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This is a continuation from the first part of my story. When we last left Monica had beaten sarah Pitkowski 6-0-6-0 to move in to the semi finals. I ran to get my wta calendar for her to sign.but first they presented a player from each country a jacket in hopes of them going t the 2000 olympics. After that Monica started to sign autographs and I got mobbed and didn't even see her sign mine but she did. I had tickets for the Friday of the tournament in the quarterfinals. Amanda Coetzer was playing Lisa Raymond It was a tough match as a manda saved many break points and won you could tell Lisa was dissappointed. I got Amanda's autograph and she seemed very shy. Before i arrived Friday Amy Frazier was playing Nathalie dechy Dechy won and didn't even stay to sign autographs. Amy did and she smiled and talked to the fans. well that was all for 2000 as monica went on to take the title.In 2001 there was to be a press conference but it snowed sooooo hard and it was impossible to leave your house so they just released the players playing Monica Jennifer and amanda were the top names. I was happy I went to all the ball boy practices and again i was accepted. I did the first day of qualifying my first match was dawn Buth vs dally randrianteffy they went to deuce like 50 times. then I did renata Kolbovic vs Ludmila cervanova in which renata said a lot of weird things then I did wynne Prakusya vs Mashona Washingtonand then I leftAfter school on Monday I went to see some of the first round matches. I arrived Just when cara Black was playing Aniko Kapros who at the time was ranked 325 in th world Kapros went on to win. I asked for her autograph and she was soooo nice and I gave her a tuffed elephant and she said oooooh thank you very much. I also saw Dally randrianteffy and I spoke in french with her since she doesn't speak english I know because she said Je parle francais bien mais rien d anglais. she was very nice also. Then Jennifer Capriati walked out from behind a curtain talked to a tournament oifficial and ran off because someone recognized her. The next Match was to be allison Bradshaw vs Kristina Brandi but Kristina was sick and withdrew so allison played erika de lone and it was a three set match but not very exciting. After that I went behind allisons chair to get her autograoh and Then Behind me was Lisa Raymond and Renaee stubbs who were going to practice Lisa is soooo short but they both seemed really nice I finally got to allison who was very nice and erika was also nice. I left for that day and returned on thursday for yep the quartefinals again Monica seles vs Alexandra stevenson whop was startin to play well agin it was 6-3-6-4 for monica and she signed autograph's she was soooooooooooooooooo nice and I gave her a stuffed dog and she said awwww how cute I'll put him on my raquet bag and she signed my calendar smiled and Left she is taller than I thought. On friday night Jennifer played Lisa and won in an entertaining three setter Lisa seemed happier than Jennifer. after that 90% of the people left next was a doubles match between Amanda Coetzer and Lori Mc neil vs Haruka and Maiko inoue of Japan. It was a good first set but Lori and amanda won the second 6-1 Maiko and Haruka wers sooooooooooooo nice they said thanks to the ball kids and waved to the fans and everything. I was waiting to get an autograph when lori asked to see my calendar imagine my surprise I let her see it and she found amanda's picture and said here sign this for him she did. she was nice I walked around the arena some more and left not knowing that would probably be the last time i saw tennis there as i did. Monica won the tournament and wanted to return next year but she won't because the tounament has moved well I got to see danilea up close and personal she will be a great player who I may mention has the best legs I've seen from anyone Yvette basting ,Janet Lee and wynne prakusya among others . It's been a great tournament to me and has provided great memories I only hoe it will return her in a couple of years well that's my story an hoped you enjoyed it.
 

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I liked your story! It's sad that your tournament has moved!! I hope that doesn't ever happen to mine!! We get such a good field of players every year and it's during the school holidays so i don't have to miss out on school if i want to go.
 
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ditto!

what tournametn is this by the way? <img src="wink.gif" border="0">
 

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IGA Us indoors
 
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