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Old Mar 20th, 2007, 07:15 AM   #106
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(17)Tatiana Golovin (FRA) v BYE
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Old Mar 31st, 2007, 01:18 AM   #107
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Miami: Andrew's tournament-review / New photo

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SONY ERICSSON OPEN (Miami, Florida, USA; outdoor hard; WTA Tier I)
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Photo
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I haven't seen any Iroda-photos from Miami, but one from Indian Wells has surfaced which is my favourite Iroda-photo of the year so far!

http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=290066

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First round (Wednesday 21st March)
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- IRODA TULYAGANOVA [WC,EF] lt. Tatiana Poutchek [Q], 6-0 3-6 retired (lower-back injury)

It was a bizarre match: first Iroda won all her games to get to 6-0 3-0*, then #111-ranked Poutchek won all her games as Iroda took a time-out for the injury at *3-3, and retired after dropping the second set!

What worries me is that Iroda was suffering with a back-injury in the finals of ITF Shenzhen last November. If this is a recurrence of that injury, then we have more cause for concern than if it's a fresh injury.


First set
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TULYAGAN *@*@*@ 6
POUTCHEK ______ 0


Second set
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TULYAGAN *@*______ 3
POUTCHEK ___*@*@*@ 6


Sunny_Boy:
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I saw Poutchek play at the AO qualies, she's a very consistent player who doesn't give you many errors so Iroda needs to bring her A game tomorrow. When Poutchek played Morita at the AO she basically grinded her opponent down. A weakness for Poutchek is her mind, she's a nut case, she likes to throw her racket and scream at herself. Hopefully Iroda can get off to a good start which will frustrate Poutchek.
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I watched a little bit of this match, Iroda was killing the ball, she hits much flatter and harder than Tatiana, but then she twitched something in her back and could barely move afterwards... She had a medical timeout at 3-3, but was still hurting a lot and made 2 double faults to get broken and fall behind. She couldn't use her back to serve or hit and was just trying to arm-muscle the ball. All Tatiana had to do was hit the balls to the corner that Iroda couldn't move at all. Iroda was nice enough to give it a try though, but eventually the pain was too much to bear and she forfeited after the 2nd set...
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It's such a shame, because Iroda had a mouthwatering draw. In the second round, she would have faced Tatiana 'Microshorts' Golovin, and in the third round, Anna 'Ultracute' Chakvetadze!


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Next tournament?
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Iroda has withdrawn from the following ITF tournaments:
* Latina (week of 26th March - withdrew on 23rd March)
* Dinan (week of 2nd April - withdrew on 18th March)

Her next tournament may be WTA Warsaw (week of 30th April), although her ranking of #129 (as of 12th March) doesn't even guarantee her a place in the qualifying.

Iroda may also play Fed Cup on 18th-21st April. Uzbekistan are in the Asia/Oceania Zone, Group I, with round-robin ties to be played in Christchurch, New Zealand.

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Old Apr 19th, 2007, 01:15 AM   #108
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Unhappy Re: Iroda Tulyaganova cheering thread!!

Iroda & team lost to Hong Kong:

Wing-Yau Venise Chan(HKG) d. Iroda Tulyaganova(UZB) 63 16 75

Ling Zhang(HKG) d. Akgul Amanmuradova(HKG) 63 63

Khabibulina/Saidkhodjaeva(UZB) d. Lam/Tong(HKG) 62 57 3-3 (Retired : Tong right ankle)

Oh, well. At least she's able to play again after her back injury.
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Andrew Broad announces semi-retirement

I regret to announce my semi-retirement from writing tennis-reports, with immediate (and indeed retrospective) effect.

I have just started a new job which means that I will have many fewer hours to pursue my hobbies than I did before, and there is no way that I would be able to sustain the effort currently required to research and write my lengthy reports.

Just as tennis-players don't make it without hard work and sacrifices, so too must I work hard and make sacrifices to progress my career as a computer-scientist.

