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Leo7
01-12-2003, 05:54 AM
:wavey: Hey Jem and Lee.

ferrerogrrl
01-12-2003, 05:59 AM
Hi Jem! Welcome to the forum :)

Lee
01-12-2003, 06:01 AM
Hi Maly! Don't know you're still here! :wavey:

ferrerogrrl
01-12-2003, 06:02 AM
Originally posted by Leo7
i am only disappointed with Juanqui's results b/c i know he is too. Ferrero puts tons of pressure on himself to achieve his goals and i know that he must not be content with himself when he doesn't reach those goals.

I feel the same way, Leo. I think Juanqui is one of the players that takes losses harder than others. Safin sure is good at shrugging it off.

Leo7
01-12-2003, 06:02 AM
Originally posted by Vera

But then, he's not the give up type, that's for sure. And he can improve without seeing a shrink, IMO. In fact, he's improving, I think he gained strength after the humiliating lost in RG. And TMC loss seems to leave no bitter taste either. So I want to believe he's improving, learning, maturing.

honestly, i don't really think he's improved in that department. it seems he's struggled to close out matches throughout his career. he has lost some close finals long in the past (i.e. Hamburg '01) and is still doing it today. i don't see what's wrong about Juan Carlos going to see a sports shrink. it really can't hurt and maybe will help him have more confidence when the pressure is on, in tight situations.

Chloe le Bopper
01-12-2003, 06:03 AM
Welcome Jem :wavey:

ferrerogrrl
01-12-2003, 06:06 AM
Hi, Lee and Leo! :wavey: Yep, still here, just lurking is all :D Love everybody's analyses today. Fans do resemble the players they like: we take his losses as hard as Juanqui!

Ok, tomorrow is Sunday for me here in SoCal but that means it is monday in Oz? Wish Juanqui weren't playing on the first day. . :(

Leo7
01-12-2003, 06:07 AM
Originally posted by ferrerogrrl
I feel the same way, Leo. I think Juanqui is one of the players that takes losses harder than others. Safin sure is good at shrugging it off.

yeah, it seems like Marat takes it less seriously than Juanqui - which can be a blessing and a curse at the same time.

Lee
01-12-2003, 06:08 AM
It getting busier and busier here but I'll call it a day! :wavey:

I guess I have to wait for tomorrow for my next level of dorkdom!

Goodnight JEM, Leo, Maly and Becca!

ferrerogrrl
01-12-2003, 06:09 AM
Remember how I was asking if JCF ever had a twohanded forehand a few days ago? It was because someone on another forum was asking me and I couldn't figure out why. :confused: Then someone pointed out that my Ferrero avatar pick was probably reversed . .turning his two-handed backhand to a twohanded forehand ! heehee, I am a silly git :D

Leo7
01-12-2003, 06:09 AM
Originally posted by ferrerogrrl
Hi, Lee and Leo! :wavey: Yep, still here, just lurking is all :D Love everybody's analyses today. Fans do resemble the players they like: we take his losses as hard as Juanqui!

Ok, tomorrow is Sunday for me here in SoCal but that means it is monday in Oz? Wish Juanqui weren't playing on the first day. . :(

:wavey: Maly!

talking about and analyzing Ferrero's losses actually helps me get over it and move on. i feel much better now that we have discussed this. :)

Leo7
01-12-2003, 06:15 AM
goodnight Lee! :wavey:

Chloe le Bopper
01-12-2003, 06:35 AM
Goodnight whoever is left :kiss:

Leo7
01-12-2003, 06:37 AM
i'm gonna call it a night also. :wavey:

ferrerogrrl
01-12-2003, 06:47 AM
night all :)

vaiva
01-12-2003, 02:11 PM
Hi all :wavey:

I think I am alone here today.

How is everybody? Hearts mended and ready to beat for JC tonight?

I have so many favourites playing on day 1 that I'll probably be staying up long ;) Working and watching the scoreboad, changing tapes in my VCR

vaiva
01-12-2003, 02:42 PM
Here's my cheering wave for the players I support (courtesy of the link Lee posted in another thread :)):

http://www.stopstart.freeserve.co.uk/smilie/MexWave.gif http://www.stopstart.freeserve.co.uk/smilie/MexWave.gif http://www.stopstart.freeserve.co.uk/smilie/MexWave.gif

Leo7
01-12-2003, 03:31 PM
lol zosse. i hope all your faves win now. :) :bounce:

Leo7
01-12-2003, 03:33 PM
pretty quiet today.. :eek:

vaiva
01-12-2003, 03:40 PM
Hi Leo7 :wavey:

It's really quiet. Maybe everybody is saving their energies?

