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<H2 align=center><IMG SRC="http://www.tennisaustralia.com.au/TennisAu/tennisau.nsf/0/de695513f88dc937ca256ab8004aa041/Body/0.FE?OpenElement&FieldElemFormat=jpg" align="center" width=73 height=130><br /><font color=yellow><font face="helvetica"><br />Thalgo Australian Women's Hardcourt</H2><H5 align=center>(Dec. 30 - Jan. 5, 2002)</H5>

Welcome to Gold Cost, Australia: host of the Tier III, $170,000 Thalgo Australian Women's Hardcourt tournament. The Thalgo Australian is the first tournament on the VWTT calendar. Top players from all over the world have travelled to Gold Coast to make their presence on the tour and are all vying for the best ranking, going into the Australian Open, which is quickly approaching: only 2 1/2 weeks away. Being that this is a new tour, all players are starting from scratch, and will have to work their way up to the top and prove themselves all over again. Will Venus Williams, Lindsay Davenport and Martina Hingis be vowed the Queens of the tour or will up-and-comers Jelena Dokic and Kim Clijsters or past players like Jana Novotna take over the thrown? These questions will all start to unravel this week, as the VWTT season has has now began. Get ready to roll: it's game, set, match time! Enjoy your stay at Gold Coast, and good luck to all players participating!

<br /><IMG SRC="http://www.xtreme.com.au/about/gold-coast.jpg" align=left>If you like sun, surf and sand, unpolluted air and a relaxed lifestyle, with heaps of Tourist attractions thrown in, then you'll love the Gold Coast of Australia.

<br />The Gold Coast can boast an average of 245 days of fine weather each year and daytime temperatures above 22 degrees for 279 days a year. Yes! This is truly the Sunshine State. The Gold Coast is located on the Eastern seaboard of Australia just 80km south of the City of Brisbane.

<br /><IMG SRC="http://www.royalpines.com.au/images/tennis.jpg" align=left width=180 height=195>Players will stay at the Royal Pines Resort, which will be the stage for the tournament.

<br /><h3>Some of the players competing<br /><IMG SRC="http://images.tvnz.co.nz/sport/tennis/hingis_martina_forehand.jpg" alt="Martina Hingis" width=100 height=100><IMG SRC="http://www.myhero.com/images/sports/williams/williams.jpg" width=94 height=100 alt="Venus Williams"><IMG SRC="http://www.serbia-info.com/g3/images/dokicreturnstohingisusopen0209jpg.jpg" width=72 height=100 alt="Jelena Dokic"><IMG SRC="http://www.sports.com/it/images/tennis/davenporthaven.jpg" width=83 height=100 alt="Lindsay Davenport"><br /></h3>

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<H2 Align=center><font color="Yellow">2002 Thalgo Australian Women's Hardcourt Singles Draw </H2></font>

<Font Color="ffffff"><U>*Qualifying</U>

Serena Williams vs. Monica Seles<br />Anna Kournikova vs. Jelena Dokic<br />Martina Navratilova vs. Kim Clijsters<br />Chanda Rubin vs. Maggie Maleeva

<U>Main Draw (First Round)</U>

Lindsay Davenport vs. Jana Novotna<br />Manuela Maleeva-Fragniere vs. Alexandra Stevenson<br />Rachel McQuillan vs. Qualifier 1<br />Mary Pierce vs. Julia Jans

Iva Majoli vs. Martina Hingis<br />Venus Williams vs. Qualifier 2<br />Gabriela Sabatini vs. Siliva Farina-Elia<br />Meghann Shaughnessy vs. Justine Henin</font>

*Note: Qualifiers and the Main Draw were randomly drawn. 1st Round Results will be posted after all 1st round matches at the Thalgo Australian have been played.<br /><font color="yellow">

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Cool thread! <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0">

Way to go, Rachel McQuillan <img src="wink.gif" border="0">
 

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<H2 align=center><font color="yellow">Doubles Draw</H2></font>