It pains me greatly to make this decision, but it's something I did foresee when I made my vow for each member of my Eternal Fanship:
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The maximum extent that my circumstances and resources now allow is the following:

1. I will continue to update the Matchographies on my website.

2. I will continue to update the Biographies on my website at the end of each year.

3. During the French Open, Birmingham, Eastbourne, Wimbledon, Australian Open, and the Olympics, I will follow these tournaments with the same dedication as I did before. But I will not be doing any more extended reports for these tournaments (except the ones that I actually attend).

4. I will follow other tournaments privately, without posting reports. This even includes the US Open, which is not televised on any channels to which I have access, and is therefore not worth demanding two weeks' extra leave for.

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Bad Gastein: Iroda v Magda!

Iroda beat Kathrin Wörle 7-6 (7/1) 6-2 to set up an absolutely mouthwatering date with the gorgeous Magdaléna Rybáriková!

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ANNOUNCE: Andrew's Iroda Tulyaganova Biography updated

I have just updated Iroda's biography on my website:
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It is not a copy of Iroda's standard WTA Tour biography, but my own detailed appreciation of her game, followed by a review for every year of her career. I have edited the introduction, and added a review of 2007.

There has been some confusion in the IT community regarding the structure of the Eredivisie Proftennis (June 2007) and Iroda's results in it, but I think I've got the story straight for my biography.

I can confirm that I will be reporting on the Australian Open 2008. I have also vowed to follow the French Open, Wimbledon and the Olympics.

Here's a very nice Iroda-photo that you may not have seen before:
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I don't think it's too late to wish Iroda and all her fans a happy new year.

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Australian Open: Andrew's preview / UK TV-alert

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AUSTRALIAN OPEN (Melbourne, Australia; outdoor hard (Plexicushion); Grand Slam)
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Contents
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1. UK TV-alert
2. First-round draw: Bottom half
3. Second-round draw: Top half
4. Iroda Tulyaganova preview
5. Order of Play for Tuesday

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1. UK TV-alert
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The evening-sessions of the Australian Open will be televised on BBCi from 08:25 GMT each day of the tournament (digital viewers press Red or select the appropriate Freeview-channel: either 301 or 302 - today it was 301).

My understanding is that this coverage will consist of the women's match on the evening-session of the Rod Laver Arena (Kanepi v Molik on Monday), followed by the men's match, followed by recorded coverage of the "best" match of the day on a continuous loop.

But don't set your hopes too high - last year, only 7% of BBCi's Australian Open coverage was of the women! There isn't a women's match on the Rod Laver Arena evening-session every day.

Other Australian Open coverage on BBC television:
* Sunday 20th January on BBC 2 (12:30 to 14:00 GMT);
* Saturday 26th January: Women's Singles final on BBC 1 (from 02:20 GMT);
* Saturday 26th January: repeat of WS final on BBCi (from 07:00 GMT);
* Saturday 26th January: highlights of WS final on BBC 2 (13:00 to 14:00 GMT);
* Sunday 27th January: Men's Singles final on BBC 2 (from 08:30 GMT);
* Sunday 27th January: repeat of MS final on BBCi (from 10:00 GMT).

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2. First-round draw: Bottom half
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2.1 Third quarter: Iroda Tulyaganova
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* Yan,Zi [s] v VENUS WILLIAMS [8] (jia you Zi!)
* Camille Pin v Monica Niculescu [Q]
* Timea Bacsinszky [Q] v Sophie Ferguson [WC] (hopp Timea!)
* Iroda Tulyaganova [WC,EF] v SANIA MIRZA [31,DF] (I like Sania a lot, but DAVAI IRODA!!)

* Séverine Brémond v LI,NA [24] (allez Séverine!)
* Maria Elena Camerin v Christina Wheeler [WC] (forza Maria Elena!)
* Marta Domachowska [Q] v Mathilde Johansson [WC] (my loyalty is to Marta)
* MARION BARTOLI [10,DF,S] v Sofia Arvidsson (allez Marion!)