Who you will be cheering for tonigh? Maybe we can join our forces and good vibes? Who knows, maybe that will help some players ;)

Leo7
01-12-2003, 04:18 PM
well along with Juanqui, i would really like to see Lindsay, Carlos, Lisa, and Dinara Safina win! :bounce: :bounce:

Vera
01-12-2003, 06:22 PM
Originally posted by Leo7
i don't get why he collapsed like that after missing the forehand. it seems totally uncharacteristic for Juanqui. he should immediately refocus and shake it off, but he obviously didn't do that. sorry for all the negativity. it's just one of those days.

congrats to Guga tho. :)

Sometimes, I wish I know what went thru his mind. I mean, with Safin, it's obvious and understandable, with Juanqui, it's hard to comprehend.

Vera
01-12-2003, 06:23 PM
Originally posted by strawberriestardust
haha...just call me JEM

Hi JEM :wavey:

Vera
01-12-2003, 06:38 PM
Originally posted by Leo7
i am only disappointed with Juanqui's results b/c i know he is too. Ferrero puts tons of pressure on himself to achieve his goals and i know that he must not be content with himself when he doesn't reach those goals.

I guess you are right. We were debating whether there's pressure on him. I think most of the tennis world have some kind of expectation on him but not much. But then, I think there's a lot of pressure from the Spanish ppl. You know, when he first came on board, the spanishs already talked about him being the best spanish player ever, that's load of pressure (when you think about it, Carlos had a slam and got to no.1, Sergei had 2 French titles, and there's that older guy who I forgot his name won Wimby...). Spain, with the soccer passion, also seems to focus on their tennis players a lot. I remembered when Sergei won his first French, he's about 21,22. And from what I've read, it's such a redemption for him since he was constantly beaten by the spanish press for not achieving his potential until French (while we hardly heard of him before he won French).

So for Juanqui, they just expect a lot from him since when he's around 20. And I do agree that he put a lot of pressure on himself too. Among Hewitt, Safin, Roger and Juanqui, he seems to be the most serious one (Hewitt the most intense). And Safin and Hewitt already won slams and Roger is a year younger and just win his first TMS. What I mean, he probably feel it's his turn and he better capitalized that.

Vera
01-12-2003, 06:40 PM
Originally posted by Leo7
honestly, i don't really think he's improved in that department. it seems he's struggled to close out matches throughout his career. he has lost some close finals long in the past (i.e. Hamburg '01) and is still doing it today. i don't see what's wrong about Juan Carlos going to see a sports shrink. it really can't hurt and maybe will help him have more confidence when the pressure is on, in tight situations.

Nothing wrong with seeing a shrink. I just don't think he would and if that's the case, I still believe he can improve. But if he does go to see a shrink, I think that's a good thing.

liS@
01-12-2003, 06:47 PM
Originally posted by ferrerogrrl
Remember how I was asking if JCF ever had a twohanded forehand a few days ago? It was because someone on another forum was asking me and I couldn't figure out why. :confused: Then someone pointed out that my Ferrero avatar pick was probably reversed . .turning his two-handed backhand to a twohanded forehand ! heehee, I am a silly git :D

but didn't he use to play w/ two hands on both sides?? i remember Cliff Drysdale mentioning that during the finals in Shanghai...

Vera
01-12-2003, 06:49 PM
Originally posted by zosse
Hi all :wavey:
How is everybody? Hearts mended and ready to beat for JC tonight?


Hi Zosse :wavey:

Hope all your fave wins too. I don't know who's playing besides Juanqui. But I hope all my faves win too.

Just read Bob Larson. Juanqui has redeemed the benefit of losing his match in Sydney...See, it's an instant writeoff by Larson, so no pressure on him :rolleyes:

(4) Juan Carlos Ferrero. Has the game, but he's turned inconsistent lately. Can the guy who lost Sydney to Hyung-Taik Lee really win at Melbourne?

