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broncosven Feb 20th, 2004 07:55 PM

Nicole Pratt

(4) Nicole Pratt (AUS) d. (2) Marion Bartoli (FRA) 46 76(3) 62
Maria Kirilenko (RUS) d. (3) Tamarine Tanasugarn (THA) 63 62

this is great for Pratt - she can win her 1st title here . . . has been in a couple finals but this is easily her best chance to win her maiden title

Good Luck Pratt

Vicky88 Feb 20th, 2004 11:09 PM

I'll agree that it's great to see Nicole doing so well. She has had a solid start to the year, and if she can do well her next few tourneys she should break the top 50 again.

Would be great to see Nicole win a title as she has fought so hard her entire career and to win would be a great payoff for her.

Aussie_Kim Feb 21st, 2004 05:40 AM

:worship: Huge Congrats for Nicole. :worship:
great to see some gutsy performances yet again.
And goodluck for the final- take the tittle!!

SpikeyAidanm Feb 21st, 2004 05:45 AM

:clap2: for Miss Fighter :awww:

broncosven Feb 21st, 2004 06:48 AM

Well its on tonight she guess we will no in the morning - she guess some guys if ya awake tonight can follow to scores and know

i would luv to but i gotta play league tomorow

GO NICOLE !!!!!!!!! U DESERVE IT !!!!!!!!!!!

SM Feb 21st, 2004 08:52 AM

hope she wins her 1st and more to come.

azza Feb 21st, 2004 09:43 AM

Nicole Plays in less then 2 hours :worship: Go Nikkie u really need to win :awww: coz i pawd you :smash: :kiss:

broncosven Feb 21st, 2004 09:54 AM

She won the previous metting 6-4 6-2 so lets hope she does it again

broncosven Feb 21st, 2004 07:53 PM

Pratt Wins First Tour Title

HYDERABAD, India - At the age of 30, Australian Nicole Pratt (right) has fulfilled every professional tennis player's dream - to win their first title.
Pratt, runner-up to Monica Seles at the Shanghai event in 2001, went one better at the $140,000 ING Vysya Hyderabd Open Saturday, defeating first-time finalist, 17-year-old Russian Maria Kirilenko, 76(3) 61. The win should see Pratt on the verge of a Top 50 ranking once again, while Kirilenko will edge past her previous career-high of No.117 to around No.115.

Fourth-seeded Pratt was pushed to three sets twice during the week - in the first round by Indian wildcard Sania Mirza and in the semifinals by No.2 seed Marion Bartoli. She becomes the first woman in 2004 to win their first WTA Tour singles title.

Kirilenko's previous best result at a WTA Tour event was a quarterfinal finish in Hyderabad 12 months ago. The 2002 US Open junior champion also reached the third round at Flushing Meadows last year in her Grand Slam debut.

For winning the singles title, Pratt wins US$22,000, while runner-up Kirilenko earns $12,000.

History was created in the doubles event, as 17-year-old Mirza became the youngest-ever Indian - male or female - to win a professional Tour event and the first woman from her country to capture a WTA Tour title.

As a wildcard team with experienced South Africa Liezel Huber, Mirza helped defeat Chinese No.3 seeds Li Ting and Sun Tian Tian 76(1) 64 in Saturday's final. It was Huber's 10th WTA Tour doubles title.

broncosven Feb 21st, 2004 07:55 PM

This is great news!!!


lets hope there more fortune in the future for u . . . .CONGRATS AGAIN !!!

Vicky88 Feb 21st, 2004 11:31 PM

Fantastic outcome. Nicole has shown what can be done with a bit of perserverance. Her mental attitude is great and there are many other players out there who could learn from her.

aussie_stars Feb 22nd, 2004 01:14 AM

well done Nicole :bounce: :worship:

Aussie_Kim Feb 22nd, 2004 10:57 AM

:aparty: Congrats Nicole!!!! :smooch:

louloubelle Feb 25th, 2004 10:29 AM

Truly deserved, Nicole has put so much work in, that it would've been sad if she hadn't got a title in her career. Intresting to see were this takes her. With the monkey of her back she could win a few more.... or is this the apex??

Great to see that she didn't suffer too much of a letdown to beat Zheng. Next Sugiyama who she has a great record against.

broncosven Feb 25th, 2004 07:03 PM

Well sugiyama won . . . . but still won't diminsh the past week nicole has had

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