* Sabine Lisicki [Q] v DINARA SAFINA [16] (komm jetzt Sabine!)
* María Emilia Salerni v Mariya Koryttseva (¡vamos María Emilia!)
* Gisela Dulko [DF] v Caroline Wozniacki (my loyalty is to Gisela)
* ALYONA BONDARENKO [21] v Alla Kudryavtseva (davai Alyona!)

* KATARINA SREBOTNIK [28] v Lourdes Domínguez Lino (dajmo Katarina!)
* Angelika Bachmann v Anastasia Rodionova
* Tathiana Garbin v Eleni Daniilidou
* ANA IVANOVIĆ [4,DF] v Sorana Cîrstea (my loyalty is to Ana)


2.2 Bottom quarter: Chakvetadze, Šafářová, Hantuchová
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* ANNA CHAKVETADZE [6,EF] v Andrea Petkovic (DAVAI ANNA!!)
* Peng,Shuai [s] v Alisa Kleybanova [Q] (jia you Shuai!)
* Michaëlla Krajíček [DF] v Akiko Morigami [s] (my loyalty is to Michaëlla)
* MARIA KIRILENKO [27,DF] v Meilen Tu (davai Maria!)

* LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ [22,EF] v Catalina Castaño (POJĎME LUCIE!!)
* Roberta Vinci v Virginia Ruano Pascual (may the better win)
* Alizé Cornet v Clarisa Fernández (allez Alizé!)
* DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [9,EF] v Vania King (POĎME DANIELA!!)

* NADIA PETROVA [14] v Nicole Pratt
* Anne Kremer v Evgenia Linetskaya (dajee Anne!)
* Laura Granville v Yvonne Meusburger
* Ekaterina Makarova v ÁGNES SZÁVAY [20] (I did a Google Image search for "Ekaterina Makarova" and found an absolute stunner, but unfortunately she wasn't the tennis-player)

* AGNIESZKA RADWAŃSKA [29] v Olga Savchuk
* Martina Müller v Pauline Parmentier
* Tsvetana Pironkova v Olga Govortsova (my loyalty is to Tsvetana)
* Nathalie Dechy v SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [2] (allez Nathalie!)

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3. Second-round draw: Top half
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* Olga Poutchkova v JUSTINE HENIN [1] (davai Olga!)
* Angelique Kerber v FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE [25]
* Hsieh,Su-Wei [Q,S] v SYBILLE BAMMER [19] (jia you Su-Wei!)
* TATIANA GOLOVIN [13,DF] v Aravane Rezaï (my loyalty is to Tatiana)

* ELENA DEMENTIEVA [11] v Anabel Medina Garrigues (davai Elena!)
* SHAHAR PE'ER [17] v Jessica Moore [WC] (kadima Shahar!)
* Elena Vesnina v Jill Craybas (davai Elena!)
* MARIA SHARAPOVA [5,EF] v Lindsay Davenport (DAVAI MARIA!!)

* JELENA JANKOVIĆ [3] v Edina Gallovits
* Flavia Pennetta [DF] v VIRGINIE RAZZANO [30] (forza Flavia!)
* Yaroslava Shvedova v AMÉLIE MAURESMO [18] (davai Yaroslava!)
* Casey Dell'Acqua v PATTY SCHNYDER [15]

* NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [12,EF] v Alicia Molik (POJĎME NICOLE!!)
* Tatiana Perebiynis v Ai Sugiyama (davai Tatiana!)
* VICTORIA AZARENKA [26] v Sandra Klösel [Q]
* Yuan,Meng [Q] v SERENA WILLIAMS [7]

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4. Iroda Tulyaganova preview
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4.1 First round
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I hoped that Sania Mirza would get to play a member of my Eternal Fanship here, so that I can follow more closely what could well be the final Grand Slam of her career.

Sania is being prosecuted for "dishonouring the Indian flag", after she sat with her feet up and over it at the recent Hopman Cup. She will stand trial on 10th March, and the likely outcome is three years' imprisonment. This is not the first time that Sania has "dishonoured the Indian flag", the photographic evidence is plastered all over the Internet, and as she is a major star in India, they will want to make an example of her.

