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Old Jan 24th, 2006, 12:13 AM   #46
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She's in a fight, with Asagoe, vs. Black/Stubbs right now!
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Old Jan 24th, 2006, 12:22 AM   #47
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A bagel that last set!
Excellent work, Katie/Bubu!
Into the semis!
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They lost
But a great run this year and better days ahead!
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Better days, indeed!
Katie def. Craybas at the PPO--too bad she drew Dementieva.
She put up a good fight, tho'.
Shame about her and Asagoe
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here you can download the last game of Katarina's first round match against Schiavone.

Srebotnik d. Schiavone (last game)
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=AC36DESA

Instructions for use: Just surf to the website of megaupload.com, right next to the big title (Megaupload), you'll see some numbers counting off in the sentence 'Wacht alstublief ? seconden' wich means 'please wait ? seconds'
After that you can click at 'Klik hier om te downloaden' which means 'Click here to download'...
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Phooey!
Lost second round...
Stay tough, Katie!
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22. 2. 2006, siol.net reports:
http://sportal.siol.net/default.asp...010602221053020

My translation (all of the grammar mistakes are mine):

Srebotnik from now on in Dubai


Maribor – Tax reforms that were made a year ago have forced the best Slovenian tennis player and one of the richest Slovenian athletes Katarina Srebotnik to look for a new place to live in. She chose Dubai, but she will remain a Slovenian citizen.





"The tax laws here are such that they don’t support top athletes. They take 50 % of our earnings and even more in the countries with which Slovenia doesn’t have a double taxation agreement. I will return to Slovenia only to visit my family and maybe to train sometimes. Sad, but true,” said Srebotnik.


Katarina Srebotnik, who will remain a citizen of Slovenia and doesn’t have a basic conditions for a United Emirates citizenship (20 years of living in the country, knowledge of Arabian and muslim faith) had so far earned 1.982.287 $ from the WTA funds, and 104.101 $ this year.
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Heard it and I think it's smart with this new stupid tax legislation
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Longer article from daily newspaper Večer (http://www.vecer.si/vecer2006/defau...006022204094668 - original Slovenian version)

(more tax clarifications and also something about Katarina's tennis plans for the near future):

The best Slovenian tennis player Katarina Srebotnik has moved to Dubai

Happy under the Arab sun

But mostly richer living there – A new slap in the face of a country for it’s tax laws, who have, after Jolanda Čeplak, driven another athlete to a foreign country.

Katarina Srebotnik has decided not to “sponsor” Slovenia with her prize money anymore.



After our best athlete, Jolanda Čeplak, chose Monaco as her permanent home, another athlete from Velenje decided this way. With that difference that she chose Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

"Slovenian tax law is un-friendly to top athletes, since it takes 50 % of our prize money. If it has an agreement with the country in which the competition takes place, it takes as much to amount in the end again to 50 %. Because of this I have decided at the end of the last year to choose Dubai for my permanent place of living. I have to think of the future. Career of a top player is short, ten years or maybe a year more, so you have to assure yourself some financial grounds for the rest of your life in that short period of time. So I’ll be less in Slovenia, since I’ll be preparing for some tournaments in Dubai, where they have good training conditions all year around, “ confirmed Srebotnik in Maribor yesterday.

Let’s look at the last case. The prize received by Srebotnik after the Antwerp tournament in which she won in doubles, together with the Russian Dinara Safina and in the singles where she lost in the 2. round was a bit less than 23.000 $. After paying Belgian and Slovenian tax the money split. If we add costs of travel and living, paying the coach and management agency (and we could easily find extra costs) Srebotnik was only left with around 5000 $.

Katarina Srebotnik has moved into a 16. place after her doubles win. “I played with Safina in the doubles for the first time and our success confirms we can play well together. The draw decided we had to play against each other in the second round. She has beaten me 3 times before and I had to admit her supremacy again this time. I’m happy with my play in Antwerp and I think they are a good sign for further tournaments.”

Srebotnik has returned from Belgium to Maribor for a brief period of time and tomorrow she’ll travel to Novi Sad where she’ll train for her performance in the tournaments “Over the pond”. “I’ll play in the Miami, Amelia Island and Charleston tournaments. I was especially successful in Charleston last year, where I reached quarter final and lost to Elena Dementieva only after a tough fight in 3 sets.”