Okay, I think my heart's not completely mended and I'm still bitter. And I claimed yesterday that I was over it :rolleyes:.

Oh well, the only cure is that Juanqui does the unexpected and win this damn thing :D. No pressure!!!

Good luck, baby :kiss:.

Vera
01-12-2003, 06:52 PM
Originally posted by strawberriestardust
but didn't he use to play w/ two hands on both sides?? i remember Cliff Drysdale mentioning that during the finals in Shanghai...

That's when he was a kid and was lighter than the racket (not literally:p ).

Chloe le Bopper
01-12-2003, 06:54 PM
So if Juan Carlos is third up, what time roughly will that be - either aussie time or eastern time would do ;)

Hopefully I'll be in bed.

Vera
01-12-2003, 06:58 PM
Hi Becca. I figure it's right about the same thing when there's coverage on TSN, that's 8 pm PST for me. His match is third on his court and AA's match is third on his. There's no coincident that they have that time for coverage.

So you really aren't watching? I think I'll just have to endure the Andre match, hopefully, it's either a blowout so they are so bored and decided to show something else, or it's AA got beaten and losing so they have to stick with it, then I dont mind watching.

Vera
01-12-2003, 07:08 PM
I'm off now.

Have a good day, guys :wavey:.

Leo7
01-12-2003, 07:41 PM
Originally posted by Vera
Hi Becca. I figure it's right about the same thing when there's coverage on TSN, that's 8 pm PST for me. His match is third on his court and AA's match is third on his. There's no coincident that they have that time for coverage.

So you really aren't watching? I think I'll just have to endure the Andre match, hopefully, it's either a blowout so they are so bored and decided to show something else, or it's AA got beaten and losing so they have to stick with it, then I dont mind watching.

lol, i wouldn't mind watching Andre lose either. Vahaly almost upset Blake in the US Open, maybe he can surprise everyone here by beating Andre... nah. but we can always hope. :D it's doubtful that ESPN will show any of Juanqui's match anyway. :rolleyes:

Leo7
01-12-2003, 07:43 PM
Originally posted by Vera

(4) Juan Carlos Ferrero. Has the game, but he's turned inconsistent lately. Can the guy who lost Sydney to Hyung-Taik Lee really win at Melbourne?

inconsistent recently? Bob Larson has no idea what he's talking about; Juan Carlos has become much more consistent in the past year. but he does pose a good question..

Leo7
01-12-2003, 07:44 PM
nobody here? :confused: :(

TennisHack
01-12-2003, 08:34 PM
:wavey: Hallo, thread!

It's so nice to be back to my wonderful, free, faster ethernet chord. I see lots of posts to read, so I'll get right to it :)

TennisHack
01-12-2003, 08:39 PM
Originally posted by zosse
Oh Becca, Hackie was mad at Marat and said she would never forgive him if JC had to play on the 1st day. So if that would help, spill all the negativity on Marat. I think I can handle it, if it just makes you feel better ;)

Things will be fine.

Oh, I still AM angry with Marat -- what did I say? Juanqui would have to play on Monday if Marat got his wish for a late start. And look what happened :fiery:

It shoulda been Jarkko. GRRRRRRRRRRRRR.

TennisHack
01-12-2003, 08:46 PM
Originally posted by Lee
Just take a peep at AO's Monday schedule and all of TH's fav. are playing.

GO:

Juanqui
Michel
Jarkko
Mario Ancic (smack me if I'm wrong about this one)

And doesn't look like Juanqui will have much air time cos AA will be playing at about the same time at Rod Laver.

I'm going to be a walking heart attack tonight because Michel is up first, 10 am on Court 8. I will have started my ritual of having the scoreboard open at all times, LOL -- and I'll probably still be replying to posts here :eek: Like six or eight pages worth -- boy you guys were chatty in my absence! ;) Guess I'm not the glue of this place after all :D

TennisHack
01-12-2003, 08:51 PM
Originally posted by zosse
[BHe was coming to the net quite often. Not with too much success, I must say. Lee hit too many passing shots and won many points when JC was at the net. Does that ring any bell?[/B]

THIS is exactly what I feared was happening. After I calmed down enough to think about it, I feared that he would be overdoing the net game and not relying on his strengths to win the match. I am shocked that he didn't go back to his usual baseline game after losing the second set at the net.

