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The 2001 Italian national championships will be held next week in Reggio Emilia. The qualifications will start on December 16th, the main draw first round will be played from Tuesday 18th, the final is scheduled for Saturday 22nd.

The entry list has been presented today and actually the field is quite poor. <img src="frown.gif" border="0">

Tathiana Garbin will be the first seed, followed by Gloria Pizzichini, Maria Paola Zavagli, Alberta Brianti, Giulia Casoni and last year's runner up Flavia Pennetta.

Besides Tathiana, all the other 4 top 100 players from Italy have skipped the event. Silvia Farina-Elia (winner last year), Rita Grande (champion for three consecutive editions from 1997 to 1999), Francesca Schiavone and Adriana Serra-Zanetti won't be there, as well as doubles specialist Roberta Vinci and former Italian champion Francesca Lubiani.

<a href="http://www.sportorum.com/it/italy/fit/assoluti2001/assoluti2001.html" target="_blank">Info (in Italian, sorry)</a>
 

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rough field <img src="frown.gif" border="0"> sad to see Silvia, Roberta, and Adriana have all skipped as I really like all 3 of them. Hopefully Flavia and Gloria perform well in their absence <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
 

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good luck Flavia <img src="wink.gif" border="0">
 

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Is Maria Elena Camerin playing? <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0"> And this is on clay right? I don't mean to be rude or anything but what's the point of playing in this tournament?
 

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I hope Maria Elena and Valentina are showing up. <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
 

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Valentina Sassi and Maria Elena Camerin are not there. <img src="frown.gif" border="0">

This is the entry list on that website:<br />Garbin T.<br />Pizzichini G.<br />Zavagli M.P.<br />Brianti A.<br />Casoni G.<br />Pennetta F.<br />Dell'Angelo L.<br />Degli Esposti R.<br />Scartoni M.<br />Murgo V.<br />Mondani G.<br />Vianello E.<br />Buchanan G.<br />Frappi F.<br />Zucchini A.<br />Stellato E.<br />Campese C.<br />Artesani A.<br />Di Lauro G.<br />Rustingnoli N.<br />Quercia F.<br />Botto A.<br />Ravano P.<br />Macheda V.<br />Errani S.

I've never heard of the last 12 before. <img src="redface.gif" border="0">

It's not clay, they play indoors on carpet ("Playturf"). I don't know if there will be any TV coverage. Considering the field... <img src="rolleyes.gif" border="0">
 

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WOW! Only Tathiana is among my favs in there! <img src="eek.gif" border="0"> Good luck to her than. <img src="wink.gif" border="0">
 

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Awww Maria Elena should play here! <img src="frown.gif" border="0"> Heehee Italian Nationals on carpet! That's interesting, I would think it would be on clay but I guess with the Aussie hardcourt season around the corner, I guess it makes sense.
 

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MAIN DRAW

1 - Tathiana GARBIN (91)<br />Monica SCARTONI (468)

Giorgia MONDANI (685)<br />Valentina MURGO ( - )

4 - Alberta BRIANTI (284)<br />Rita DEGLI ESPOSTI (441)

Giulia CASONI (285)<br />Elena VIANELLO (993)

Qualifier<br />Qualifier

Laura DELL’ANGELO (345)<br />3 - Maria Paola ZAVAGLI (263)

Qualifier<br />Flavia PENNETTA (290)

Qualifier<br />2 - Gloria PIZZICHINI (223)

If you are a top 1000, you can enter the main draw. <img src="rolleyes.gif" border="0"> <br />Very disappointing for a tournament who could have included 3 players of the top 32. <img src="frown.gif" border="0">
 

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QUALIFICATION

FIRST ROUND RESULTS

1 - Giorgia BUCHANAN bye<br />6 - Giovanna DI LAURO bt Alice BOTTO 57 62 63

2 - Francesca FRAPPI bye<br />5 - Alice ARTESANI bt Federica QUERCIA 75 75

3 - Agnese ZUCCHINI bt Paola RAVANO 62 62<br />8 - Nancy RUSTIGNOLI bt Vilma MACHEDA 75 63

4 - Cristina CAMPESE bt Sara ERRANI 64 57 62<br />Alice BALDUCCI bt 7 - Martina D’ETTORE 64 76 (7)
 

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go Giorgia Buchannan <img src="wink.gif" border="0">
 

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good luck to Flavia and Gloria...shame they're close to eachother in the draw, but hopefully one of them will come through as winner <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

Does the champion here get a shot at any wildcards to Italian WTA events?
 

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Randy,<br />I don't know, but I doubt it. It surely doesn't effect the national rankings for 2002, which have already been published. Basically, I think this event is completely useless. <img src="wink.gif" border="0">
 

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It's too bad that this event isn't used as a chance to perhaps show off a lot of the Italian players' talent. There are many solid players not here, and maybe if they'd have used this event as a way to give a wildcard out in Rome or Palermo, more would have shown up for that opportunity. Instead they have a much weaker field than what could have been, and not much benefit out of playing except for the sake of match play I guess.
 

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the thing is that all best players are resting before the start of the new season, this championship should be played in another month not just before christmas...I think that Silvia, Rita, Adriana and Francesca as well as Maria Elena, Roberta, etc have done the right choice.<br />Tax needs to play as many matches as possible to try to get in form before Australia. Good luck to her and to the young players like Brianti. A special good luck to Giulia Casoni, I hope the 2002 will see her back into the top 100, she really is a top player !!
 

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Gooooooo Tathiana!!! <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
 
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