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Anyone post the scores? I remember last year there was a website for this but I can't find it this year

All I got was this http://www.wellingtontennis.org.nz/

but there was a better site last year that gave match reports

Play in qualifying started today.

Su Wei Hsieh was a qualifier last year and ended up winning the event, her first ITF tournament.

Shelley Stephens will be back to defend her finalist points. I caught a glimpse of her playing in the Australian Open this year, her first Grand Slam match. She played ok, nothing impressive though.

Sarah Stone should be there, it was her best result last year, reaching the quarter finals. Helped her a lot to bring her ranking up the 400 places it rose last year from 1236 to 836.

There should be a few more Aussies here this year. If anyone can post scores as soon as you see them I would be appreciative of this.
 

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defending finalist points ....

Shelley should be playing 25K events and one win there is enough to defend 10K final pts

good luck to Shelley though ;)
 

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At least kristen van elden had the sense to withdraw, can't believe she was on the initial entry list
 

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Glad to hear it too Ausboy! I hope she cuts down on the 10K events this year! Any other news on potential Aussie players?
 

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MAINDRAW

1-Shelley Stephens (NZL) vs Donna McIntyre (AUS)
WC-Mackere Bradnam (NZL) vs Hiromi Okazaki (JPN)
Diana Gherghi (ROM) vs Q-Ana Corbett (NZL)
Adrianna Szili (AUS) vs 6-Keiko Tameishi (JPN)

4-Tracey O'Connor (NZL) vs Hadas Zabusky (AUS)
Tiffany Welford (AUS) vs Q-Julie Ann Welford (AUS)
Svenja Weidemann (GER) vs Q-Lauren Breadmore (AUS)
Q-Lucy Johnson (NZL) vs 8-Madita Suer (GER)

7-Chia-Jung Chuang (TPE) vs Sarah Stone (AUS)
Q-Darya Ivanov (AUS) vs Hsiao-Han Chao (TPE)
Q-Kanako Yano (JPN)
vs Sabrina Corazza (SUI)
WC-Eden Marama (NZL) vs 3-Ilke Gers (NZL)

5-Nicole Kriz (AUS) vs WC-Jennifer Poskitt (NZL)
Lauren Cheung (AUS) vs Q-Natalie O'Rourke (NZL)
Cassandra Barr (AUS) vs Q-Angie Wilkinson (NZL)
Chin-Wei Chan (TPE) vs 2-Rochelle Rosenfield (AUS)
 

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drat :( 2 faves play round 1 :(

anyway, good luck here to Ilke Gers and Eden Marama, hope the winner goes on an amazing run and wins the title ;)
 

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Eden's a 14 year old junior (turning 15 soon), she's currently New Zealand's top ranked junior in the ITF rankings thanks to a couple of good G3 results making finals which helped, though she's yet to really breakthrough with anything on the higher junior level scale. She's still young though, so still some time to gain more experience :)

She's a right hander, double handed backhand, and she's 5'10" tall so I think physically she already has a good start aswell...Plus she likes basketball and Internet just like me, so she can't be all that bad ;)
 

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Cool thanks,

Hopefully she can develop into a top player as New Zealand needs more of a role model than Shelley Stephens, who unfortunately doesn't quite have the game to get much higher.
 

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Yeah, it's too bad the girls in New Zealand don't fair better, I guess they just don't get a whole lot of funding over there.

Eden trains in France a lot as one of Bob Brett's "elite team" members (though he's not her coach). He works with a few ATP players but nobody that big, though he does work with several higher ranked juniors including Gilles Muller who was the year end Boys' Singles #1, so I think that's a good sign for her. She can also serve and volley, though i reckon she's still got lots of room for improvement in that category since she's still really young.
 

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thanx for draw danker


good luck

Shelley Stephens ;)
Rochelle Rosenfield :)
Adriana Szili :)
Tiffany Welford :) Nicole Kriz :)
Natalie O''Rourke


ouch, its battle of the sisters

Tiffany Welford v her younger sis Julie Ann :eek:
 

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I was glad to see all 3 aussies qualify!