But then, if his forehand was missing, perhaps I can't blame him. :(

And I'm not surprised that he was very down afterwards (kinda makes me feel better to know I wasn't feeling too far from him). He is very intense. Sometimes I wonder if its more of a detriment than a help. I guess we'll see, won't we?

I have no idea about his conditioning -- I thought it was good? :confused:

Leo7
01-12-2003, 08:52 PM
:wavey: Hackie. welcome back to atpworld. we missed you for a day. :(

so have you checked your mail yet? the Ferrero/Agassi tape should be there, i hope.

Leo7
01-12-2003, 08:57 PM
Originally posted by TennisHack
I have no idea about his conditioning -- I thought it was good? :confused:

i think his conditioning is fine. after the final Juan Carlos said he was in good shape and would be ready for the Aussie Open. :) i'm not concerned that he has to play on the opening day.

ILR
01-12-2003, 09:00 PM
:wavey:

just popped in quickly before I go to bed.I have been to see my Canadian relatives today who fly back home tomorrow and so spent the day with them and other family.:) I dont know if I mentioned this before,but my cousin was killed in a car crash a few eeks ago and I saw my auntie and we all recieved a photo of my cousin and a lock of her hair.She was 17:( I miss her.:sad:

Anyhow,just a happy birthday to Layla for tomorrow and roll on the AO!

goodnight :wavey:

TennisHack
01-12-2003, 09:01 PM
Originally posted by Layla
So given the mediocre level of tennis he played from the start, Juanqui actually did well to stay in it for as long as he did, because Lee played very well indeed. It only shows his MENTAL STRENGTH really, the fact that he managed to win the first set and that he even earned himself a matchpoint at all. He didn't give up, he just continued fighting like a lion even though he knew he was playing badly. I admire him for that.

I won't quote the whole thing, but thank you very, very much for this match report, Layla. It makes me feel better to know what actually happened in the match and what was the cause of this loss.

I agree with you 110% and am very, very relieved that his mental strength kept him in the match. As he said afterwards, he didn't lose the match -- he forced 2 tiebreak sets and I remember all those set points he saved.


At 6-5 he actually set up a match point, though not on his serve. And he nearly made it. That cross-court FH would have been a winner but he just missed it and it clipped the net. It's not like he hit the middle or bottom of the net like that article suggests. He really didn't miss by much. And THAT crushed him. He collapsed on the floor and just sat there for a while.

I was gathering pictures for my site this afternoon and saw this one. It broke my heart all over again, especially since the caption didn't say when it was. Now I understand.

As for losing to a qualifier, it's pride I think. I was actually embarrassed for him, even though I've said it myself -- qualifiers are not automatic, easy wins.

TennisHack
01-12-2003, 09:11 PM
Originally posted by Leo7
Clijsters Wins Sydney tennis Title
January 11, 2003

SYDNEY (Ticker) - Showing she is a top contender for next week's Australian Open, second-seeded Kim Clijsters beat No. 6 Lindsay Davenport in straight sets to win the adidas International on Saturday.

Clijsters dispatched Davenport, 6-4, 6-3, to claim her 11th career title. She has won 19 of her last 20 matches dating to a semifinal loss to Anastasia Myskina at Leipzig in September. Since that defeat, Clijsters won at Filderstadt, Luxembourg, the year-ending event in Los Angeles and here.

The 19-year-old Belgian hopes she can continue her momentum into next week, when the season's first Grand Slam begins. As the fourth seed, she takes on American Samantha Reeves in the first round.

"It's always nice, it can't go any better," said Clijsters, who earned $93,000. "It's always tough to focus back on that first match (at the next tournament) because you're probably still on a roll from playing quarters, semis and then all of a sudden it starts all over again. You don't really get a lot of time to enjoy (the win) before such a big tournament."

Davenport, the 1999 winner who was playing her sixth final in her last eight appearances in Sydney, lost to Clijsters for only the fourth time in 10 encounters.

"(Clijsters) is a lot more consistent and a lot more confident, and a lot of times in this game, confidence is kind of what you need to get you over the hump of being a semifinalist or quarterfinals to being winner," the American said. "You could just tell, the way she plays now. Break point down or the big points, she's so confident in her shots, and you can really tell it in the shots she comes up with. She's always been very talented and very athletic. I think now she's very consistent and confident."

