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<font size=6>2001 US OPEN<font=size><br /><font size=2><font=size>

New York, the Big Apple, and home to the final Grand Slam event on the ETA Tour. This week, tennis players will flock to Flushing Meadows, home of the US Open. A lot is at stake a chance to nab the first GS title, a shot at the No. 1, and to break away from the pack. The lights, the excitement, the drama, packed into one week of exciting and mind boggling tennis. So sit back, take a beer, and have some fries, because New York is place to be.

The USTA National Tennis Center features three stadium courts, a handful of show courts, and a myriad of outer courts that will be more than enough to serve the needs of all the ETA players. With over 7 million dollars in prize money, its going to be raining green bills for all players.

What do the players competing in the 2001 US Open like best about the Big Apple? Here is a rundown of the players we featured throughout the tournament:

Lindsay Davenport <br />Favorite restaurant: The Palm<br />Favorite hotel: Usually a hotel on the East Side. She also likes to stay with her friends.<br />Favorite place for brunch: Sara Beth's<br />Favorite memory: Winning her first grand slam. It was an emotional victory for Lindsay.

Jelena Dokic<br />Favorite restaurant: Red Eye Grill<br />Favorite hotel: Parker-Meridien<br />Favorite bar/lounge: Too young to get in.<br />Favorite New York City memory: Walking down Fifth Avenue for the first time, everything looked exactly the same as in the movies, but bigger, cleaner, and more beautiful.

Martina Hingis <br />Favorite Restaurant: Nobu<br />Favorite Brunch: St. Regis Hotel<br />Favorite New York Memories: Winning the US Open in 1997 and ice skating at Rockefeller Center after winning the Chase Championships.<br />Favorite Hotels: W, Plaza, and Paramount.

Barbara Schett <br />Favorite restaurants: Nobu, Blue Ribbon, 212<br />Favorite bar/club: Cheetah Club<br />Favorite New York memory: Reaching the Quarter Finals at the 1999 US Open.<br />Favorite hotel: Tie between W Hotel and the Plaza.

Venus Williams <br />Favorite restaurant: 212<br />Favorite Hotel: It's a secret<br />Favorite Brunch: Doesn't really eat brunch.<br />Favorite memories: Seeing the crowds come out to her final match at last year's US Open.

<br />Defending Champion Venus Williams will attempt to fend of all comers, as she looks to win her second US Open Crown

<br />Last year's finalist Lindsay Davenport, will try to recapture the magic of 1998 and win again

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Singles draw will be released later tonight, as well as the doubles draw. I have decided not to add mixed doubles until 2002 Australian Open. Send in points by Tuesday 1PM BOARDTIME to [email protected]

<br />Recently retired Nathalie Tauziat, will "help" out with the drawing of players
 

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As of now, we have 36 players entered into the US Open. The best way I figured out to have the draw is 28 direct qualifiers and 4 qualifying spots, meaning 8 players in qualifying. The problem is that there are 20 players that have 26+ points. The rest of the players are in a tight pack with the same amount of points.

6 players were given "wildcards" straight into the main draw. This was based on doubles results, since most players have the same singles records.

These players are Barbara Schett, Lindsay Davenport, Iva Majoli, Cris Fernandez, Serena Williams, Patty Schnyder.

The rest of the players will be thrown into a "pre-tournament direct entry draw, with the 2 players winning in the end, given a spot in the main draw. The rest of the players will be relegated into the US Open qualies. The points used for this draw will be that from the Pilot Pen tourney. No ranking points will be added from this draw and will not go on your record.

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<font size=5>Pre-Tournament Direct Entry Draw<font=size><br /><font size=2><font=size><br />Magdalena Maleeva vs. Jana Novatna<br />Anastasia Msykina vs. Daja Bedanova<br />Steffi Graf vs. Dinara Safina<br />Chanda Rubin vs. Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario

1st Round Results<br />Magdalena Maleeva def. Jana Novatna 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(3)<br />Anastasia Myskina def. Daja Bedanova 7-5, 5-7, 6-1<br />Dinara Safina def. Steffi Graf 6-2, 0-6, 6-3 <br />Chanda Rubin def. Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario 0-6, 6-4, 6-2

2nd Round Results<br />Magdalena Maleeva def. Anastasia Myskina 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(0)<br />Chanda Rubin def. Dinara Safina 0-6, 6-1, 7-6(1)<br /><font size=5><font=size><br />Direct Entrants<br /><font size=2><font=size><br />
<br />Bulgaria's Magdalena Maleeva slips by both of her opponents in a third set tiebreak.

