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post #1 of 118 (permalink) Old Oct 26th, 2003, 03:52 PM Thread Starter
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Maria Vento-Kabchi

I think, I'm in love with Maria.

The first time I met her in person (Bali, September 2003), I saw a beautiful but energic lady flirting with a friendly passion to her fans.

She found that she is loved by the Indonesian tennis (especially Angelique Widjaja's) fans. For our support she paid by playing an enthusiastic and tremendous tennis against the powerful Elena Dementieva.

She lost that day, but she has shown us the meaning of relentless effort. She's a great fighter on the court.

Six weeks go by without seeing Maria and Angie pairing in a tournament. I really miss her.

Maria, will you come by? We love and miss you so much.

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Getting to know Maria Vento-Kabchi....


The smooth groundstrokes of Venezuelan Maria Vento-Kabchi have taken her to a WTA Tour singles final at Gold Coast in January 1998, a career-high ranking of No.31 later that year and nearly $1 million in career earnings.

And while the now-29-year-old boasts two Top 50 year-end finishes in 1997 and 1998, she’s ended the past four seasons outside the Top 100 and the past two below the Top 150.

But that looks set to change. Vento-Kabchi has placed a new emphasis on off-court training, working with renowned physical trainer Pat Etcheberry, whose gruelling workouts have brought world No.2 Justine Henin-Hardenne to tears but also helped her lift two Grand Slam trophies this year.

Maria, who married Gamal Kabchi in July 2001, has made her own steady improvement this year. Having slumped to as low as No.224 in March last year, she is now at No.59, her best ranking since February 1999. Her results sheet since June is one to be proud of: a quarterfinal finish in Birmingham, upsets over Nadia Petrova and Jelena Dokic en route to the Stanford semis, a win over world No.8 Chanda Rubin at the US Open and a semifinal appearance last week in Bali.

Having previously scored only three Top 20 wins in her 15-year career, Vento-Kabchi has scored another three in her past four tournaments. On top of all that good news, she’s also in the doubles Top 20 for the first time this week, having won Bali with Angelique Widjaja and reached another two finals (Doha and Toronto) with the Indonesian earlier this year.
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             caught up with Maria Vento-Kabchi in the idyllic surrounds of the Grand Hyatt Bali during last week’s Wismilak International.

Maria, congratulations on your great results this year. At 29 years old, has this resurgence come as a surprise to you? What do you put it down to?

Well, I’ve had a lot of ups and downs in my career. I’ve been playing for a long time now—over 10 years—but the past few years have been pretty tough. At the end of last year I decided that if I really wanted to do better I needed to get into really good physical shape. I knew the strokes were still there, but in the time I’ve been playing, tennis has become a lot more physical. We can all hit the ball pretty well, so the difference is in mental and physical fitness.

So, how did you go about working on your fitness?

I started working with Pat in late November last year. I definitely owe a lot of my recent good results to him. He brought back the motivation and determination in me to try really hard and to be my best. You know how Justine said Pat worked her so hard that sometimes she cried, well, that was the same for me! I trained really hard in December, too, getting ready for Australia, and as I said, I think the results are now showing.

But the results didn’t necessarily come straight away—you had a pretty lean start to the year. Was it hard not to be discouraged when you didn’t see immediate results?

It was, for sure, but Pat told me not to expect the results to suddenly improve. He told me the hard work would definitely pay off, but that it wasn’t going to change everything overnight. Even though I wasn’t winning a lot of matches at the start of the year—and it was hard not to be discouraged—I kept telling myself it would change eventually.

When did you feel you ’turned the corner’ with your results?

I suppose in Birmingham, when I got to the quarterfinals—that was a turning point for me. Even before that, when I was playing Sarasota qualies, I lost but I felt it was definitely coming back. Of course, Stanford was a great week for me.

Beating Petrova and Dokic at Stanford was a great achievement. Even though your form was improving, were you at all surprised at how well you did there?

I was a little surprised, but by then I had a really positive attitude and when I went into those matches, I knew I had a chance to win.

You’re 29 years old—one would say entering ‘veteran stage’ on the Tour! Was that a factor in you deciding to really work hard—thinking this may be your last chance?

I’ve never wanted to set a time when I am going to finish playing on the Tour, but for sure, I felt like I was hitting my head against a wall by not doing what I needed. So, that’s when I sat down and was really honest with myself, and I realised the things I needed to do.