A year to the day on Saturday, Davenport underwent arthroscopic knee surgery. She spent nine weeks on crutches and underwent intensive rehabilitation before returning to action in mid-July 2002. The 26-year-old American is 28-10 since her return, reaching five finals without winning a title.

"I felt like this is the week I needed, a lot of matches," said Davenport, who was looking to win her 38th title. "I don't worry about the losses too much. There's definitely some things in my game that I need to improve on. My first serve percentage here has been pretty bad. I'd like to be a little bit more aggressive and consistent on the returns. But that's the kind of stuff that clicks on one day and can help me go far in the next two weeks."


Many belated congratulations to Kimeke!!
:bounce::bounce::bounce::bounce::bounce:

I didn't know she had won until I got back to school today. I'm very happy for her and am looking forward to her run in Melbourne. I think she has an excellent chance to pratically run away with this thing.

She's going to win a Grand Slam this year, I can just feel it :)

Even if the TH double wasn't meant to be this time around :(, I found lots of pictures of her to celebrate her win. The one posted previous to this article is on the front page.

TennisHack
01-12-2003, 09:24 PM
Originally posted by Dissident
For Hackie! They are all on sports stores. ;)

BARRICADE WOMEN´S (I bought the men´s, and it´s the best shoes for tennis I ever had! :eek: Unbelievably comfortable)
Price around US$85

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White/Met

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White/Lead

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White/Nem

FEATHER WOMEN´S (I had the previous "version" of the men´s feather, that was used by Safin a couple years ago. They put a half-half sole, that suits both Clay and Hard courts)
Price around US$60

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CLIMA TENNIS SHOES (New line, supposed to be really light and effective. I never wore any of these, although the Barricade has the ClimaLite tecnology and it makes the shoe incredibly light and soft on your feet)
Price around US$75
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OMG, thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you!!!!!

I never expected you to go out of your way so much for this question. :kiss: You are wonderful.

I'll look to see what would best suit me. Thank you again!!!!!

TennisHack
01-12-2003, 09:35 PM
Originally posted by Layla
Then nothing. He will continue to be a top 5 player who hasn't won a slam yet. It's not such a tragedy. What if your number one fave was someone like Di Pasquale?

He wouldn't have reached his goals so he would just have to keep trying to do even better and we would keep supporting him and believing in him.

I disagree that if he didn't win a slam, the year would be considered a disappointment regardless of his other achievements. Call me weird but I'm not so hung up about slams. I know most tennis fans and tennis players claim that they are the only thing that matters, but I thoroughly disagree with that. In my eyes, every title matters, even the smallest one.

A few points:

I know what it's like to have a fave like DiPasquale -- Michel. For all that I worry about Juan Carlos, my worries are doubled, tripled for Michel. I have seen his flashes of brilliance and wish earnestly for him to put it all together and keep his progress from 2001 going in a straight path. The second half of last year was absolutely horrible and so far this year hasn't been too hot either. Its early yet, which is the only thing that keeps me from going completely crazy. I'm not even sure Michel can win a Grand Slam match (maybe at Wimbly, he's always played well on grass for some odd reason), that's how low my confidence has gotten. But I hang on and hope and dream and worry. You guys talked about being too attached to your players, well, I think its in my disposition to be very emotional and attached. I still believe in Michel and always will because I know he can do it. If anyone needs some sports therapy, its him. He seems to have lost himself and his way and he needs some guidance.

Secondly, Grand Slams are very prestigious titles but they aren't the only things in the world. I respect the tier system both tours have set up and rate my feeling for a tournament accordingly. However, a title is a title. Just as much tennis goes into one as the other (with the exception of GSes and the 96-draw TMSes) and should be respected as such. I don't think tournies should be judged on whether or not top players play them.

Leo7
01-12-2003, 09:53 PM
Originally posted by IluvRogi
:wavey:

just popped in quickly before I go to bed.I have been to see my Canadian relatives today who fly back home tomorrow and so spent the day with them and other family.:) I dont know if I mentioned this before,but my cousin was killed in a car crash a few eeks ago and I saw my auntie and we all recieved a photo of my cousin and a lock of her hair.She was 17:( I miss her.:sad:

Anyhow,just a happy birthday to Layla for tomorrow and roll on the AO!

goodnight :wavey:

oh Emma, how tragic! :( i'm so sorry for your loss. that is really horrible news. how r u holding up? my condolences to you and the family.