<br />Chanda Rubin of the USA, used topspin heavy ground strokes to endure two three set matches to gain direct entry into the US Open Main Draw.

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<font size=5>2001 US Open Singles Qualifying Draw<font=size><br /><font size=2><font=size><br />Final Round Qualifying<br />Evoone Goolagong (AUS) vs. Anastasia Myskina (RUS)<br />Jana Novatna (CZE) vs. Mirjana Lucic (CRO)<br />Steffi Graf (GER) vs. Daja Bedanova (CZE)<br />Dinara Safina (RUS) vs. Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario (ESP)

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<font size=5>2001 US Open Singles Main Draw<font=size><br /><font size=2><font=size><br />First Round<br />(1) Justine Henin (BEL) vs. Serena Williams (USA)<br />Patty Schnyder (SUI) vs. Elena Manevska (MKD)<br />Qualifier vs. Cris Fernandez (PHI)<br />Lina Krasnoroutskaya (RUS) vs. (5) Rachel McQuillan (AUS)

(7) Anke Huber (GER) vs. Qualifier<br />Venus Williams (USA) vs. Qualifier<br />Barbara Schett (AUT) vs. Iva Majoli (CRO)<br />Sandrine Testud (FRA) vs. (3) Tamarine Tanasugarn (THA)

(4) Ola Abuzikry (EGY) vs. Jelena Dokic (CAN)<br />Anna Kournikova (RUS) vs. Qualifier<br />Petra Mandula (HUN) vs. Lindsay Davenport (USA)<br />Magdalena Maleeva (BUL) vs. (6) Helena Sukova (CZE)

(8) Mary Pierce (FRA) vs. Gabriela Sabatini (ARG)<br />Iroda Tulyaganova (UZE) vs. Martina Hings (SUI)<br />Monica Seles (USA) vs. Elena Dementieva (RUS)<br />Chanda Rubin (USA) vs. (2) Angelique Widjaja (INA)

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<font size=5>2001 US Open Doubles Qualifying Draw<font=size><br /><font size=2><font=size><br />Final Round Qualifying<br />Huber/Rubin vs. Pierce/Sabatini<br />Goolagong/Lucic vs. Dementieva/Dokic
 

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<font size=5>2001 US Open Doubles Main Draw<font=size><br /><font size=2><font=size><br />(1) Schett/S Williams vs. Kournikova/V Williams<br />Myskina/Novatna vs. (8) Abuzikry/Maleeva<br />(6) Majoli/Seles vs. Graf/Manevska<br />Bedanova/Henin vs. (3) Mandula/Schnyder

(4) Fernandez/Tanasugarn vs. Qualifier<br />Qualifier vs. (7) McQuillan/Sukova<br />(5) Davenport/Krasnoroutskaya vs. Hingis/Testud<br />Sanchez-Vicario/Tulyaganova vs. (2) Gerards/Safina

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<font size=5>Singles Seed Report<font=size><br /><font size=2><font=size><br />(1) Justine Henin<br />Henin is riding high winning 8 of her last 9 singles matches, and the newly crowned No. 1. The confident Belgian though has a tough first round match in always dangerous Serena Williams. Should Henin get by the younger Williams sister, she should cruise into the quarters where she'll meet either No. 7 Rachel McQuillan or No. 9 Lina Krasnoroutskaya.

(2) Angelique Widjaja<br />The Rogers & AT&T Champion, fell in the second round of the Pilot Pen in a tough three setter to Helena Sukova. But don't count the former No. 1 out. Sukova who outstretched Angie, also stretched Henin, meaning that all three players are playing on a similar level. Widjaja has a pretty easy draw, and should meet No. 8 Mary Pierce or the winner of the Tulyaganova/Hingis match.

(3) Tamarine Tanasugarn<br />The Thai Queen is playing an extremely high level, and looks to drive for her first title here at Flushing Meadows. The Thai player though will face a stiff first roung challenge against No. 11 Sandrine Testud. Should Tammy get past Testud, she'll most likely meet No. 7 Anke Huber or defending champion Venus Williams.

