Anne Keothavong had joined the ETA tour.As the first brit she wants to raise the standard of the british ladies and hopes to do so by playing on the ETA tour.<br />'I'm really looking forward to it.I'm playing doubles with Monica Seles which is just an honour to play with such a great name.I'm really looking forward!'
cris fernandez of the philippines won over the swiss player patty schynder 7-5, 0-6, 6-1 yesterday to reach the third round of qualification in the ETA brasil open 2001. the filipina was coming-off emotional woes recently, feeling the pressures of the ETA tour. the first set was hotly contested as both players displayed almost flawless tennis with fernandez catching the single break. the swiss retaliated by sweeping the 2nd set to love, not letting the filipina get into a groove. in the third set, the filipina showed form as she broke the swiss in her first service game and never looked back.
comments from cris, "im really happy because of the wins, but more importantly, because i am able to handle the pressure better. everything is slowly moving along."
fernandez will next face gabriela sabatini for a spot in the main draw.
Another QF for Anke! LOL - 4th in a row now - I hope she can get past the QF for the first time though! LOL But Ola will definitely be tough <img src="frown.gif" border="0"> <img src="frown.gif" border="0">
GO ANKE! <img src="wink.gif" border="0"> <img src="wink.gif" border="0">
in one of the most enthralling matches of the day, tamarine tanasugarn finally halted best friend and partner cris fernandez's run in the brasil ladies open with a 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 win. when the players walked up to the net to share compliments, they exchanged warm felt hugs to the standing ovation of the crowd. fernandez won three rounds to reach this stage, with wins over patty schnyder, elke clijsters and gabriela sabatini.
comments from cris, "i am very happy with what i have accomplished this week. last week was a difficult time for me and to bounce back with the tough wins is wonderful. i hope to do much more in singles in the near future."
on playing her best friend on tour:
"it was weird but if i am to lose anyone, i feel that tammy is the one i would prefer to lose to. she was amazing out there. it just goes to show that even if you win a set 6-1, does not mean you have won the match. i hope she goes on to win this tourney."
fernandez and tanasugarn are still in doubles contention.
i think this week is gonna be very tough on her and will be a true test to see if she can handle being one of the top players on the tour both mentally and physically! i wouldnt be surprised if fatigue sets in soon as she has made 2 finals and a semi in 3 tournaments! fatigue HAS to be setting in by now!!!!!
hang in there tammy!
well done to cris on making it through to the 2nd round! we played an awesome match! i know it was hard for the both of us! i didn't want to play you because you are on a high and you are loving it! when your final ball sailed long my stomach churned because i felt so bad! i hope we never play each other again!!! <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
great win by us though in doubles! we fought hard after the atrocious second set! we are back on our winning ways again! <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0"> <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0">
Justine Henin yet again managed to overcome Elena Manevska , in a nail bitting finish . Employing the same tactics which helped Henin win over Elena recently in the US Open , she attacked the Manevska backhand. "It broke down" claimed Elena in dismay.
Elena was however positive about her game and tournament result, "beating Anna and putting up a fight against Justine was my goal. Sooner or later , hopefuly sonner than later(giggles) i'll be able to win one of these close matches that Justine and i always seem to play". Elena had defeated Anna 6-7(5), 7-6(6), 7-6(6) in first round action .
Q : Congrats with your victory. How tough was it?<br />JH : I think the scoreline says it all, it was a very close match and I'm glad I came through. I had played her last week so I knew what to expect and I was ready. But she's very talented and very strong, soon she'll be among the top players.
Q : Was it an advantage to have played her only last week?<br />In a way it was cause I was prepared. I knew her strong and weaker points. Everything was still fresh in my memory. On the other hand it can also be a disadvantage since she too remembers very well my game.
Q : You attacked her backhand a lot. Was that your tactic?<br />Yes, I know her backhand tends to let her down a bit when things get tight. But I didn't always attack her backhand cause I didn't want her to find her rhythm on that shot so I mixed it up with some attacks on her forehand. All in all I think I played a very smart match.
Q : How are you looking against the rest of the week? Are you feeling confident?<br />Yes I am, I'm very confident at the moment and I'm playing well. Hopefully I will keep up this level of play for the rest of the week.
Q : Thank you Justine and good luck.<br />Thank you very much!
Tamarine Tanasugarn rallied past France's Sandrine Testud to reach the semifinals or better in her last four events. The world No. 1 looked off and ragged in the first set as Testud easily took the first set. Testud, the Bronx Classic Champion, rode a 6 match winning streak into the quarterfinal show down. The US Open runner-up, battled strong in the final two sets, demonstrating the mental grit that has earned the Southeast Asian the No. 1 ranking, edging Testud with a break in each set.
Fourth seeded Ola Abuzikry ended Anke Huber's run in the quarters, beating the world No. 5 in a see saw match. The first set was an intense battle with both players struggling to read each other's service game. In the tiebreak, an easy forehand put away that sailed long from Huber, was all that Abuzkiry needed. Huber, clearly angered, put all her energy into the second set, serving and hitting harder. Abuzikry though rallied placing her serves well enough to keep Huber guessing and putting away easy volley winners.
Justine Henin, dropped the first set before, taking control of the next two sets to take the match. Seles used her heavy groundstrokes and sharp angled shots to keep Henin running. The Pilot Pen Champion though changed up her game in the second and third sets, hitting effective drop shots to tire out Seles and throwing in effective slices from both sides. Henin's all cout game finally broke down Seles, and ending Seles' run.
<br />Martina Hingis completed the top 4 seeds all reaching the semifinals, but it didn't look like it would happen. Dementieva used her heavy paced groundstrokes to keep Hingis scrapping throughout the match. The young Russian had match points at 5-4 and 6-5, but nerves riddled Elena's game with unforced errors. Hingis capitalized on Elena's inability to close out the match, winning the tie break easily. Dementieva lost her opening service game, but fought tough through the rest of the set. Hingis though did not look back, as the US Open Champion extended her match winning streak to 8.