Leo7
01-12-2003, 09:56 PM
Originally posted by TennisHack
Many belated congratulations to Kimeke!!
:bounce::bounce::bounce::bounce::bounce:

I didn't know she had won until I got back to school today. I'm very happy for her and am looking forward to her run in Melbourne. I think she has an excellent chance to pratically run away with this thing.

She's going to win a Grand Slam this year, I can just feel it :)

Even if the TH double wasn't meant to be this time around :(, I found lots of pictures of her to celebrate her win. The one posted previous to this article is on the front page.

i hope you're right about Kimmy. she will be a major contender at all the slams this year, except for maybe Wimby where she isn't as comfortable on the grass. but i think she could be holding up the AO trophy in two weeks time. :)

Leo7
01-12-2003, 09:59 PM
we just took down our beloved Christmas tree. i guess that's the official end to the holidays. :(

ferrerogrrl
01-12-2003, 10:05 PM
Emma- Sorry to hear of your family's loss. :( It is always hard.

Leo7
01-12-2003, 10:11 PM
i was thinking of having a Max avatar. so when you get a chance, Hackie, could you fix this photo on your comp for me?

http://www.angelfire.com/sports/maxmirnyi/images/Off%20Court/offthecourt2.JPG

Leo7
01-12-2003, 10:12 PM
oops, doesn't look like the pic works. :( :fiery:

Vera
01-12-2003, 10:30 PM
Hi Layla, I see that you're here.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY GAL :kiss:
Wish all your dreams come true!

http://www.stopstart.freeserve.co.uk/smilie/party3.gif

Vera
01-12-2003, 10:31 PM
And hi to everyone else here :wavey:

Layla
01-12-2003, 10:32 PM
Hi guys! :wavey:

Just dropping by briefly because my eyes hurt and I need to rest them, preferably by sleeping. ;)

I won't be staying up tonight, but I will set the tape to run until the morning, but at 9 am I can watch the matches live when I get up. I hope you will be cheering long and hard for our Juanqui, because if he spoils my birthday, I'll be pissed off. :p

Anyway, here's my cheer:

VAMOS JUANQUI!!! http://www.smilies.org/basesmilies/blob_red.gif http://www.smilies.org/basesmilies/blob_red.gif http://www.smilies.org/basesmilies/blob_red.gif

http://www.smilies.org/basesmilies/1035927406.gif http://www.smilies.org/basesmilies/1035927406.gif http://www.smilies.org/basesmilies/1035927406.gif http://www.smilies.org/basesmilies/1035927406.gif http://www.smilies.org/basesmilies/1035927406.gif http://www.smilies.org/basesmilies/1035927406.gif

Layla
01-12-2003, 10:35 PM
Originally posted by Vera
Hi Layla, I see that you're here.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY GAL :kiss:
Wish all your dreams come true!

http://www.stopstart.freeserve.co.uk/smilie/party3.gif

LOL, thanks Vera! :kiss: I just arrived. But I can't stay. I still have to watch the end of the biathlon race I taped so I can see if my darling Raphael Poiree won (it doesn't seem likely at the moment).

Chloe le Bopper
01-12-2003, 10:38 PM
So you really aren't watching? I think I'll just have to endure the Andre match, hopefully, it's either a blowout so they are so bored and decided to show something else, or it's AA got beaten and losing so they have to stick with it, then I dont mind watching.

Well I will likely tape it, but I have early classes, and a 10am lab that I have to be attentive in (we get to play with sheeps brains - apologies to animal lovers everywhere - I just take the class, I do not decide on the material).

And frankly, if I can't act like a normal human being while following Ferrero's matches, I suppose that I shouldn't follow them.

Vera
01-12-2003, 10:38 PM
Originally posted by Layla
LOL, thanks Vera! :kiss: I just arrived. But I can't stay. I still have to watch the end of the biathlon race I taped so I can see if my darling Raphael Poiree won (it doesn't seem likely at the moment).