(4) Ola Abuzikry<br />The Egyptian No. 1 will make her debut on the ETA tour againt Canadian and world No. 12 Jelena Dokic. Little is known about Abuzikry, about her game, her mental toughness, and grit. If Abuzikry loses, there could be an opening for either Dokic or Kournikova. Abuzikry debuted in the ETA doubles with a flat lost in straight sets. This part of the draw is really up in the air and could provide the pathway for a dark horse.

(5) Rachel McQuillan<br />The red hot Australian, made a breakthrough last week reaching the semifinals of the Pilot Pen. The Aussie No. 1 lost both of her matches this season to Tanasugarn in three sets. Though she faces very dangerous Lina Krasnoroutskaya in the first round. The winner of this match should reach the quarterfinals in perhaps a clash with No. 1 Justine Henin.

(6) Helena Sukova<br />The Czech No. 1, was a hair away from reaching last week's finals. Sukova's tactical game should be enough to get by Maleeva in the first round. The world No. 6 should make the quarterfinals, taking in regard her excellent form in the past two weeks.

(7) Anke Huber<br />The German opens up against a qualifier in round one, but the real match that everyone is looking forward to is a possible second round battle with Venus Williams. Last week Huber edged out Williams in two tight tiebreaks. Whoever comes out of this section will put up a good fight against No. 3 Tanasugarn.

(8) Mary Pierce<br />The Frenchwoman has the uneviable task of facing her doubles partner in the first round. Pierce who reached back to back quarterfinals in the last two weeks, will try to make it three for three. But she faces dangerous floaters in the early rounds. All three players in her section could come through to the quarters.

<font size=4>Dark Horses and Dangerous Floaters<font=size><font size=2><font=size><br />Serena Williams, hasn't been on form lately but the 1999 Champion could find her groove and march to a second GS title.

Lina Krasnoroutskaya, the young Russian has the game to trouble the top players and win GS titles. The Russian No. 1 just missed a seeding spot and has a chance to upset No. 5 McQuillan in the first round.

Venus Williams, it wouldn't be a GS event if Venus wasn't considered among the contenders. Williams is 2-2 on the season, and seems to have been fatiguing in her three set matches. But Venus never backs down at GS events.

Sandrine Testud, fell in the first round of last week's Pilot Pen, but is always reaching the last rounds of Grand Slams. A tough first round match is her first road block, but Testud is known for making big upsets over top players.

Jelena Dokic, has shown good form over the past two weeks, and with a very open draw in her section, she ccould make a big splash like Wimbledon 99.

Anna Kournikova, has looked a but listless in her last matches, but the Russian enjoys the New York crows, and their support alone could drive her up and over into the end of the week.

Martina Hingis, showed great form last week, reaching the quarterfinals and has seemed to regain her confidence. The 1997 Champion, 1998, 1999 Finalist will look to book another finals date.

Iroda Tulyaganova, the hard hitting baseliner, will benefit from the fast surface here at the Open. Tulyaganova has yet to make a dent on the hardcourt season, but now is the time for this rising starlet to shine.

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I am very disgruntled to see that Lina Krasnoroutskaya not having a singles rank. She has gotten to the quarterfinals in both touraments. I do not know how others are ranked ahead of her!

I DEMAND TO SEE A RANKING SHEET!
 

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<br />[/i]Venus arrived in New York City yesterday evening by yacht and went straight to the practice courts to sharpen up her game.[/i]

<br />while there, she ran into the paparazzi and posed for their pleasure. In singles, Venus faces a qualifier and in doubles, she and Anna Kourniova are up against the top seed, Barbara Schett and Serena Williams.

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ASV aka Lina, Krasnoroutskaya did not reach the quarters of Montreal. She lost in the second round to Anke Huber.