The draw is actually pretty kind to most of the aussies.

I'll be disappointed if Szili, Rochelle, Tiffany Welford, Lauren Breadmore, Nicole Kriz, Cassandara Barr and Lauren Cheung don't all win!

Feel sorry for Julie-Ann drawing her sister after she qualified so well.

Really hope Sarah can cause an upset, she's defending Q/F points from last year which she can't afford to lose. She's got a tough draw, I'm hoping the fact she has more experience than her opponent might in her favour, especially if its windy like last year.

Donna bummed out, hopefully she can pull off the biggest win of her career, u never know, she has the game to beat Shelley! After what I saw from Shelley I think this will be reasonably close, probably 6-3 6-4 to Shelley. Donna's not a bad player.

Don't know anything about Hsiao-Han Chao, but hopefully she's a walk in the park for Darya hehe :)
 

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Randy - cheers for the info about Eden, always good to know SOMETHING about these girls. Hope she does well. Best of luck to:

Keiko Tameishi (though I'll be stunned if she wins a game)
Chia-Jung Chuang
Darya Ivanov
Eden Marama
 

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Here is the website, its up and running

http://www.wellingtontennis.org.nz/allfieldsnews.html


Tennis News FotopressTough Round One For Stephens
29/01/2002 06:08 PM Dave Worsley

Top seeded kiwi Shelley Stephens faces a tough opponent first up in the
opening round of the Allfield Apartments ITF Tennis International starting Wednesday 29 January.

Stephens plays Australian Donna McIntyre in the first round of the
US$10,000 tournament. McIntyre has a current WTA singles ranking of 799
compared to Stephens 280 but knows the New Zealanders play well having
teamed with her last year to win the doubles at the Wellington event.

Stephens,21 was a beaten finalist in the singles last year but then
followed that result by improving both her singles and doubles rankings to
career highs and playing positive tennis, including a grand slam appearance
for the very first time, last week at the Australian Open.

The Aucklander will be hoping to be the first New Zealander to win the
title and the first local woman to win a professional title in this country
ever.

The other feature singles match will see 15 year old former Wellingtonian
Eden Marama play New Zealand Federation Cup representative Ilke Gers of
Auckland.

Marama now based in Paris showed plenty of potential in the Wellington Open
over the weekend before going down to Tracey O'Connor in the quarterfinals.

Gers, 20 was a semifinalist at the tournament last year and has a WTA
ranking of 403 which peaked inside the top 400 in 2001. Against Marama she
will have to be on her guard as the 15 year old is highly rated and has
been putting in plenty of time on the practice courts with her coach and
hitting partners.

Matches start from midday at the Renouf Centre with the finals to be played
Sunday 3 February.
 

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Good luck to Chia-Jung and Chin-Wei!!!!
 

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First round singles update - completed resutls

Tiffany Welford(AUS) bt Julianne Welford(AUS) 6/0 6/0
Svenja Weidemann(GER) bt Lauren Breadmore(AUS) 6/1 6/3
8 Madita Suer(GER) bt Lucy Johnson(NZL) 6/1 6/2
5 Nicole Kriz(AUS) bt Jennifer Poskitt(NZL) 6/2 6/1

Damn I thought Breadmore would win that match, obviously she doesn't have quite enough experience.

Poor Julianne, big sister thrashed her as expected

Well done Nicole, easy win as expected
 

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Go Adriana! You have the talent, now use it and win here!

Also good luck to the other Aussies, mainly Rochelle :)

Lauren gave Kristen Van Elden a bit of a tussle in the final of the Victorian Grasscourt Championships in Geelong last month, a pity she lost so easily here...

Well Tiffany Welford sure didnt show no mercy on her 14 year old sis! ;)

It says Shelley played Aus Open last week...was it doubles, cos I dont remember seeing her name at qualies.
 
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