That's okay. Sweet dreams (whenever you go to bed). And when you wake up in the morning, Juanqui will present you his present for you :) . In fact, I think he's gonna make it a Layla birthday special fortnight :D.

vaiva
01-12-2003, 10:39 PM
Originally posted by Leo7
well along with Juanqui, i would really like to see Lindsay, Carlos, Lisa, and Dinara Safina win! :bounce: :bounce:

Ahh, I join you cheering for JC, Davey, Moyke and little :p Dinara

Chloe le Bopper
01-12-2003, 10:40 PM
Layla! :hearts:

Happy bithday :kiss:

hopefully you get all your wishes today :D (and in the future of course)

Vera
01-12-2003, 10:43 PM
Originally posted by Rebecca
Well I will likely tape it, but I have early classes, and a 10am lab that I have to be attentive in (we get to play with sheeps brains - apologies to animal lovers everywhere - I just take the class, I do not decide on the material).

And frankly, if I can't act like a normal human being while following Ferrero's matches, I suppose that I shouldn't follow them.

I thought you are a stat major? Counting sheeps :p ? j/k.

Well, there's probably only a 5% chance of seeing him on the coverage for 5 mins, likely in a match point or sth if he got to that early enough. So it's probably not worth staying up for you anyway. And don't worry, you are not much different from us.

Layla
01-12-2003, 10:44 PM
Originally posted by Vera
That's okay. Sweet dreams (whenever you go to bed). And when you wake up in the morning, Juanqui will present you his present for you :) . In fact, I think he's gonna make it a Layla birthday special fortnight :D.

Mmmm, a birhtday special fortnight sounds good to me. :hearts: That's a brilliant idea.

Sadly, my biathlon darling just messed up. :( But hey, they can't all win. I'll be satisfied with Juanqui's victory. ;)

vaiva
01-12-2003, 10:44 PM
Originally posted by TennisHack
Oh, I still AM angry with Marat -- what did I say? Juanqui would have to play on Monday if Marat got his wish for a late start. And look what happened :fiery:

It shoulda been Jarkko. GRRRRRRRRRRRRR.

Don't worry TH, Juanqui will win today. Trust me. So it's better to have the result on Monday, not Tuesday.

And I hope you no longer blame Marat :D

Layla
01-12-2003, 10:45 PM
Originally posted by Rebecca
Layla! :hearts:

Happy bithday :kiss:

hopefully you get all your wishes today :D (and in the future of course)

Thanks Becca! :kiss: I know there's one wish we all share. ;)

Puss-in-Boots
01-12-2003, 10:47 PM
:wavey: thread!

A quick hi and bye! Am just about to head off to work. Happy Birthday, Layla! :D :bounce: :bounce:

Chloe le Bopper
01-12-2003, 10:47 PM
Vera - I had talked about maybe doing stats, but I have changed my mind.

I'm taking three pysch courses this semester, among a chem course and a bio course.

The course where we study the brain, is neuroscience, or biophyschology - whatever they feel like calling it on a give day.

But I have skimmed the text - it's a course where we learn the anatomy of the brain in detail, and later, we learn what each part does and how it effects our behavior blah blah - well that's kind of vague, but you get the idea ;)

So obviously, studying human brains would be a little expensive. Sheeps are cheap, so we use those.

Layla
01-12-2003, 10:50 PM
Originally posted by Dr. Peedy
:wavey: thread!

A quick hi and bye! Am just about to head off to work. Happy Birthday, Layla! :D :bounce: :bounce:

Thanks Allan! :D LOL, you're even quicker than me. In and out. :p

TennisHack
01-12-2003, 10:50 PM
Originally posted by Vera
And regarding not winning a slam. As a fan, I would not be disappointed if he's not. I somehow just want him to be content with himself and if he's not, that I get worry. And I also don't want ppl to look down on him so maybe my concern is on how he took it and how others react to him not meeting expectation. (Okay, am I making any sense).

Perfect sense, I always want him to prove PMac wrong and to me, this loss will only add ammo to his fire -- Oh, he reached the final but wasn't able to convert. And Sydney isn't that big of a tournament anyway, even though when other players win it it suddenly becomes prestigious :rolleyes: I always want Juanqui to do well so that others will understand that he is a good player on every surface (well, perhaps not grass but there really isn't a grass season anymore), not just clay.

vaiva
01-12-2003, 10:51 PM
Emma, my condolescence to your family. The loss of a close person is a painful experience, especially of such a young one :sad:

Vera
01-12-2003, 10:54 PM
Originally posted by Rebecca
Vera - I had talked about maybe doing stats, but I have changed my mind.

