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YAY!! Weldone Iri!! Now get your next opponent!
 

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wow Iroda, i cannot describe the happiness that i feel right now :woohoo: :yippee: :banana: :dance:
 

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..........says Iroda: "I'm happy with my start, especially making my debut after a long break in my home country in front of the faithful supporters,"

:kiss: :kiss: :bounce: :bounce: ,now she only have to beat the rest!
 

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Andrew's Tashkent 1r report

You take fifteen months out of tennis to recover from elbow-surgery, then you beat the top seed in your first match back!

Iroda Tulyaganova - the powerful, athletic, versatile, voluptuous 22-year-old with the searing two-handed backhand - stunned top-seeded Selesian player Marion Bartoli 6-4 6-4 in a mouthwatering first-round match at Tashkent yesterday (Tuesday 12th October).

"It was a fiercely competitive match, controversial at times, and produced some scintillating shotmaking by both players."

This was Iroda's first professional match since Sopot in July 2003. She had surgery on her right elbow after missing the US Open 2003. She appeared on several commitment-lists during the spring of 2004, but always pulled out of the tournaments before the draws were made - apparently due to secondary injuries to other parts of her body.

Marion too has had injury-problems this year. At Birmingham she fell and injured her hip, and was in so much pain she had to be sedated and taken to hospital. Fortunately this injury did not turn out to be career-threatening as first feared, but more recent problems include blisters on her right hand that forced her to retire from two matches, and heat-illness. Perhaps these problems made Marion a sitting duck for Iroda.

But you look at Jelena Dokic (of whom I'm also a fan), on a nine-match losing streak stretching back to April, and then Iroda - first crack out of the box - picks off the top seed!

Tashkent is Iroda's hometown, and it was at the June 2000 edition of this tournament that she won her first of three WTA Tour singles titles (adding Vienna and Knokke-Heist in July 2001). Iroda deliberately waited to make her comeback at Tashkent, even though her coach Dmitry Tomashevich advised her to come back a bit earlier.

Iroda: "I wanted to make my comeback here, in Tashkent, my hometown, where my fans will come to watch me."

Not this fan, unfortunately! :rolleyes: I've just gathered as much information about the match as I can from the Internet, arranged it into a sensible chronological report, and added as much insight as I can without actually having seen the match.


Iroda was calm in the days leading up to the tournament, apparently, but she nearly didn't play the match after waking up to an attack of nerves!

"It struck me suddenly this morning and I told my friend [and fellow-player] Marta Marrero, 'How can I play?'"


"Her diamond hairclips sparkling in the mid-day sun, Iroda Tulyaganova reaffirmed her status as the jewel in the crown of Uzbekistan tennis."

Iroda, serving first, "began with supreme confidence, holding her serve comfortably and then breaking Bartoli with a series of stunning returns and drop shots." Iroda held again for 3-0.

Iroda had a chance for 5-1 on Marion's serve at 1-4, but then Marion fought back with her powerful two-handed forehands and backhands, and Iroda "could not sustain the intensity of her stroke-making." Marion held, broke back, and held again for 4-4.

There was a controversial line-call on Iroda's serve at 4-4 40/30, as one of Marion's shots was called wide by the linesman, giving Iroda a 5-4 lead.

"Bartoli's father, sitting in the stands, lost his cool and began shouting. He went on for a long time and the tournament supervisor had to come and warn him before he quietened. Bartoli herself had a few words with the umpire [H.J. Ochs] and then called for an injury timeout."

Iroda: "I understood because they are playing in my country, my hometown. They believe that all linesmen and women and officials were in my favour. I didn't think they were biased."

She smiled and added: "But I needed that point."

Iroda broke Marion in the next game to win the first set 6-4.


The second set followed a break-and-counterbreak pattern, with seven breaks in the ten games.

Iroda served for the match at 5-3, but was broken to love. She won the match on Marion's serve in the next game - "to the delight of an almost sellout crowd at the Tashkent Tennis Center" - and lifted her hands in the air in triumph.

"Tulyaganova raised her right arm in triumph as a Bartoli forehand sailed long to seal her win in an hour and 28 minutes. She then basked in glory in front of an adoring media at the post-match conference which seemed to go on forever. A disappointed Bartoli, meanwhile, slunk away from the Tashkent Tennis Centre, declining to talk to the pressmen."

Iroda: "I'm happy with my start, especially making my début after a long break in my home country in front of the faithful supporters."


So where is Iroda's game at right now? She's suffering from a lack of match-fitness, of course, but she overcame that against Marion "with the mental toughness that had seen her be a top 20 player two years ago."

The main thing that's gone is her serve. Her second serve in particular was weak against Marion, who punished it with some aggressive returns, and Iroda served seven double faults.

Iroda: "I practiced only for one month, and that is not enough. My serve is only 50% of what it was when I was at my peak."


In the second round, Iroda will face the winner of Antonella Serra-Zanetti and Julia Schruff, who play their first-round match today. This seems like a should-win match after taking out the top seed, but I'm not taking anything for granted as Iroda has been out for so long, and her form has been notoriously inconsistent in the past.

The most important thing is that she gets through this tournament without reinjuring her elbow - we saw with Kim Clijsters at Hasselt what can happen when you try to return from a long layoff with a serious injury. I've noticed from the photos that Iroda is wearing a tube on her right arm to protect the elbow.

Photos:
- http://www.wtatour.com/photogallery/Default.asp (select Tashkent)

Sources I used for this report:
- http://www.wtatour.com/newsroom/stories/NewsArticle_5538_rx.asp (with photo)
- http://www.rediff.com/sports/2004/oct/12ten.htm (source of most of the direct quotes in this report)
- http://asia.news.yahoo.com/041012/ap/d85ltrmg5.html

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omg :eek:

I just came back from a business trip and I'm amazed Iroda could pull off such a quality win after being out so long.

Congrats and Welcome Back Girl!!! :D :hug:
 

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Go Iroda!! Win this title and show that you deserve more than just a wildcard to your own country's tournament!! :bounce:
 

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Second round: Iroda lost to Antonella Serra Zanetti

Iroda: "I was very tired after my first-round effort. I didn't have the power like I had then. I made far too many mistakes throughout."

I really hope it is just tiredness, not reinjury, because if it's just lack of match-fitness then I'm sure a few tournaments will put that right. I'm sorry about the loss, but it's really great to have Iroda back.

I find it ironic that, having beaten a Selesian (Marion Bartoli) in the first round, Iroda lost to Antonella who is the sister of another Selesian (Adriana Serra Zanetti).


Antonella: "I didn't see her (Iroda) play in the first match, I didn't know what to expect, whether she was 100 percent fit or not. The first set was tough, she played well, but in the second, her service was weak."

As a red-blooded male, I can assure you that Iroda is 100% fit! ;) :hearts:

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