(Writer of the article is Zmago Gomzi, translation - mistakes and all - was done by me without authorisation)
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Heard it and I think it's smart with this new stupid tax legislation
Yes, I hate the tax reform too; for one it confuses me (and I'm just about to get a degree in Economy )
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Yes, I hate the tax reform too; for one it confuses me (and I'm just about to get a degree in Economy )

Shame on you.
Well I'm a future lawyer hopefully and can't be bothered with it either :shrug.
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another story, from Jana magazine (from this tuesday)

This is mainly just a positive story about Katarina, her future plans etc, I translated it, since she is usually not the focus of many stories and maybe some people here who don't understand Slovenian want to read it (if someone wants to read it in Slovenial, tell me and I'll post a scan). No big controversies or slandering here, just a story centered around her own words.




I Had To Do This For Myself



»I started thinking about this step a year ago, when Slovenian Tax Law changed – it's such that it doesn't support top athletes,« says Katarina Srebotnik: »We athletes don't have forty years of career. We are bound by our health and results. Our career lasts from five to ten years and we have to earn enough to secure a life in this period. The state takes away 50 % of my earnings, so I decided to move.« This is not all: she pays this much if playing in America, with which Slovenia has a double taxation agreement. »I pay 30 % tax there right away and then 20 % in Slovenia. If the country doesn't have the agreement with Slovenia, I pay the tax to them and then another 50% to Slovenia. They write a lot about how much people are earning here, but nobody looks on it from the other side, how much they take from us and then we have to pay for all of the traveling costs, we are away for ten months a year, for coach… The things look different then.«



The Experiences Make You Stronger



The decision about moving wasn’t easy, she stresses. It will surely be even more difficult if she wasn’t able to adapt to living away from home. “When I went alone to competition in America at 14 – we had hard time collecting the money for the trip – I got terribly homesick on the first day already. I called my parents and cried that I wanted to go home. They comforted me and convinced me to stay.” It was worth it, since she won there. “Years and experience make you stronger and more independent, so it was easier to leave now. If I was studying at home r going to work every day it wouldn’t be as easy. When I finally decided, it was done for me.” She isn’t questioning her decision any more. She is aware she’ll hear opinions and comments. “For now everybody I heard from supports me and understands.” She had to do this, since it was for her own good. He parents helped a lot with her decision. “We talked a lot and I would have a hard time making this step without their support. Her father has already been to Dubai, when he escorted her to tournaments.



She was deciding between several countries, but in the end Dubai won, one reason being, she has several friends there who helped her with arranging everything that was needed for the move. Even thought this is a popular touristic city with many interesting sights, she hasn’t had much time to explore them. “I like discovering new places. I’m always glad when I go to a tournament in a place I haven’t visited before., to meet new people and experience new cultures.” There will be time for exploring Dubai. She did see the famous seven-star sail-shaped Burj Al Arab hotel. She has also seen their huge shopping centers, one has even a real ski-slope with everything that goes with it. “I’ve seen it, yes, but I swear on real skiing. But I have to admit it would be interesting to ski in the morning and then to spend the afternoon on the beach. I’ll be sure to try that when I find time.” Time is something she doesn’t have a lot of. Since she has moved to Dubai two months ago, she has been to the beach only one time, for just ten minutes. “I can say I only tasted what their see is like.” Her exotic new home is already attracting her friends. “Yes, I had offers from them to visit me,” she laughs. Sometimes she regrets not seeing them enough. “Being a tennis player sounds good on paper, but rare people understand how much you need to give up for it. I can’t remember when I was at the seaside in the summer for the last time, for example.” That is the time when the tennis season is in full swing. She can’t have many friends since she’s away from home so much. But she has a circle of people with whom she gets along well. One of them is her coach, Biljana Veselinović from Novi Sad, with whom she has been cooperating for two years. “We talk a lot, even about things that don’t concern tennis.”





I Might Not Come Back



As before her move to Dubai, her life will continue on the many tournaments around the world- “I’ll train in Dubai sometimes, sometimes in Novi Sad with my coach, in between I’ll visit my family in Slovenia. A home she will be spoiled with home cooking from her mother and grandmother, she misses that a lot abroad. She is not fond of foreign cooking and even in Dubai she intends to remain loyal to the food she knows from hoe. “When I was younger I tried out new dishes, but my stomach couldn’t handle them, so I like to only eat the food I know, especially when I’m competing.”



When we were talking she was just on her way to train in Novi Sad. “Before the tournament in Miami I would like to go to Dubai for a little while.” She is at the top of her career now, will she return to Slovenia once that is over? “Oh, I’m not thinking about this now. Lot of people ask me what I’ll do once finish my career.” Right now she’s doing well and thinking only about tennis. “Even after that I’ll stay in tennis circles. I don’t know what I’ll do, we’ll see about that…” she was secretive. “You never know how the life turns out, maybe I’ll meet someone down there, Dubai is a huge city with people from all over the globe, maybe I’ll start a family there and have hard time going back.”
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Thanks a lot for translating these interviews!
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