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Old Dec 31st, 2001, 12:49 PM   #1
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Post Happy New Year from Oz Martina Fans!!!!!!

Well, it's 12:44 am January 1st 2002 Oz time, so i want to wish everyone in the forum a Happy New Year!!!!! I went into the city (Sydney) and watched the fireworks at 9:00pm, and then came back and watched the 12:00 fireworks on tv!! Hope u all enjoy your last day of 2001 and all the best for the New Year! <img src="graemlins/bounce.gif" border="0" alt="[Bounce]" />

Also wishing Martina all the best for the New Year, i've heard she arrived here already!!! Yay!!! <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0">
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Old Dec 31st, 2001, 01:35 PM   #2
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Don't know if u guys have seen this article or not. U probably have. I can't be bothered to scan the rest of this forum to see if it has been posted or not, so i'll just put it hear anyway...

Hingis arrives repaired and ready for the long climb back to the summit.

By Ben Wyld

Martina Hingis arrived in Sydney early yesterday confident of a full <br />recovery from an ankle injury that cost her top spot in the women's <br />rankings.For the first time in five years, Hingis heads into next week's <br />$1.7 million adidas International at Homebush Bay not as the planet's No <br />1-ranked female tennis player - only its No 4.

The defending women's singles champion said her right ankle, damaged during <br />a semi-final match against Lindsay Davenport at Filderstadt in Germany last <br />October, had stood up well during practice sessions. "We will see how I go <br />when I hit the first ball in my first match. I will do my best," Hingis <br />said.

Not since the summer of 1996-97, when Hingis came to Australia as the tour's <br />hottest 16-year-old, has she been ranked as low and while she said yesterday <br />she hopes to do well this year, indications from the previous 12 months are <br />that her best may not be good enough to add to her five grand slam singles <br />titles.Troubled routinely by the sport's heavy hitters throughout 2001, <br />Hingis won just three singles titles - the most recent in February - and her <br />results indicate she can no longer out-think and out-manoeuvre stronger <br />opponents in successive matches.

Last year Hingis finished 0-3 against rejuvenated American Jennifer Capriati <br />and, although she enjoyed a 3-2 record against the Williams sisters, Venus <br />and Serena routed Hingis in straight sets in Miami and New York following <br />Hingis's early-season wins in Australia.

More concerning for the Hingis camp were decisive losses to tour veterans <br />Monica Seles and Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario and rising stars Kim Clijsters, <br />Amelie Mauresmo and Elena Dementieva. The vulnerable Hingis second serve is <br />easy pickings for the game's heavyweight hitters, while her accurate, <br />probing groundstroke game has crumbled in major tournaments under the strain <br />of playing consecutive matches against power players the likes of Capriati, <br />Davenport and the Williams sisters. Hingis's season reached its low point at <br />Wimbledon where she carried a back injury to a humiliating first-round <br />straight-sets defeat to Spain's Virginia Ruano Pascual, then ranked 83rd in <br />the world.

It was at Wimbledon that Davenport implored Hingis to adopt a more <br />aggressive style, lest the game would pass her by: "At some point Martina's <br />going to have to incorporate that in her game to win slams or tournaments on <br />a more regular basis." Injury played its role in re-shuffling the rankings <br />at the end of the season as Hingis, out with torn ligaments in her right <br />ankle, lost her mantle as the world's No1 to Capriati - briefly - until <br />Davenport claimed that honour at the last tournament of the year, the WTA <br />Tour Championships.

The early signs for 2002 are more ominous still. Venus Williams has <br />signalled her intentions on making a serious attempt for the Australian Open <br />by playing in this week's Australian women's hardcourt event at the Gold <br />Coast. The elder Williams sister last year achieved a ranking of No 3 based <br />on 12 events - five events fewer than Capriati and Davenport, and six fewer <br />than Hingis. Davenport has, in fact, conceded that Williams's relative <br />inactivity is the only reason she isn't sitting atop the rankings list: "If <br />Venus played even close to a full schedule, I don't see right now how <br />anybody else could be No 1."

Hingis will be aiming for her third adidas International title, having won <br />last year and in 1997. The tournament, which starts on Sunday, is headed by <br />Davenport and Capriati and boasts 16 of the top 20 women in the world.
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Old Dec 31st, 2001, 02:41 PM   #3
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A Happy New Year to you!!!!<br />And hope your country will bring some succes to Martina again!!!
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Old Dec 31st, 2001, 02:46 PM   #4
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OMG! What a long post, martinafan! <img src="wink.gif" border="0"> Ours is tonight, so I'll wait to say it tronight! <img src="wink.gif" border="0">
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Yeah it was long, and whats more, it remained on track!!!! lol!!! When it comes to Martina, i tend to go on a bit! Especially when it comes to Martina being in my home town!

Happy New Year again to all!!!! (see Pea, i can remain ontrack unlike some!!!) <img src="tongue.gif" border="0">
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Hi martina-fan <img src="graemlins/wavey.gif" border="0" alt="[Wavey]" /> <br />hehe unlike some!<br />Well if that isnt true I dont know what is!

Happy New Year!!(unless here in Holland its still 2001, but ok)

You are going to to watch Marti next week?
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I sure am, assuming the girl decides to play on the days i'm going!! lol

I went last year and saw her twice, so i'm hoping for the same luck this year!!

Happy New Year everyone!!!!
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Chris, stay on track!! Pfff! <img src="tongue.gif" border="0">

About 6 more hours to go here! <img src="redface.gif" border="0">
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[quote]Originally posted by *Martina_fan*:<br /><strong>Well, it's 12:44 am January 1st 2002 Oz time, so i want to wish everyone in the forum a Happy New Year!!!!! I went into the city (Sydney) and watched the fireworks at 9:00pm, and then came back and watched the 12:00 fireworks on tv!! Hope u all enjoy your last day of 2001 and all the best for the New Year! <img src="graemlins/bounce.gif" border="0" alt="[Bounce]" />

Also wishing Martina all the best for the New Year, i've heard she arrived here already!!! Yay!!! <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0"> </strong><hr></blockquote>

I just read another article (diff. than the one posted below) that said Marti was going to the 9 pm fireworks too! Sounded like she was going to take it easy this yr as far as celebrating goes! Anyways, Happy New Year everybody!
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A fresh start indeed for all of us!!!!

go marti!!!! go smartis!!!!!!!!<font color=red>
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Happy New Year to Martina and all Martina fans. Hope this one is better than the last!!! <img src="graemlins/wavey.gif" border="0" alt="[Wavey]" />
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Hi Sacha! happi new year to you. please extend your this greetings as well to Ms. Lily Fong and the rest of the guys.
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Oh My God, Martina was at my fireworks?!?!?!?! And i didn't get to see her!! Still, it would be hard to spot 1 person among 1/2 a million people, even if i knew she was going!! Well, there's no better place to celebrate the New Year than here in Sydney, home of the best New Years fireworks!!

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Happy New Year EVERYONE!!!!
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Now that i think about it, lucky Martina may be able to see the fireworks from her hotel, depending on where she's staying!!!!

Happy New Year everyone!!!

Pea, i am taking notice of your efforts to stay ontrack!! lol <img src="tongue.gif" border="0">
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