What's the world coming to when Sania is going to prison because someone published sole-shots of her in the presence of the Indian flag, when Günther Parche didn't have to spend a single day in jail for stabbing Monica Seles, and the burglars who tied up Anna Chakvetadze haven't even been caught yet? The logic of this world is simple: the innocent go down at the slightest faux pas while the guilty get off scot-free.

I've been a demi-fan of Sania since I first watched her play at Wimbledon 2005, and saw her groundstrokes of flairsome power. She's also very sexy, especially what I've seen of her so far this year.

Sania had a sophomore-slump in 2006, as she had to put up with the distractions of Muslim fundamentalists who issued a fatwa against her for playing tennis in bare legs. 2007 was better, as she compiled a 30:19 record and reached the Stanford final, beating three top-22 players back to back before losing to Anna Chakvetadze.

Sania has had a decent start to 2008, going 1:2 in Hopman Cup singles-rubbers, and reaching the quarter-finals of Hobart (beating two journeywomen, and losing to Flavia Pennetta on the day the flag-complaint was filed), while Iroda finished her miserable 2007 season with a quarter-final at ITF Dubai in December.

The only previous Iroda v Sania meeting was at the Asian Games in December 2006, when Iroda was on decent form, but possibly suffering from the back-injury that would wreck her 2007, and Sania won 6-3 6-0.

Apparently Sania is distraught about her prosecution - hardly a frame of mind conducive to successful tennis - but unless Iroda has been injury-free enough to do some amazing preparation in the last month, it will take a miracle for Iroda to come through this one.

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5. Order of Play for Tuesday
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Court 6 (start 11:00 AEST = 00:00 GMT)
MS 1r: JUAN MÓNACO [21] v Carlos Berlocq
WS 1r: Iroda Tulyaganova [WC,EF] v SANIA MIRZA [31,DF]
MS 1r: Nicolas Kiefer v JUAN CARLOS FERRERO [22]
WS 1r: Séverine Brémond v LI,NA [24]

Full order of play:
http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/scores/schedule/

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Australian Open: Andrew's first-round review

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AUSTRALIAN OPEN (Melbourne, Australia; outdoor hard (Plexicushion); Grand Slam)
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Contents
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1. Photos
2. First round: Tulyaganova v Mirza review

Apologies for the delay.
This was due to Maria going all the way!

But it does give me a chance to congratulate Iroda on her Fed Cup success this week: especially her win over Australian Open fourth-rounder Hsieh,Su-Wei!

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1. Photos
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Iroda Tulyaganova and Sania Mirza:
http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/...&p=tulyaganova
search Getty Images for "tulyaganova"

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2. Tulyaganova v Mirza review (Tuesday 15th January)
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Nice winner, nice loser:
+ SANIA MIRZA [31,DF] d. Iroda Tulyaganova [WC,EF], 6-4 6-2

An expected result after the year Iroda's had. She served a monstrous 11 double faults in nine service-games, and had a W:UE ratio of 15:31, while Sania's was 21:20. At least Iroda's serve has lost none of its power (up to 119mph), but she only got 50% of first serves in, and it made a huge difference when she did so.

At least it doesn't feel so bad that she lost to Sania, whom I like a lot as a player, and find very sexy. I also have a great deal of sympathy for Sania over the persecution she continues to suffer, and I hoped she would go on to do all the things I unrealistically wanted Iroda to do at this tournament.

I saw Sania's third-round loss to Venus Williams on BBCi, and I was most impressed: Sania may not have much of a serve, but her groundstrokes are of top-ten quality and flairsome power - she was often overpowering Williams!


2.1 Articles

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The following articles focus on Sania, but I've only included those that mention Iroda.

Mirza admits she considered quitting over flag-row (Reuters)
By Simon Cambers (Editing by Greg Stutchbury)
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Sania Mirza, at the centre of controversy in India for reportedly disrespecting her national flag, admitted on Tuesday she had considered quitting the sport over the row.

