Week 1: 25/07/2005
Posted Jul 25th, 2005 at 06:00 AM by Mana
This week on tour we see the return of the very talented Marama sisters! A pleasing sight to all New Zealand tennis fans. They, along with Leanne Baker will be playing in the $10k in Dublin. Eden won this tournament a couple of years ago so she knows how to play here. But unfortunately since she has not been playing on the circuit lately, she has to qualify to gain entry in to the main draw. I have no doubt that she and her sister Paula will put on a good showing here. Leanne on the other hand should seriously be considering winning this tournament. She has had some success in singles already this year and will be looking for her second title. I would like to see Leanne playing a lot of singles because she is a very good player on her day. She does not lack weapons either, when she has her big serve and forehand on form, she’s unstoppable. (Just ask Rika Fujiwara! Leanne thrashed here earlier in the year 75 64.) Marina Erakovic is not playing this week. Shona Lee is still in New Zealand after playing an U18 ITF Junior tournament last week in Auckland. For the record, Shelley Stephens is officially retired.
Good luck in Ireland girls!