<U>Qualifying</U>

Jelena Dokic/Manuela Maleeva-Fragniere vs. Jana Novotna/Justine Henin

<U>Main Draw (First Round)</U>

Martina Hingis/Maggie Maleeva vs. Chanda Rubin/Martina Navratilova<br />Mary Pierce/Gabriela Sabatini vs. Qualifier

Rachel McQuillan/Julia Jans vs. Monica Seles/Meghann Shaughnessy<br />Venus Williams/Serena Williams vs. Lindsay Davenport/Alexandra Stevenson<br /><font color="yellow">
 

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serena has to play qualies <img src="graemlins/sad.gif" border="0" alt="[Sad]" />
 

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Venus is playing a qualifier.... please, let it not be Serena! <img src="eek.gif" border="0">
 

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serena hopes to as well! <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
 

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Hehe, Yeah I know, sucky deal for Venus and Serena, eh? But it was the luck...or actually unluck of the draw. <img src="redface.gif" border="0">
 

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Oh, wait! Venus will play Qualifier #2, which will be the winner of the lower half of qualifying, so you guys can cheer up now <img src="wink.gif" border="0">
 

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That's great <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0">
 

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that's great!
 

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Just to let everyone know, first round singles and doubles results will be posted Tuesday afternoon.

*Also, because Venus and Justine had a bye in the first round, only the unseeded players you chose for your team will be used in deciding round 1. In case of a tiebreaker, I will do a coin toss. This will only be for round one.
 

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<H2 align=center><font color="yellow">Qualifying Results</H2></font>

<U>Singles Qualifying</U> (Rnd 1)

Serena Williams def. Monica Seles 7-6(3) 6-1<br />Jelena Dokic def. Anna Kournikova (Walk-Over)<br />Martina Navratilova def. Kim Clijsters (Walk-Over)<br />Maggie Maleeva def. Chanda Rubin 6-1 0-6 7-6(4)

<U>Singles Qualifying</U> (Rnd 2)

Jelena Dokic def. Serena Williams 7-6(2) 6-0<br />Martina Navratilova def. Maggie Maleeva 7-6(10-8) 6-0

<br /><U>Doubles Qualifying</U>

Jelena Dokic/Manuela Maleeva-Fragniere def. Jana Novotna/Justine Henin 6-4 6-0

<font color=Orange>*Congratulations to Singles Jelena Dokic and Martina Navratilova, and to the doubles team of Jelena Dokic/Manuela Maleeva-Fragniere. You have secured your positions into the main draw <img src="smile.gif" border="0"> </font>

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<H2 align=center><Font color="yellow">2002 Thalgo Australian Women's Hardcourt</H2></font>

<U>Singles</U> (First Round)

Lindsay Davenport def. Jana Novotna 6-4 6-3<br />Alexandra Stevenson def. Manuela Maleeva-Fragniere 1-6 6-4 7-6(2)<br />Jelena Dokic def. Rachel McQuillan 6-0 6-0<br />Mary Pierce def. Julia Jans 6-0 6-2

Iva Majoli def. Martina Hingis 6-0 6-0 <img src="eek.gif" border="0"> <br />Martina Navratilova def. Venus Williams 6-7(5) 6-0 7-6(5)<br />Gabriela Sabatini def. Silvia Farina-Elia 6-7(8-6) 6-0 6-2<br />Meghann Shaughnessy def. Justine Henin 7-6(3) 7-6(5)

<br /><Font color=Red>*Quarterfinal Round Results will be posted after 2nd Round matches have been completed at the Thalgo Australian.</font>

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Woo-hoo!!!!! <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0">

Martina is in the maindraw!!!! <img src="eek.gif" border="0">
 

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Why Rachel McQuillan got double bagels? <img src="confused.gif" border="0"> My team some into R2 and QF.
 

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Wow! <img src="eek.gif" border="0"> <img src="eek.gif" border="0"> <img src="eek.gif" border="0">

Martina even won the first round!

After the results in the real tourney, she didn´t expect it at all. <img src="eek.gif" border="0">
 
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