But the 21-year-old, who advanced to the second round of the Australian Open with a 6-4 6-2 win over Iroda Tulyaganova of Uzbekistan, said it was only a fleeting thought, and she expected to be around for a while yet.

"I think a lot of thoughts went through my head in the last couple of weeks," Mirza told reporters.

"One of the thoughts was that [to quit the sport], but I wouldn't say it was serious enough that I am going to quit right now."

Mirza is the subject of a court-summons in the central city of Bhopal after a private citizen made a complaint under the country's Prevention of Insult to the National Honour Act.

The controversy surrounds a photograph taken at the Hopman Cup mixed-team event in Perth, played at the beginning of the year, that appeared to show Mirza's bare feet resting near the national flag.

The maximum punishment for the offence is a three-year jail-term, but Mirza, one of her country's biggest sporting-heroes, said she would never do anything to hurt India.

"I just know that I would not do anything to disrespect my country," she said.

"I love my country - I wouldn't be playing Hopman Cup otherwise - but besides that, I am not allowed to comment."

Mirza admitted, though, that her preparations for the year's first Grand-Slam event had been affected by the controversy.

"It's not easy to deal with things like that off the court," she said.

"Obviously there are some misunderstandings happening. I am not super-human, so it does affect me a little bit.

"I am not a politician here, to outsmart people and try to fight. That's not what I am trying to do - I am trying to play tennis, I am 21, and I am trying to do the best I can.

"However I try and block it out, it's still at the back of my mind. Under the circumstances, I am just glad I came through the first round."
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In her darkest moments, Sania Mirza wonders if she should quit tennis.

The Indian tennis-star wishes her only concern before a match was to study her opponent. But it is hardly that simple.

Instead, she's taking phone-calls from lawyers in India, answering questions about her loyalty to her country, and defending her Muslim beliefs.

"It's not easy to deal with things like that off the court. I am not superhuman so it does affect me," Mirza said Tuesday after her first-round victory at the Australian Open. "As much as I try to block it out, it's still in the back of your mind."

When she first came on the WTA Tour full time three years ago - her first Grand Slam was the Australian Open in 2005 - she was often criticised for her short skirts and midriff-revealing T-shirts that put her at odds with sections of the orthodox Muslim clergy.

Now her nationalism has been questioned. She was photographed at the Hopman Cup in Perth this month with her bare feet near an Indian flag.

On 9th January, a social worker in India went to court in Bhopal and had a judge issue a summons under the "Prevention of Insult to the National Honour Act." The court was told that Mirza disrespected the Indian flag by "sitting in a manner so that her feet pointed at the flag, which he felt was derogatory and had hurt him."

Mirza insists she would never show lack of respect for India.

"I love my country," said Mirza, who is from the southern city of Hyderabad. "I wouldn't be playing Hopman Cup otherwise. But other than that, I am not allowed to comment because it is before the courts."

Last week, she said she considered quitting tennis and ending a career that has brought her one WTA Tour title and seven final-appearances.

"It does play on your mind. You do start to think that at the end of the day, I am not a politician to outsmart people," Mirza said. "That's not what I am trying to do, which is to play tennis. I'm 21 and trying to be the best I can be.

"A lot of thoughts went through my head in the past couple of weeks, and one of the thoughts was [quitting]. But I wouldn't say that they were serious enough that I would quit right now."

On Tuesday, the 31st-seeded Mirza won 6-4 6-2 over wild card Iroda Tulyaganova of Uzbekistan.

"It was very tricky to play again," Mirza said. "I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to blank out everything and play a tennis-match."

In 2005, she became the first Indian woman to advance to the third round of a Grand Slam, losing to Serena Williams in Australia after being granted a wild card.

"It is very special," she said. "There were a lot of firsts involved."

This year, she could face Venus Williams in the third round if she beats Switzerland's Timea Bascinszky in the second round.

"I always feel confident when I come back here," she said.

