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they should move the US-Open completely into August, to make for space for Asien Tournaments after the USO

unbearable how dead the North-American Womens Tennis market is :sobbing:

(i know, Quebec was after USO - but the slot was always bad, and the NewHaven Tournament showed how bad the market is)
 

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What a shame, this was a nice little tournament. :sad: The time slot has really hurt it in the past few years though, not many top players want to be playing the week before or after a Grand Slam.

Here's some footage from 2015 when Baby Ostapenko played her first ever WTA final against former top 43 player (and Wertheim Wimbledon SF pick) Annika Beck.

 

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Here's some footage from 2015 when Baby Ostapenko played her first ever WTA final against former top 43 player (and Wertheim Wimbledon SF pick) Annika Beck.
She's actually a former top 37 player :eek:h:
 
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:sobbing: This tournament has so many memories for me.

Rumor is that they want to get a high level challenger in the winter. I'm guessing a tourney right after Midland? Wouls actually get a decent draw if it was a 125k/100k.
 

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:sobbing: This tournament has so many memories for me.

Rumor is that they want to get a high level challenger in the winter. I'm guessing a tourney right after Midland? Wouls actually get a decent draw if it was a 125k/100k.
It feels like North American tennis keeps going in this direction. Sponsors aren't willing to go above the 125/100k level. There are so many American tournaments at this level right now.
 

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<img src="https://www.tennisforum.com/images/smilies/sobbing.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Sobbing" class="inlineimg" /> This tournament has so many memories for me.

Rumor is that they want to get a high level challenger in the winter. I'm guessing a tourney right after Midland? Wouls actually get a decent draw if it was a 125k/100k.
My mind went straight to there as well, would probably attract a good draw next to Midland on the challenger circuit - could even make it a WTA 125k.

Sad to see this tournament go, for many years it was a player favourite (won many awards in its heyday) and quite a list of memorable players who have won or played finals here. Unfortunately being indoor carpet as a lone event after the US Open geographically stood out like a sore thumb.
 

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- Melanie Gloria 2 mins of fame
- Amy Frazier last career title
- Bartoli rise to GOATdom
- Paszek comeback to WTA draws
- Lucic-Baroni winning a title 16 years later

So many good moments here.
Lindsay Davenport winning the title on her comeback, Maria Sharapova winning at 16, Capriati playing in her comeback year. I can't :sobbing:

I looked at the draws, and my first year as a ballboy was 1998, and 1996 going as a young kiddo. I saw Els Callens, Jolene Watanabe and Lisa Raymond play and I started tennis lessons right after!
 

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confirmed on new WTA calendar

so Zhengzhou, Nanchang and Hiroshima are the 3 tournaments that week :eek:h:
 

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Also worth noting this was the tournament Serena made her WTA debut - in the qualies way back in 1995. She lost in Q1 to Annie Miller 6/1 6/1.
 

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- Melanie Gloria 2 mins of fame
- Amy Frazier last career title
- Bartoli rise to GOATdom
- Paszek comeback to WTA draws
- Lucic-Baroni winning a title 16 years later

So many good moments here.
Ooh yes. So many good memories at this tournament. Speaking of Bartoli, this was also the event where the oracle known as Olga Puchkova predicted that Marion would one day win a Grand Slam title. Many on here thought that Olga was just trying to make herself feel better after getting double bagelled. How wrong they were! :SNE:
 
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I looked at the draws, and my first year as a ballboy was 1998, and 1996 going as a young kiddo. I saw Els Callens, Jolene Watanabe and Lisa Raymond play and I started tennis lessons right after!
Sadly, Jolene passed away a couple of weeks ago.

Jolene F. Watanabe (1969 – 2019)

Jolene F. Watanabe, 50, of Hilton Head Island, wife of Sylvain Elie and daughter of NSWTA member Janet Watanabe, died Saturday, June 22, 2019, after nearly two-year fight with cancer of the appendix. Watanabe was the head pro at the Smith Stearns Tennis Academy in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Watanabe was recruited out of California to play for University of Nevada Las Vegas. She was the Big West Conference Player of the Year as a senior. UNLV went 10-20 in 1986 in its first season after a five-year break without a program, and the following season as a freshman Watanabe helped the Rebels go 24-13. They never had a losing record with her on the team. After her UNLV career, Watanabe played on the WTA tour for 11 years, reaching at least the second round of each of the four Grand Slam tournaments. She upset Jennifer Capriati in the first round of the 1997 Australian Open, and reached a world singles ranking as high as No. 72 in February 1997. Watanabe went on to coach the New York Buzz of World TeamTennis from 2003 to 2007, and was a United States Tennis Association certified high-performance coach.

Remembrance
 
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