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VWTT Proximus Diamond Games, 2002

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2002 Proximus Diamond Games

Welcome to Antwerp, Belgium, host of the third Tier II and sixth official tournament on the VWTT Tour. This week will include several of the top players on the tour, including #1 ranked player, Julia Jans, whom will try to recover from a tight loss last week in the first round of the Open Gaz de France. The #2 player in the world, Iva Majoli, will also be competing this week. Majoli arrives here in terrific form, coming off a win last week at the Open Gaz de France, and coming closing the gap between herself and Julia Jans, whom still obtains a 300+ point lead in the rankings. Players not competing this week are: #5, Jana Novotna, whom has decided to take time off from the tour to go back to school. She hopes to back within the next few months. Also out is #7 ranked Jelena Dokic with a thigh injury, as well as #18 ranked and #20 ranked, Amelie Mauresmo and Venus Williams. Both players have been having a difficult year, and it is likely that it is affecting them. Neither player gave a specific reason for not playing this week.

Schedule for Results

First Round - After 2nd Round matches complete
Quarterfinal- After Quarterfinal matches complete
Semifinals- After semifinal matches complete
Final - After the final is completed

Seeded Players

1. Julian Jans
2. Iva Majoli
3. Amanda Coetzer
4. Silvia Farina-Elia
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2002 Proximus Diamond Games

Qualifying Singles Draw

Monica Seles vs. Martina Navratilova

Mirjana Lucic vs. Justine Henin

Singles Main Draw

(1)Julia Jans vs. Mary Pierce

Lindsay Davenport vs. Gabriela Sabatini

(4)Silvia Farina-Elia vs. Anna Kournikova

Martina Hingis vs. Qualifier

Manuela Maleeva-Fragniere vs. Maggie Maleeva

(3)Amanda Coetzer vs. Chanda Rubin

Serena Williams vs. Meghann Shaughnessy

(2)Iva Majoli vs. Alexandra Stevenson

*Note: The qualifying selection this week was done by choosing the four players, out of those playing this week, who obtain the lowest ranking for this week. Rankings for this week have been tabulated, but have not yet been posted.
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2002 Proximus Diamond Games

Doubles Qualifying

Coetzer/Henin vs. Kournikova/Lucic

Doubles Main Draw

(1)Majoli/Farina-Elia vs. Pierce/Sabatini

Hingis/Maggie Maleeva vs. Qualifier

Seles/Shaughnessy vs. Rubin/Navratilova

(2)Davenport/Stevenson vs. Jans/Maleeva-Fragniere
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:eek: omg, the sisters play each other:( , good luck to both!
OMG, haven't I got a great draw this week, Number One Seed Julie Jans in the first round of singles then Number One Seeds again in the doubles, Majoli/FArina-Elia :eek: ;)
Martina N. has to play qualies :sad:

Thanks for your hard work again, Jeff :wavey:
Hopefully, Meghann will be able to beat out Serena in this week's tourney...she wants payback for last week's first round oust via a close tiebreak in the 3rd! ;)

GOOOOOO MEGHANN :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: !!!

2002 Proximus Diamond Games

Qualifying Singles (First Round)

Monica Seles def. Martina Navratilova 6-0 7-6(9-7)

Mirjana Lucic def. Justine Henin 6-0 6-3

Qualifying Singles (Final Round)

Mirjana Lucic def. Monica Seles 6-2 6-2

Congratulations, Mirjana Lucic! You have earned a spot into the main singles draw.
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The first round singles results will be posted later on tonight, Pacific time.
Lucic through

Lucic Through

Mirjana Lucic of Croatia is finally through to a singles main draw. Lucic is in the main draw of Antwerp after defeating Seles in the final round of qualifying, and Justine Henin, the countries hope, in the first round. Lucic has never won a game on the VWTT but stormed through today pretty easily. Lucic finally through and very happy. " It feels great to finally win a match, and then I won another one over a great opponet and I am pleased to be in the main draw. This tournament is great I love it very much and I hope I can play very well later on like I did today. I'm so pleased with the way I played, I feel like I can compete with the top players now, it a shock, thank you" The Croation is scheduled to play her first round in the main draw later on and good luck to Lucic

Lucic in ready position in her final qualifying match vs Seles, Lucic won 6/2 6/2
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2002 Proximus Diamond Games

Singles (First Round)

(1)Julia Jans def. Mary Pierce 6-0 6-0

Gabriela Sabatini def. Lindsay Davenport 7-6(4) 6-2

Anna Kournikova def. (4)Silvia Farina-Elia 6-0 6-0 :eek:

(Q)Mirjana Lucic def. Martina Hingis 6-1 6-0

Maggie Maleeva def. Manuela Maleeva-Fragniere 6-0 6-3

Chanda Rubin def. (3)Amanda Coetzer 6-0 6-0 :eek:

Meghann Shaughnessy def. Serena Williams 0-6 6-3 7-6 (8-6)

(2)Iva Majoli def. Alexandra Stevenson 6-1 6-0
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After shocking many with dismal first-round losses in singles and doubles at Paris, Julia Jans showed why she is no.1 with a 6-0 6-0 win over Mary Pierce in first-round Antwerp action. Jans' 400+ point lead after her wins at the Australian Open and Tokyo has now diminished to about 200pts. Looking to increase her lead at the top of the standings, Jans hopes to do well here. SHe will face Gabriela Sabatini in the second round. No.2 seed Iva Majoli won her match easily as well, being a 6-1 6-0 winner of Alexandra Stevenson. Majoli won the singles and was a doubles finalist last week in Antwerp. She will next face Meghann Shaughnessy.

GO JULIA!!!!! :D
Lucic defeats Hingis!

Mirjana Lucic of Croatia finally won matches. She got through the qualifying and defeated Martina Hingis, a very talented swiss player, in the first round. Lucic barely had any difficulties getting to the second round. Henin, Seles, and Hingis have been victims of Lucic this past week. Lucic has yet to lose a set. " Oh my god I cannot tell you how it feels to play on a big court and not some small qualifying court. I am finally through in the main draw and I am so happy I defeated Martina. she is beyond GREAT, and I go through with little trouble so I feel I am playing very well!"
Lucic returns a Foreahand furing her defeat of Martina Hingis.
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Shaughnessy edges out Williams in 3rd set tiebreak!

After a tight loss to Serena Williams in the first round of the Open Gaz de France last week, Meghann Shaughnessy was less than pleased to see she was scheduled for another 1r clash with the fashionable diva of tennis. And after a 0-6 drubbing in the first set, it looked like she wasn't going to be able to reverse last week's result. But, determined as ever, she began the second set with fire in her heart and an unbreakable nerve, as she evened the score with Serena taking the second set 6-3. In another nailbiting third set, the two ended up in a familiar situation - a tiebreaker. Whereas Serena probably confidently recalled the prior week's result, it was apparent that Meghann had left the past behind and, with her usual restrained furor, slammed a forehand past Serena on match point, winning 0-6, 6-3, 7-6 (8-6).

Meghann Shaughnessy hitting a match-point winner vs. Serena Williams
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2002 Proximus Diamond Games

Singles (Quarterfinals)

(1)Julia Jans def. Gabriela Sabatini 6-7(8-10) 6-3 6-1

Anna Kournikova def. (Q)Mirjana Lucic 6-3 6-0

Chanda Rubin def. Maggie Maleeva 6-4 6-0

Meghann Shaughnessy def. (2)Iva Majoli 6-3 6-0 :eek:
2002 Proximus Diamond Games

Doubles Qualifying Results

Kournikova/Lucic def. Coetzer/Henin 6-3 6-1

Congratulations to Anna Kournikova and Mirjana Lucic! You two have earned a spot into the main doubles draw.
Majoli upset; Shaughnessy through to first semifinal.

As the semi-finals of the VWTT Proximus Diamond Games rolls around, only one seeded player -- No. 1 Julia Jans -- remains in the draw. In quarterfinal action Jans struggled against Gabriela Sabatini in the first set of the match, but refound her form and rolled in the next two, advancing 6-7 (8-10), 6-3, 6-1. Jans will meet Russian starlet Anna Kournikova who ended the meteoric streak of Mirjana Lucic, who had not won a tour match prior to her three match streak here, 6-3, 6-0.
In the opposite half of the draw, Meghann Shaughnessy reached her first tour semi-final by knocking out No. 2 seed Iva Majoli. Building off the confidence her win over Serena Williams, Shaughnessy looked brutal in her 6-3, 6-0 triumph over the winner of the tour's last event. The American will meet compatriot Chanda Rubin -- a 6-4, 6-0 winner over Maggie Maleeva -- to decide which non-seed will make the final.

Shaughnessy celebrates her win over No. 2 seed Majoli.
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2002 Proximus Diamond Games

Doubles (First Round)

Pierce/Sabatini def. (1)Majoli/Farina-Elia 6-3 6-0

(Q)Kournikova/Lucic def. Hingis/Maggie Maleeva 6-2 6-0

Seles/Shaughnessy def. Rubin/Navratilova 7-6(0) 1-6 6-1

Jans/Maleeva-Fragniere def. (2)Davenport/Stevenson 6-3 6-0
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