriera quella della giocatrice nata a Casoria e cresciuta sui campi del Tc Napoli (per il quale ha vinto anche due scudetti di A1) segnata dalla scelta di trasferirsi a Torino, più precisamente a Rivoli dove ormai è la sua vita ma con Napoli sempre nel cuore. Salita alla ribalta con la finale del torneo junior di Wimbledon nel 1993, la Grande ha forse raccolto meno di quello che il suo tennis - bello e spettacolare ma non troppo potente - avrebbe fatto sperare. «Sono contenta per quello che ho fatto fin'ora e spero di potermi togliere ancora qualche bella soddisfazione».

CJ1
Aug 18th, 2005, 08:10 PM
The official news is that Rita will play New Haven,the US Open, then in the Slovenia Open in mid September before deciding her future and whether she will play next year. Although she does not have the pain in her elbow, she doens't know if it's strong enough to play week in week out in order to improve her ranking enough to get into main draws, therefore she may retire at the end of the year. :sad: I will let you know as soon as I hear any more news. :wavey:

GoSandrine
Aug 27th, 2005, 01:45 PM
I wish Rita all the best.

Hopefully she'll break through against Pastikova and gain some confidence. I'll be there cheering her on. :hearts:

AlexBarrington
Aug 29th, 2005, 10:47 AM
Good luck Rita!!!! :)

CJ1
Aug 30th, 2005, 01:19 PM
Sadly Rita's lack of match fitness showed as she lost to Pastikova 6-3 6-7(5)- 3-6, let's hope this match gives her the encouragement to continue playing on the Tour.

Harju.
Aug 30th, 2005, 03:42 PM
That was a close match and even though she lost, I'm happy to see her back on tour. :D

Vamos Rita ;)

CJ1
Aug 30th, 2005, 11:42 PM
It would appear that this is the last singles Grand Slam match of Rita's career :-(

GoSandrine
Aug 31st, 2005, 05:59 PM
I saw the match. This was a great opportunity for Rita to win. Pastikova was for the taking but Rita played very defensively and Pastikova, to her credit, came up with just enough in the end to pull it out.

CJ1, I hope you're wrong about Rita retiring. Hopefully her health will hold up and she'll decide to give it another run in 2006. Rita, please don't leave us. :sobbing:

The question I have is how long does Rita have her protected ranking? Will she be able to play the next three slams with it if she decides to continue?

CJ1
Sep 2nd, 2005, 01:42 PM
Thanks for the update GoSandrine, I hope she does gain encouragement from her performances in both the singles & doubles at the US Open and continues in 2006. However I did read an interview of her's where she said she thinks she's played in her final Grand Slam tournament, 2 weeks ago she said that she'll make a final decision about her future after playing in the Slovenia Open later this month. Her protected ranking is valid for 8 tournaments.

CJ1
Sep 15th, 2005, 12:32 PM
Bad news, Rita has withdrawn from next week's Slovenian Open, this may mean that she has retired :sad: as this was scheduled to be her last tournament before she made a decision about her future. I will post any further news when I hear anything.

GoSandrine
Sep 17th, 2005, 06:43 AM
:awww:

Not a good sign but I still have hope.

DoctorG
Sep 19th, 2005, 10:22 PM
Rita will play in the Biella 50k next week, she has asked and received a main draw wild card. :cool:

I'll be there, I'd be so happy if I can see Rita once more. :banana:

DoctorG
Sep 19th, 2005, 10:24 PM
http://www.tennisjournal.it/Articolo.asp?ArticoloID=7457

