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Old Oct 26th, 2004, 03:00 PM   #1
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The Katie O'Brien Double Fault Festival

Maybe its about time the Yorkshire player was given her own permanent, magical thread in WTAWorld. She has risen from around 750 at the beginning of the year to her current ranking of 393, and the good news is that she's improving all the time!

Good luck Katie, maybe her form can live up to the thread title (yes I know its lame)

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I think Katiue has great talent, who knows what she has in store for the WTA Tour and she has years left!
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Old Nov 9th, 2004, 04:34 PM   #4
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Katie is currently playing the $25K in Port Pirie, Australia in the qualies.

She beat Lauren Cheung 6-4 4-6 6-1 in the first round and rumour has it that she has beaten Katie Pinchbeck in the second round
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She qualified there but failed to qualify the next week

Shes had a great year and theres more to come i'm sure.
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Katie is a good prospect. I remember seeing her in Edinburgh this year, hits decently off both sides, good serve. She struggled to make a particular impact against Elke Clijsters in the semis, who was outhitting her at times, but when she managed to dominate the points, she looked in control. Not wild.

Let's hope she keeps developing that game, if she can push Sanchez-Lorenzo to 46 46 then there is definately something there.
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Well shes ended the year 385ish next year she'll break the top 300
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Good luck Katie

Katie certainly has had a good year and more to come in 2005. Good luck Katie.
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I've seen Katie play in Surbiton a couple of times, and Bolton, (and Wimbledon) - was so impressed ! Her family show great support, also..
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Kaite's next tournament is Tipton $10K where she is so far the 6 seed! This is a great chance for her to make a few cheap points and even win it! After that she's in Hull $10K! I think she could well be top 300 by March!
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I think Katie might have a brill year this year.By just building on last year she will easily get top 300 and even higher if she goes for it.

If Mel is fit all year i think she can achieve the same.
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Im going to the Hull semis and i hope she is still in the tourny. this is our home town/area and she use to attend my school so it would be great tos ee her in the semis. i wish her all the best!
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Katie wins her first round match v Thomas today. Hope she and Mel play doubles.
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KATIE BT MEL THIS MORNING IN THE 1/4 FINAL BUT DOUBLES UP TO PLAY BORWELL/W-SMITH THIS AFTERNOON. GOOD LUCK
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Katie is in the final as she "beat" Emily 3-2 ret. Emily turned her ankle so hopefully she's oki! Katie plays Boulykina in the final so she can definitely win her first title! Go Katie!
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