At any time in this process, did you set goals for yourself, whether they were ranking-related or otherwise?

I did. The problem was that I’ve managed to reach them very soon. When I started this, I was aiming to get into the Top 100 by the end of the year. I did that a lot earlier than I expected. So, I’ve changed (my goals) a little bit. I think if I made it back into the Top 50, that would be a great achievement. I’m certainly going to be trying very hard for that.

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Anybody knows Maria's schedule for 2004?

Please let me know...

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Thumbs up Last Matches 2003

Leipzig Tier II 141.50 points Sep 28 03
SF Justine Henin-Hardenne(2) - Vento-Kabchi-Q 6-0 6-3
QF Vento-Kabchi-Q - Sandra Kleinova-Q 6-0 3-1
2 Vento-Kabchi-Q - Silvia Farina Elia(8) 7-5 6-3
1 Vento-Kabchi-Q - Elke Clijsters-WC 6-3 6-1
Qual 3 Vento-Kabchi(3) - Janette Husarova 2-6 6-2 6-4
Qual 2 Vento-Kabchi(3) - Maria Geznenge 6-1 6-4
Qual 1 Vento-Kabchi(3) - Camille Pin 6-2 6-1

Bali Tier III 111 points Sep 14 03
SF Elena Dementieva(2) - Vento-Kabchi 6-4 6-3
QF Vento-Kabchi - Emmanuelle Gagliardi 1-6 6-1 6-1
2 Vento-Kabchi - Conchita Martinez(3) 6-1 6-3
1 Vento-Kabchi - Rossana Neffa-de los Rios-Q 6-4 6-4

US Open Tier GS 118 points Sep 7 03
2 Elena Likhovtseva - Vento-Kabchi 7-5 6-3
1 Vento-Kabchi - Chanda Rubin(8) 6-4 6-4

Toronto Tier I 14.50 points Aug 17 03
1 Mary Pierce-WC - Vento-Kabchi-Q 6-1 6-1
Qual 2 Vento-Kabchi(10) - Claudine Schaul(14) 6-3 6-1
Qual 1 Vento-Kabchi(10) bye

Stanford Tier II 162.75 points Jul 27 03
SF Jennifer Capriati(3) - Vento-Kabchi-Q 6-4 6-4
QF Vento-Kabchi-Q - Jelena Dokic(5) 6-4 6-3
2 Vento-Kabchi-Q - Alina Jidkova-LL 6-1 6-3
1 Vento-Kabchi-Q - Nadia Petrova(8) 6-1 7-64
Qual 3 Vento-Kabchi(6) - Amanda Augustus 6-4 6-2
Qual 2 Vento-Kabchi(6) - Maika Ozaki-WC 6-3 6-4
Qual 1 Vento-Kabchi(6) bye

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Arrow January-July 2003

Gold Coast Jan 5 2003
Qual 1 M Sanchez Lorenzo(7) - M Vento-Kabchi 6-0 6-4

Australian Open Jan 26 2003
Qual 1 C Scheepers - M Vento-Kabchi 7-5 6-1

Pan Pacific Open Feb 2 2003
Qual 1 D Bedanova(2) - M Vento-Kabchi 6-4 7-610

Hyderabad Feb 9 2003
Qual 1 I Lakhani-WC - M Vento-Kabchi(3) 6-4 7-61

Doha Feb 16 2003
1 M Vento-Kabchi-WC - T Tanasugarn(4) 6-2 6-2
2 P Wartusch - M Vento-Kabchi-WC 0-6 6-3 6-4

Dubai Feb 23 2003
Qual 1 V Henke - M Vento-Kabchi 3-6 7-60 6-2

St. Paul ($50,000 - MN,USA) Mar 2 2003
1 M Vento-Kabchi - S Hrozenska 6-3 6-4
2 M Vento-Kabchi - O Barabanschikova(5) 2-6 6-2 6-1
QF M Vento-Kabchi - M Goloviznina 6-2 6-2
SF M Vento-Kabchi - T Ashley 6-2 1-6 6-1
F S Perry-WC - M Vento-Kabchi 6-2 6-4

Sarasota Apr 6 2003
Qual 1 M Vento-Kabchi - J Lee 6-3 7-5
Qual 2 M Vento-Kabchi - B Bielik-WC 6-2 5-2
Qual 3 A Molik(8) - M Vento-Kabchi 7-5 7-5