A Biella tutto pronto per il 50.000 $ internazionale
Tra le italiane ci sarà anche Rita Grande (19/09/2005)
Ultimi dettagli organizzativi per la grande kermesse di tennis internazionale al femminile che si appresta a vivere il CT Biella. In programma, infatti, a partire dal prossimo sabato con il tabellone di qualificazione, il 50.000 $ ITF femminile, sesta edizione Trofeo Banca Sella. Le prime due teste di serie del main draw saranno l'iberica Laura Pous-Tio (numero 76 nel ranking internazionale) e vincitrice in luglio di un'analoga competizione al Country Club Cuneo e la francese Emilie Loit (numero 82). Altre sicure protagoniste sono la slovacca Ludmila Cervanova (128), l'austriaca Yvonne Meusburger (132), la valdostana Nathalie Vierin (141), l'olandese Elise Tamaela (145), la spagnola Conchita Martinez-Granados (146), l'argentina Natalia Gussoni (148) e l'estone Kaia Kanepi (152). "Sono molto contento che il nostro torneo possa ormai considerarsi un classico del tennis italiano e di prima grandezza tra quelli organizzati in Piemonte - commenta il presidente del Tennis Biella Alberto Avonto -. Per il circolo che ho l'onore di presiedere, rappresenta un grande onore aver visto transitare sui nostri campi così tante campionesse".
Le wild card per il tabellone principale saranno assegnate alle giocatrici italiane Rita Grande, Karin Knapp e Verdiana Verardi.

CJ1
Sep 20th, 2005, 12:00 AM
Great news, there still is hope. She needs to win some matches for confidence and belief and then maybe she will continue in 2006. I feel if she was going to retire at the end of 2005 then there's no point in her playing in a Challenger, therefore I think she really wants to try and come back.

Task
Sep 20th, 2005, 12:08 AM
Good luck Rita :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Hope you stick around a while longer.

*JR*
Sep 20th, 2005, 12:10 AM
Hey Roger, nice to see someone in here besides me. :o :bigwave:

All my "Jolly" posts got zapped. :o Avanti, Bela Rita! :drool:

GoSandrine
Sep 21st, 2005, 04:05 AM
Great news! :D

Maybe playing in a few challengers will allow Rita to gain confidence and pick up some points in the process.

I fear she won't have any wild cards for next year's Slams though. :awww: :(

-Makiri-
Sep 21st, 2005, 06:28 PM
good luck Rita!!!!!!!

CJ1
Sep 25th, 2005, 09:00 PM
Rita faces world No 189 Lubomira Kurhajcova in the first round in Biella, Good Luck to Rita :-)

GoSandrine
Sep 26th, 2005, 01:07 AM
Bring it home, Rita! :D

CJ1
Sep 27th, 2005, 08:05 PM
Rita lost 1-6 4-6 but afterwards she said:


"I come from hard court of french team championship, where I lost in final; I restart to train on clay only yesterday and today at the beginning I can't litterally find the ball... The pain at the elbow seems definitevely gone away: now I continue to train on the clay to prepare next indoor events".

So the good news is she does appear to want to try and rebuild her career :bounce:

GoSandrine
Sep 27th, 2005, 11:55 PM
Thanks CJ.

Too bad about the loss but encouraging news about her shoulder. She seems in good spirits and ready to put the work in so that's something to hold our hat on. :)

:hatoff:

GoSandrine
Oct 12th, 2005, 04:11 AM
It looks like Rita is playing the Italian Series A1 Team Tournament. :)

Results from this past weekend:

Loquis TC Palladio – TC Viterbo 3-1 :D

Anna Smashnova (P) b. Sandra Zahlavova (V) 62 61

Rita Grande (http://it.sports.yahoo.com/te/profile/222.html) (P) b. Anna Floris (V) 76 62 :banana:

Maria Paola Zavagli (P) b. Valentina Sulpizio (V) 67 64 64

Sandra Zahlavova/Valentina Sulpizio (V) b. Anna Smashnova/Rita Grande (http://it.sports.yahoo.com/te/profile/222.html) (P) 62 62 :o

AlexBarrington
Sep 20th, 2007, 07:44 PM
Is born Aldo, the child of Rita! Auguri Lovely Rita!!! :)

FORZA SARITA
Sep 20th, 2007, 08:21 PM
Congratulations Rita :clap2:

GABRIEL
Sep 21st, 2007, 06:27 PM
this is actually her second child!! :eek: she was very quick ....got pregnant again just after she gave birth to her first child...wow