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|Sep 28th, 2004 12:00 AM|
Originally Posted by spiceboy
I do think Sania will get a wc as well, it'll be great if she partners with Paes for mixed in Melbourne.
|Sep 27th, 2004 09:29 PM|
Thanks spiceboy -- it'll definitely be interesting to see how this all plays out!
|Sep 27th, 2004 08:18 PM|
Originally Posted by nkoth
Although it depends how much Na Li is eager to play this season now that she has secured her place in Australia but probably she will get into the top 110 with points from Guangzhou and both $50K tournaments at the end of the year in China she surely will play (and probably Tashkent too)
|Sep 27th, 2004 07:36 PM|
Question for all of you -- if Na Li ends up making the main draw of the Aus Open *without* using her WC, does the runner-up (in this case, Sania Mirza) get it instead?
It's certainly a possibility for Li, as she is already in the Top 150 and fast climbing!
|Sep 21st, 2004 03:55 PM|
Na and Yeu Tzoo
Though Na didnt really need this WC, she would have qualified for the main draw anyway. I would have preferred someone else take the WC who wouldnt have gone into the qualifying draw.
|Sep 16th, 2004 02:01 AM|
Originally Posted by jirobk
Anyway, Mirza looks like improving fast and Mi-ra is again in another slump.
|Sep 13th, 2004 07:19 AM|
Yeu Tzuoo Wang , Na Li , Sania Mirza, Aisam Ul Haq Qureshi (Courtesy Asian Tennis Federation)
September 13th, 2004: Chinese Taipei’s top seed Yeu Tzuoo Wang and China’s Na Li crowned themselves men’s and women’s singles champs at the $ 100,000 Asian Championships at Tashkent Tennis Centre Sunday.
Both Wang (ATP 168) and Na Li ( WTA 192) take back home a wild card each for the Australian Open 2005 and USD 7200 in prize money.
Wang beat Pakistan’s Aisam Ul Haq Qureshi 6-3, 7-6 (5); Na Li took apart India’s Sania Mirza 6-2, 6-1 in under an hour.
Playing first at the packed stadium court, China’s second seed Na Li never allowed Sania Mirza to get into her attacking rhythm. Packing more power than Mirza, Na Li stayed focused on the job of winning. Mirza has had a great run in this tournament upsetting the top seed in the quarters and coming into the finals in cracking form. Na Li, on the other hand struggled through the quarters and semifinals but raised her game when it mattered in the finals. This win today marks Na Li’s fifth title this year.
“I didn’t sleep the whole of last night thinking about this match. I knew that Sania going to hit the ball really hard to turn on the pressure so I mentally prepared for it and it really helped,” Na Li said after her win.
When she plays the Australian Open next year, riding on the wild card ticket from this tournament win, Na Li will be making her first ever appearance in any Grand Slam women’s main draw event.
“She played super tennis today. I just couldn’t read where she was going to hit, she disguised it very well. She never allowed me to do much,” Mirza said after the match.
For men’s top seed Yeu Tzuoo Wang, the final turned out to be just another day at office. The reed-like 19-year old from Chinese Taipei chipped away quietly at Qureshi’s patience, slowing things down and forcing Qureshi to risk the big shot on tough points.
Qureshi played his natural serve and volley game and came up with flashes of brilliance off his backhand down the line while Wang won the match with his mind, as usual.
Wang has acquired a reputation on the tour for being a tough customer who keeps a low profile. Proof of his talent and mental strength were on display this year at Wimbledon too when he gave Andy Roddick some anxious moments in a tight three-setter.
Today, Wang kept his returns low, forced Qureshi to volley up and toyed around from the baseline without hurrying up any point.
It all fell in place and Wang wrapped it up in the second set tie-break just when Qureshi was threatening to stretch the match to the third. Qureshi is playing his first tournament here after a six-week injury layoff and has done well to get this far in the tournament. Qureshi, ranked 205 on the ATP list, is Pakistan’s most exciting player on the men’s tour.