"At the end of the day, it is a sport, and we deal with bad line-calls on a daily basis," Mirza says, then adds, smiling, "I have my own set of controversies to deal with."
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National pride: Sania Mirza is proving popular but controversial

Melbourne is a long way from home for a young girl from Hyderabad, and ordinarily Sania Mirza would have been pleased to see one of her supporters waving an Indian flag when she walked onto court for her first-round women's singles match at the Australian Open yesterday.

On this occasion, however, the sight of it more likely made her break out into a nervous sweat. A couple of weeks ago, the 21-year-old was photographed with her feet up while watching a colleague playing in an international exhibition-match in Perth, and the proximity of her toes to a nearby Indian flag has raised temperatures in her home-state to vindaloo-levels.

A High Court lawyer has even gone so far as to file a case for her arrest (without bail) and a three-year jail-sentence.

The initial hearing is due to be held this week under something called the "Prevention Of Insult To The National Honour Act", citing "disrespect" to the national flag. India's predilection for red tape, taught to them by the Imperial British, but since refined to gargantuan levels, means that by the time the case gets to court she will probably be a grandmother, but it's a bit of worry nonetheless.

The sight of the flag may have been responsible for her going 1-3 behind early on to Iroda Tulyaganova of Uzbekistan, but she rallied to win comfortably enough in straights sets: 6-4 6-2. The No 31 seed did admit, though, that staying focused was becoming quite a feat when all the attention was on her feet.

"All I want to do is play tennis," she said, which was a bit of a surprise given that tennis is what keeps landing her in hot water.

When she first started out on the pro circuit at the age of 18, the length of her skirts prompted some religious mullah to issue a fatwa, which was a bit of a handicap to her chosen profession given that fashion in women's tennis-apparel has moved on - not to mention up - since Suzanne Lenglen's knickers were covered by several petticoats and a skirt which picked up chalk from the baseline.

Sania's skirt yesterday was no more than a pelmet, although she did offer a compromise by wearing underwear that resembled a pair of bicycle-shorts. She was taking more of a chance with her choice of top though, which flew up over her navel every time she launched herself into a serve.

When Sania, who is Shia Muslim, first bared her thighs on a tennis-court, people took to the streets to burn effigies of her, although this in itself is such a common event in India that it more or less doubles the smog-levels. It's most prevalent after a game of cricket, and there is barely an Indian batsman in history who hasn't had an effigy of himself set on fire.

Sania, who apparently records more hits on the Google Internet-site than even a cricketing-icon like Sachin Tendulkar, only narrowly escaped another fatwa last month by issuing a written apology for filming an advertisement close to a mosque, so one way or another, she keeps putting her foot in it.

Or in the case of flags, on it.

Indians seem to be acutely sensitive over issues that wouldn't raise an eyebrow elsewhere, and their cricketers - currently on the other side of the country in Perth - recently made a complaint (later withdrawn) over an Australian bowler calling one of them a "bastard." This tells you that they don't know much about Australians, for whom the word is close to a term of endearment.

Sania confessed that all the fuss back at home had affected her to the extent of wondering whether it was worthwhile carrying on playing, but she would have had to have been mentally away with the pixies to have been bothered by yesterday's opponent.

The girl from Uzbekistan might have been more of a handful had there not been a net between her and her opponent, which she found so regularly she'd have more chance of making it as a striker for Tashkent United.

She also racked up 11 double faults in nine service-games, but at least Miss Tulyaganova didn't have to worry about the consequences of displaying her knickers: a natty shade of orange.

Sania, on the other hand, could be facing yet another fatwa for her behaviour immediately after leaving the court, when she walked up to a man and - shock, horror - kissed him.

True, it was the lightest of pecks on both cheeks, and she was merely greeting her coach, but back home in Hyderabad, some bearded Indian cleric may already be demanding the death-penalty.
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Iroda Tulyaganova of Uzbekistan, who lost her first-round match on Tuesday to India's Sania Mirza, attended Saturday's meeting [with WTA CEO Larry Scott and 250 female players]. She said it was important that the gambling-issues were discussed.