Charleston Apr 13 2003
Qual 1 T Garbin(5) - M Vento-Kabchi 6-1 7-5

Amelia Island Apr 20 2003
Qual 1 M Vento-Kabchi - L Lee-Waters(6) 4-6 6-2 6-1
Qual 2 M Vento-Kabchi - M Weingartner(1) 6-78 6-4 6-4
1 M Vento-Kabchi-Q - M Bartoli 7-5 6-0
2 N Dechy(11) - M Vento-Kabchi-Q 7-5 4-6 7-5

Saint-Gaudens ($75,000 - France) May 11 2003
1 A Laurendon-WC - M Vento-Kabchi 6-2 6-0

Rome May 18 2003
Qual 1 M Sanchez Lorenzo(18) - M Vento-Kabchi 6-4 7-5

Madrid May 25 2003
Qual 1 M Vento-Kabchi - L Jimenez-WC 7-5 6-1
Qual 2 M Vento-Kabchi - P Garcia 6-4 7-5
Qual 3 I Lisjak - M Vento-Kabchi 6-1 1-6 6-4

Roland Garros June 8 2003
Qual 1 M Vento-Kabchi - M Goloviznina 6-3 6-2
Qual 2 M Sharapova - M Vento-Kabchi 6-3 6-1

Birmingham June 15 2003
Qual 1 M Vento-Kabchi(7) - N Duebbers 6-1 6-1
Qual 2 M Vento-Kabchi(7) - B Mattek(14) 6-4 2-6 6-3
1 M Vento-Kabchi-Q - D Bedanova(12) 6-2 4-6 7-62
2 M Vento-Kabchi-Q - J Lee-Q 2-6 7-5 6-2
3 M Vento-Kabchi-Q - V Razzano 6-3 6-3
QF S Asagoe - M Vento-Kabchi-Q 4-6 6-2 7-62

Wimbledon July 6 2003
Qual 1 M Vento-Kabchi(9) - V Henke 7-5 6-1
Qual 2 L Osterloh - M Vento-Kabchi(9) 0-6 7-64 6-1
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post #7 of 118 (permalink) Old Nov 1st, 2003, 07:08 PM
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anyone know what injury she sustained?
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post #8 of 118 (permalink) Old Nov 2nd, 2003, 02:54 PM Thread Starter
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I want to hear the latest info of MVK from our Spanish-speaking friends...

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post #9 of 118 (permalink) Old Jan 12th, 2004, 05:39 AM
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my name is gabriel, i currently have set up the first fan site to support maria vento kabchi. the link is on my signature below.
she is well aware of this site as my best friend is cousins with her husband. her husband was very touched when he found out about the fan site and said " this means a lot to me and maria." my friend has contact regularly and is able to find out what injuries maria has and etc.
look on the site for the upcoming tournaments maria will play at, as well as feel free to post a msg in the guestbook supporting maria because she checks it whenever she can!

thanks and here's to maria in 04
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post #10 of 118 (permalink) Old Jan 12th, 2004, 01:43 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the website, geegables!
Please add more info of MVK's daily activities there.
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Pairing with Angelique Widjaja, Maria get into Australian Open QF. They will play unseeded pair Maret Ani (EST)/Libuse Prusova(CZE) who defeated American pair of Lindsay Davenport/Corina Morariu.

Get into SF, Gals!
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post #12 of 118 (permalink) Old Jan 26th, 2004, 09:30 PM
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Good luck Maria!!
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post #13 of 118 (permalink) Old Feb 17th, 2004, 06:36 AM
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Maria is having a shocker start of the year
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Originally Posted by Paul123
Iwas at the opengazdefrance this week, and i think i got maria's autograph. i say i think because im not that good at recongnizing the players. id really like a positive identification of the signature i got. im pretty sure its her. i tried to access your site with the link you provided but it didnt work. maybe you have a autograph of her on line, or on your hard drive you can send me? id greatly appreciate it.... ihave a beautiful collection already, and id really like to identify her autograph positively. i can be reached at [email protected]. if you have any suggestions or advice id greatly appreciate it.....thanks, Paul Wise.

I have hers on my T-shirt.

I'll send you the pic.
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get this back and going

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