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Old Jun 7th, 2008, 03:03 PM   #1
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Grass, rain, strawberries & tea time! Aravane in the UK!

A thread for the grass-court season! Aravane plays the 3 British tournaments, last year she reached the 3rd of Wimbledon having very good sensations at her own surprise!

A very good draw to start in Birmingham, Aravane is even seeded (13rd), the number which provides luck, Dinara reached Roland-Garros' final as the 13rd seed !
She will face Tzipi Obziler to begin, the Israeli made a decent show against Venus in RG, but Aravane should be too much for her. If she manages to beat her, Morita or Cirstea will be the next one! Could be tough especially with the Japonese whose flat game is made for grass. Bammer is the main seed of the quarter.

I have a good feeling, last time she defeated Tzipi in the 1st round, she went to final after. It was in Istanbul ^^!
Allez Aravane!
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Old Jun 7th, 2008, 09:57 PM   #2
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Re: Grass, rain, strawberries & tea time! Aravane in the UK!

I'm sure there will be lots of rain
But the weather was nice here today

Hopefully Aravane can win a few matches in Birmingham
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Old Jun 9th, 2008, 02:05 PM   #3
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Re: Grass, rain, strawberries & tea time! Aravane in the UK!

After Safina's withdrawal, the draw has been modified & Aravane had to play the talented Brit' Amanda Elliot, 19, who qualified after having beaten Brenda Schultz. Aravane gave herself a big scare since she was led 43 in the third set with a break while she was barely scoring points on return.
All in all, she won 63 26 76(6) in 1h35min, saving one match point to qualify to the 2nd round!

On paper, this is not impressive at all since Elliot is not even in top 300 but as a first match on a new surface, I guess we shouldn't be asking for too much. Her serve is at least good, she kept a high percentage of 1st serves.
Next is Bettanie Mattek, who is anything but talented. But once again, she has a good serve and it's enough to threaten Aravane.

Good luck!!
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Old Jun 10th, 2008, 03:57 PM   #4
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Re: Grass, rain, strawberries & tea time! Aravane in the UK!

Aravane lost 61 64 to Mattek .

I'm so pissed at her at the moment, she cannot score a single point on her opponent's 1st serve, only 1 in the second set for example!!! God, this loss is so bad, Aravane is going backwards, it has been ages since she has beaten a top 50 opponent. Since her operation on her nose, she has done concretely nothing & there is no signs of improvement whatsoever.
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Re: Grass, rain, strawberries & tea time! Aravane in the UK!

Singles - Second Round

Bethanie Mattek (USA) d. (13) Aravane Rezai (FRA) 61 64 I cant belive!
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Re: Grass, rain, strawberries & tea time! Aravane in the UK!

What a disappointing loss I really thought she could win a few matches here
She had such a great start to the year but since then
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Re: Grass, rain, strawberries & tea time! Aravane in the UK!

I don't know what to do with Aravane now..she isn't improving at all! At the start of the year at least she was improving and playing better and better, now she is back to where she was maybe a year or more ago, it only takes a few things and she's easily beaten.
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Re: Grass, rain, strawberries & tea time! Aravane in the UK!

A victory in Eastbourne,even if it came from retirement of her opponent.

Singles - First Round
Aravane Rezai (FRA) d. (5) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) 62 ret.
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Re: Grass, rain, strawberries & tea time! Aravane in the UK!

Great . Not always that Aravane has some luck. It's a new top 20 win after all, too bad that it had to come on a retirement.
Please reach the QF now!
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Re: Grass, rain, strawberries & tea time! Aravane in the UK!

A great interview with Aravane!

http://www.talkabouttennis.com/conte...=8102&catid=17
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haha that interview is funny! I don't think it was clever to compare a girl such as Aravane with Mattek - they are completely different.
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Re: Grass, rain, strawberries & tea time! Aravane in the UK!

Aravane will be against Kleybanova again. 11 aces for the Russian girl today . Well she has already beaten her once, so let's make it twice. Allez!
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Re: Grass, rain, strawberries & tea time! Aravane in the UK!

Aravane lost 63 57 63 . Good showing at least.
I hope those big servers stay far from her draw in Wimbledon...
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Re: Grass, rain, strawberries & tea time! Aravane in the UK!

Aravane's draw in Wimbledon:

DEMENTIEVA, Elena RUS v CAMERIN, Maria Elena ITA
DITTY, Julie USA v BACSINSZKY, Timea SUI
DULKO, Gisela ARG v REZAI, Aravane FRA
VORACOVA, Renata CZE v DAVENPORT, Lindsay USA

She won't go far sadly. Hopefully she can get through her opener. She has lost already to Dulko this year.
Really a tough draw .
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Dulko def Rezai 1-6 6-0 6-2
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