"The public has to know that the outcome of our matches are fair, that they aren't affected by people on the Tour or off it who stand to make money from the result," said Tulyaganova. "It's the only way we can have any credibility."

Mirza said she has "never been approached, and I do not know personally of anyone who has been approached" to throw matches.

"As far as we know, women's tennis is clean," she said. "A lot has happened of course in the men's and there is a lot of talk.

"I think there needs to be a punishment - it's a profession."
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The ATP talk about suspicious betting-patterns, but I'm more concerned about suspicious banning-patterns, given that they target Italians over gambling and Argentinians over doping.

And if it's true that the Russian Mafia are forcing players to throw matches, God help us.

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Remember Her? WTA players who fell off the map

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IRODA TULYAGANOVA
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Career-high ranking: No. 16 (16th June 2002)
2007 year-end ranking: No. 355

WHAT HAPPENED: The hard-hitting kid from Uzbekistan served notice of her presence in 2001, when she won back-to-back tournaments in the fall, beating Elena Dementieva, Paola Suárez, and Patty Schnyder at the former, and Kim Clijsters at the latter. She had also beaten Mary Pierce the month before. Later that year, she would add Justine Henin to her collection of scalps. She has not won another title or beaten another top 10 player since. In 2003, her elbow began giving her serious trouble, ending her season halfway through. She came back more than a year later, at Tashkent, but won only one match, and then ended up in challengers. Family-conflict has reportedly also been an issue.

OUTLOOK: Long road back, but could become a regular Tour-player again

Seven of her eight match-wins in the last two years have come in a one-month span in late 2006 when she made the semi-final at Kolkata and the final at Tashkent. Tulyaganova made her Grand Slam return at the Australian Open earlier this year, playing a relatively solid match against Sania Mirza in the first round. She then won two rounds of qualifying at Pattaya City before dropping her third match. Her game is still in the rebuilding-stage, but she's going in the right direction.


[Other players in the full article: Dája Bedáňová, Elena Bovina, Jennifer Capriati, Jelena Dokić, Anna-Lena Grönefeld, Martina Hingis, Sesil Karatantcheva, Anna Kournikova, Lina Krasnoroutskaya, Mirjana Lučić, Anastasia Myskina, Mary Pierce, Chanda Rubin, Monica Seles, Karolina Šprem and Alexandra Stevenson]
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When is Iroda playing next?
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Here's a photo I found in Slovenský Tenis magazine (April 2008), which previews the forthcoming Uzbekistan v Slovakia Fed Cup tie of 26th/27th April:




I've seen a cropped version of this photo before (it is from Pattaya 2008), but this one shows a bit of leg too.

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I have just updated Iroda's biography on my website:
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It is not a copy of Iroda's standard WTA Tour biography, but my own detailed appreciation of her game, followed by a review for every year of her career. I have edited the introduction, and added a review of 2008.

I have also replaced the term "Grand Slam" with "Major" when referring to the four Major tournaments individually. It is my New Year's Resolution to reserve the term "Grand Slam" for the winning of all four Majors.

I wish Iroda and all her fans a happy new year, and Iroda a slightly belated (assuming she's in Tashkent, which is on GMT+5h) happy birthday for 7th January.

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Oj oj oj. Poor Iri...
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According to the WTA website, she only played 6 tournaments last year and the last one was on June, really miss her...
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(1)Senoglu/Shvedova v Kucova/Woerle
Govortsova/Poutchek v Chalova/Frankova

(4)Kondratieva/Lefevre v Niculescu/Rolle
(wc)Khabibulina/Tulyaganova v Camerin/Palkina

Fedak/Manasieva v Ani/Tsurenko
Rodionova/Savchuk v (3)Olaru/Voskoboeva

Mayr/Voegele v Diatchenko/Dzehalevich
Bychkova/Panova v (2)Amanmuradova/Kustova

she's playing tashkent dubs
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