1. Justine Henin<br />Tier II Champion<br />Tier I Semifinalist

2. Angelique Widjaja<br />Tier II Round of 16<br />Tier I Champion

3. Tamarine Tanasugarn<br />Tier II Finalist<br />Tier I Semifinalist

4. Ola Abuzikry aka Nathalie Tauziat<br />Tier I Finalist

5. Rachel McQuillan<br />Tier II Quarterfinalist<br />Tier I Quarterfinalist

6. Helena Sukova<br />Tier II Semifinalist<br />Tier I Round of 16

7. Anke Huber<br />Tier II Quarterfinalist<br />Tier I Quarterfinalist

7. Mary Pierce<br />Tier II Quarterfinalist<br />Tier I Quarterfinalist

9. Lina Krasnoroutskaya<br />Tier II Quarterfinalist<br />Tier I Round fo 16

Lina's Record<br />Montreal<br />R32: Mandula W 6-1, 7-5<br />R16: Huber L 6-1, 5-7, 2-6

New Haven<br />R32: Bedanova W 6-2, 7-6(2)<br />R16: Mandula W 6-1, 7-6(0)<br />QF: Sukova L 6-1, 6-7(5), 1-6

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<font size=5>Race to the Sanex Championships<font=size><font size=2><font=size>

Rank Prior Rank Player Country Ranking Points Pilot Pen Rogers & AT&T<br />1 4 Justine Henin BEL 317.00 200.00 117.00<br />2 1 Tamarine Tanasugarn THA 257.00 140.00 117.00<br />3 3 Angelique Widjaja INA 286.00 26.00 260.00<br />4 2 Ola Abuzikry EGY 182.00 0.00 182.00<br />5 7 Helena Sukova CZE 126.00 90.00 36.00<br />6 11 Anke Huber GER 115.00 50.00 65.00<br />7 8 Rachel McQuillan AUS 115.00 50.00 65.00<br />7 6 Mary Pierce FRA 115.00 50.00 65.00<br />9 16 Lina Krasnoroutskaya RUS 86.00 50.00 36.00<br />9 12 Martina Hingis SUI 86.00 50.00 36.00<br />11 5 Sandrine Testud FRA 66.00 1.00 65.00<br />12 9 Monica Seles USA 62.00 26.00 36.00<br />12 10 Jelena Dokic CAN 62.00 26.00 36.00<br />12 15 Venus Williams USA 62.00 26.00 36.00<br />15 14 Anna Kournikova RUS 37.00 1.00 36.00<br />15 13 Gabriela Sabatini ARG 37.00 1.00 36.00<br />17 29 Elena Manevska MKD 27.00 26.00 1.00<br />17 27 Petra Mandula HUN 27.00 26.00 1.00<br />17 26 Iroda Tulyaganova UZE 27.00 26.00 1.00<br />20 35 Elena Dementieva RUS 26.00 26.00 0.00<br />21 31 Steffi Graf GER 12.00 12.00 0.00<br />22 34 Chanda Rubin USA 7.00 7.00 0.00<br />22 40 Anastasia Myskina RUS 7.00 7.00 0.00<br />24 39 Jana Novotna CZE 4.00 4.00 0.00<br />25 17 Barbara Schett AUT 2.00 1.00 1.00<br />25 18 Daja Bedanova CZE 2.00 1.00 1.00<br />25 19 Lindsay Davenport USA 2.00 1.00 1.00<br />25 20 Magdalena Maleeva BUL 2.00 1.00 1.00<br />25 21 Iva Majoli CRO 2.00 1.00 1.00<br />25 22 Michelle Gerards NED 2.00 1.00 1.00<br />25 23 Cris Fernandez PHI 2.00 1.00 1.00<br />25 24 Serena Williams USA 2.00 1.00 1.00<br />25 25 Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario ESP 2.00 1.00 1.00<br />25 28 Dinara Safina RUS 2.00 1.00 1.00<br />25 30 Patty Schnyder SUI 2.00 1.00 1.00<br />38 32 Kim Clijsters BEL 0.00 0.00 0.00<br />38 33 Elena Likovtseva RUS 0.00 0.00 0.00<br />38 36 Conchita Martinez ESP 0.00 0.00 0.00<br />38 37 Jennifer Capriati USA 0.00 0.00 0.00<br />38 38 Maria Emilia Salerni ARG 0.00 0.00 0.00<br />38 N/A Mirjana Lucic CRO 0.00 0.00 0.00<br />38 N/A Evoone Goolagong AUS 0.00 0.00 0.00
 

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Sorry about the messing rankings, I'm trying to get in contact with Williams_Rulez, to be our official poster of rankings. I'll do the rankings, but I'll send them to hit to post. I'm hoping that he'll accept! <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0">
 
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