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Old Jul 16th, 2007, 06:12 PM   #31
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yeah. hopefully akgul can win some maindraw matches. her potential first round opponents aren't too bad, at least.
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Old Jul 17th, 2007, 08:56 PM   #32
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akgul won her first round match today over connie hsu 6-1, 6-3.

she didn't lose her serve once the entire match, saving the one breakpoint she faced.
she faces another american, bethanie mattek, in the second round.
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Old Jul 17th, 2007, 09:16 PM   #33
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Ha, that was lucky, drawing a wild card for her first main draw match. Mattek will be a tougher test for Akgul, so I'm glad she didn't have to work too hard today. I'm sure that one will be on center court, like today's match. GOOOOOOOOO AKGUL, YOU CAN DO IT!
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Old Jul 17th, 2007, 09:32 PM   #34
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Good luck Akgul
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good luck Akgul
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Old Jul 19th, 2007, 03:07 PM   #36
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she plays second on center court.
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Old Jul 20th, 2007, 01:12 AM   #37
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Here we are in in a 3rd-set tiebreak in what has turned into a night match!

From a 4-1 lead to 4-3 now ...
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Old Jul 20th, 2007, 01:13 AM   #38
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5-3
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Old Jul 20th, 2007, 01:16 AM   #39
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6-4 .... AKGUL WINS!!! 26 75 76(4), in 2 hours, 12 minutes (not counting rain time!)

What a year for the Gentle Giant.

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http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/...nnati-Open.php

Amanmuradova's best previous finish was reaching the finals of the Tier IV event at Tashkent in her home country in October 2005. She fought back from a 0-4 deficit in the third set to force the tiebreaker before winning the match.

"I was thinking I just have to keep fighting and do whatever I can," said Amanmuradova, who had to qualify for the main draw. "When it got to 4-2, I was thinking I just needed one more (service) break. She was tired. It was a long match for us. I knew she couldn't play the whole match as well as she had been playing. I had to fight and run down every ball."
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Old Jul 20th, 2007, 05:05 PM   #41
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http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.d...707200364/1062

This player's up for a tall challenge

BY JASON WILLIAMS | ENQUIRER CONTRIBUTOR

MASON - At 6 feet 3, Akgul Amanmuradova has the distinction of being the tallest player on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour.

This week, she hopes to gain an identity through her play.

Amanmuradova has reached the quarterfinals of the Western & Southern Financial Group Women's Open, the deepest she has advanced in a tournament of this level. And she certainly earned it.

Having overcome a toothache and a bee sting during qualifying last weekend, Amanmuradova outlasted Bethanie Mattek 2-6, 7-5, 7-6 (4) in a marathon second-round match Thursday. Actual play lasted 2 hours, 12 minutes, with two rain delays that combined to last 2 hours, 21 minutes.

Plus, Amanmuradova was down 0-4 in the third set.

"I just kept fighting," said Amanmuradova.

That seems to be the story of her career.

Amanmuradova, 23, of Uzbekistan, never has been able to obtain a sponsor. Instead, she has been dependent on the Uzbekistan Tennis Federation, which pays for her expenses but reportedly takes 50 percent of her earnings.

"It's good to have their support," Amanmuradova said. "In our country, it's very difficult to get a sponsorship at my age. If you want sponsorship, you have to be 14, 15 years old. (Sponsors) just want the new players."

Amanmuradova grew up near a tennis club, but she said she didn't begin playing regularly until she was 10, which is considered late for players with professional aspirations. She actually first tried tennis when she was 7.

"I went to the swimming pool first," Amanmuradova said. "It was too deep. I was too scared. So I said to my parents, 'We're going to play tennis.' "

At 10, she became passionate about tennis after watching a tournament on television. Six years later, Amanmuradova tried her hand at basketball. As one of the tallest children in her class, the boys always asked her to play.

"They always had four (boys to play)," she said. "The fifth was always sick. He didn't really like sports. He was pretty fat. So the guys asked me if I could ... play."

Amanmuradova said the coach of the Uzbekistan junior national basketball team once tried to recruit her. No thanks, she said.

Amanmuradova, ranked 141st in the world, said her height helps her some in tennis.

"It helps with your serves," she said. "You just need two steps sometimes to reach the ball sometimes. But I can't move as fast as a short player."
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Into the semis -- we knew you could do it, Akgul.
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Old Jul 21st, 2007, 12:23 AM   #43
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Oh great
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Old Jul 21st, 2007, 02:46 AM   #44
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she talks.

GREAT stuff, akgul. maybe drake will go tomorrow and see you.
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aww good for Akgul
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