Yet, the young man is disappointed. “It’s not for the prize money that I came here. I very badly wanted to win that wild card,’’ he said.
Wang, of course, is on high. “It’s the third time I’m coming to this tournament and I’ve got lucky. I’m really looking forward to the Aussie Open. It’s a real honour,” he said.
On the sidelines of this tournament, the Asian Tennis Federation has decided to award Uzbekistan Tennis Federation the mandate to host the Asian Championships for the next three years.
Uzbek qualifier Dmitry Mazur gave himself the perfect birthday present packing off fourth seeded Ti Chen of Chinese Taipei in straight sets to reach the men’s singles quarter finals in the $ 100,000 Asian Championships at the Tashkent Tennis Centre. Mazur won 6-3, 6-2.
Nursing a bad elbow, Mazur (in pic) continued his giant killing form on the showcourt today. Coming through the qualifying rounds here, Mazur showed no signs of fatigue and stayed in the lead through the match. Ranked 565 on the ATP tour, Mazur stepped on court on a high, having beaten Chen in two previous match-ups. A first generation tennis player from his family, Mazur said this win gives him tremendous confidence for the ATP season ahead.
In another upset, fifth seeded Uzbek Vadim Kutsenko fell in straight sets to Shao Xuan Zeng of China.
The men’s singles is now bereft of its third, fourth and fifth seeds, leaving the middle half of the draw split wide open. And, one man who’s looking to blaze a trail here is Kuwait’s Muhammad Al Ghareeb, who felled third seed Sunil Kumar Sipaeya of India and has now booked his quarter final berth in the singles and made the semis of the doubles event. Top seed Yeu Tzuoo Wang and second seed Aisam Ul Haq Qureshi are also through to the quarters.
In women’s action, top seeded Mi-Ra Jeon of Korea set up a quarter final clash with India’s Sania Mirza. Mirza demolished Kamila Mirzaalimova of Uzbekistan without dropping a game while Jeon gave way six games to beat Kazakhstan’s Amina Rakhim. Jeon and Sania have not played each other before but clearly, its Jeon who’s going to be under tremendous pressure in the quarters. The 26-year-old top seed is clearly struggling here while Mirza looks in match winning form until now.
All the other women’s seeds have taken their place in the quarters. Second seed Na Li of China plays sixth seed Chin Wei Chan of Taipei, fourth seed Ryoko Fuda of Japan is up against fifth seed Jin Hee Kim of Korea, and third seed Chia Jung Chuang of Taipei faces off against eighth seed Napaporn Tongsalee of Thailand.
Doubles action, meanwhile, has entered the semi-final stage in both the men’s and women’s. Here too Kuwait’s Al Ghareeb stole the show today, teaming up with Abdullah Magdas to stun the second seeded Indian pair Sunil Kumar Sipaeya and Vishal Uppal in three tough sets 7-6 (3), 4-6, 7-6 (5). Ghareeb, who’s been training under a Swedish coach recently, has been having a fabulous tournament in Tashkent and has served notice of his potential with his consistent performance.
|Sep 13th, 2004 12:30 AM|
wow Na congrats
|Sep 12th, 2004 10:46 PM|
|V.Melb||Na Li. Back into devastation mode again.|
|Sep 12th, 2004 08:50 PM|
|Tripp||Wow, the words Li said, it's like she's a tennis killing machine. Can't wait to see how she does at the Australian Open, playing with the big girls.|
|Sep 12th, 2004 07:27 PM|
|KoOlMaNsEaN||Wow Na Li|
|Sep 12th, 2004 05:34 PM|
|pcrtennis||Go Na!!!!! Can't wait till the Aussie Open now for you!!!!|
|Sep 12th, 2004 04:10 PM|
|Sep 12th, 2004 04:08 PM|
Originally Posted by nkoth
|Sep 12th, 2004 01:54 PM|
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