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From the WTA Tour site:

There may be two Americans in action, but there are three Frenchwomen. In her last tournament before retirement, Nathalie Tauziat faces the four-time Grand Slam winner Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, while another retiree Sandrine Testud takes on Amelie Mauresmo, the winner of four titles in the first five months of the year.
 

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WHAAAATTT!!!!!

<br />WAAAAAHHHHHHH <img src="graemlins/firey.gif" border="0" alt="[Fiery]" /> <img src="graemlins/firey.gif" border="0" alt="[Fiery]" /> <img src="graemlins/firey.gif" border="0" alt="[Fiery]" />
 

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NOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!! <img src="redface.gif" border="0"> <img src="frown.gif" border="0"> <img src="frown.gif" border="0"> <img src="frown.gif" border="0">

I cannot believe this is true! I'm certain we would have heard of something before now. I'll have to confirm from a most reliable source.
 

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The scary thing is, is that Julie Halard-Decugis announced it all of a sudden as well.

Is, Silvia Farina Elia retiring too? They haven't said anything about her.
 

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??????? i hope she will not retire <img src="confused.gif" border="0"> <img src="confused.gif" border="0"> <img src="confused.gif" border="0">
 

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Come to think of it. Sandrine made a reference to visiting Paris for the French Open next year so I doubt this is true.

<a href="http://www.capriati.co.uk," target="_blank">www.capriati.co.uk,</a> where specifically on the WTA Tour site did you read this? I can't find any reference to this.
 

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Ed: I know. Roberta Vinci will need Sandrine too - I don't think it is true - they may have meant Farina instead (though I hope neither is retiring).
 

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It is their second story on main page at the moment:

New Era Begins For Year-Ending Championships <br />Munich -- Some like it, some don't, but the Sanex Championships are now in Munich, transplanted from their spiritual home at Madison Square Garden for the first time in over 30 years.

As the 16 players met the media on the day before the first ball is struck, most were asked what they thought of the move, and there was general agreement that it will eventually prove to be positive.

"You shouldn't judge it just on the first year," said Lindsay Davenport, who is the one remaining player with the chance of catching Jennifer Capriati for the year-ending No 1 ranking. And Capriati herself welcomed the change, saying she was "very happy to be in Munich".

She will be even happier at the end of the week if she is No 1, and she can put herself virtually out of reach of Davenport if she wins the first match in the German metropolis's Olympic arena. In that opener (2pm Central European Time) the top seed takes on Maggie Maleeva, the 17th-ranked Bulgarian who is the same age as Capriati but has reached Munich by a very different route.

Davenport starts on Wednesday against Amanda Coetzer - the South African playing her ninth successive year-ending championships - fresh from three tournament victories in three consecutive weeks. Both she and Capriati had stern words for Venus Williams, who pulled out of the event at just three days' notice, but the Wimbledon and US Open champion's absence merely leaves the stage clear for others.

Among them is the younger Williams sister Serena, who finishes the opening day's programme with a first round match against the Italian veteran Silvia Farina Elia.

There may be two Americans in action, but there are three Frenchwomen. In her last tournament before retirement, Nathalie Tauziat faces the four-time Grand Slam winner Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, while another retiree Sandrine Testud takes on Amelie Mauresmo, the winner of four titles in the first five months of the year.
 

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maybe they just made mistake - they wanted to write "another Frenchwoman" but they wrote "another retiree" <img src="confused.gif" border="0">
 

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I think Sandrine would have mentioned something earlier for the benefit of her fans. Julie did mention her retirement quite a while before the end of the year, if I remember correctly. I seriously doubt Sandrine is retiring... I think that she could continue to challenger the top players into her 30's.

It's also important to note that they're also wrong about Nathalie, as she's not totally retiring next year. She will, after all, play doubles.
 

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Though there were one or two rumours last year, it only became clear Julie HD was gonna retire on the night of her last ever match, at the Chase.

It was a big shock. Hope Sandrine intends to continue for many a year.

[ October 30, 2001: Message edited by: Chris Ba ]</p>
 

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If this is true, Terry (Iva's #1 Fan) will be really crushed. I like her lots too - hope she continues for many a season!
 

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I doubt this is true, i guess they would have said something in French Tennis Magazine.

And it won't be the first time there's a mistake in an article about tennis <img src="rolleyes.gif" border="0">

Anyway, let's hope she keeps playing next year!
 
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