I'm taking three pysch courses this semester, among a chem course and a bio course.

The course where we study the brain, is neuroscience, or biophyschology - whatever they feel like calling it on a give day.

But I have skimmed the text - it's a course where we learn the anatomy of the brain in detail, and later, we learn what each part does and how it effects our behavior blah blah - well that's kind of vague, but you get the idea ;)

So obviously, studying human brains would be a little expensive. Sheeps are cheap, so we use those.

I see, neuroscience sounded interesting. But it's so different from stats though. Anyway... Well, I guess then you do need to sleep early to rest your brain cells.

Vera
01-12-2003, 10:57 PM
Michel won the first set, but I guess Hackie's on top of the score.
Nico bagelled his opponent on the first. And Tommy is serving for the first :bounce:.

Chloe le Bopper
01-12-2003, 10:58 PM
Well I have to take stats courses as part of a pysch degree anyhow - that is why i had considered getting a minor in it -b ut I found the course last semester dreadfully boring.

TennisHack
01-12-2003, 10:59 PM
Originally posted by strawberriestardust
yeah. i can't think of y he would collapse either. did he slip or something? Juanqui or any other player for that matter doesn't really fall to the ground becuz of an error (isn't that more of a winning ritual?? cough cough hewitt)...they just maliciously berate themselves :)

That was his beratement. He did the same thing during the Davis Cup final in 2000 -- he fell to his knees after missing a shot by inches. I'm surprised he didn't cry, personally (well, maybe not too much, but he seems like a player who carries his emotions very prominently). If I had seen the match and seen that, that's probably when I would have accepted his loss. It seems to be when he did, even if he did come back and force the tiebreak.

Chloe le Bopper
01-12-2003, 10:59 PM
Emma - just adding to the condolences :sad:

There isn't a whole lot to say really, either than I'm sorry to hear that happened, and hope that her immediately family, and your arm of the family are all able to hold yourselves up together.

Leo7
01-12-2003, 11:01 PM
:wavey: i'm back.

i checked out the "net poll" on austrlianopen.org and the question was who will end 2003 as the World No. 1? the options were the four top players in the world. and i was shocked to see that Juan Carlos led with 38%, then Marat with 32%, Andre in 3rd with 21%, and surprisingly Hewitt was last with 9%! :eek:

Layla
01-12-2003, 11:02 PM
Originally posted by Vera
Michel won the first set, but I guess Hackie's on top of the score.
Nico bagelled his opponent on the first. And Tommy is serving for the first :bounce:.

The matches have already started? :eek: The Eurosport coverage starts only now (it's 1 am CET). :confused:

Yay for Michel! :bounce: Keep it up! :)

Chloe le Bopper
01-12-2003, 11:03 PM
I hadn't checked that out Leo, but I'm surprised.

Nice to know that his loveliness is appreciated somewhere either than here ;)

vaiva
01-12-2003, 11:03 PM
Happy birthday Layla!!!

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I wish you to have many special moments this year. Many great musical and horoscopical and Juanqui-ish experiences as well :)

Be happy!!!!! :)

Vera
01-12-2003, 11:04 PM
Originally posted by Rebecca
Well I have to take stats courses as part of a pysch degree anyhow - that is why i had considered getting a minor in it -b ut I found the course last semester dreadfully boring.

I had a couple of stats before. I found it extremely interesting but also extremely difficult. It's for marketing research so there's lots of those models and stat software that we use. Though I barely remember anything now. It's difficult bcos I'm no math wiz, but I still like the class.

Chloe le Bopper
01-12-2003, 11:05 PM
Robredo won the first set :bounce:

So did Scott Draper :bounce:

TennisHack
01-12-2003, 11:06 PM
Originally posted by Leo7
i hope you're right about Kimmy. she will be a major contender at all the slams this year, except for maybe Wimby where she isn't as comfortable on the grass. but i think she could be holding up the AO trophy in two weeks time. :)

If not the Australian, the French. The first time I really saw her was 2001 French, so I want her to do well there again :)

And maybe have a Grand Slam TH Double to celebrate :D

Vera
01-12-2003, 11:06 PM
Originally posted by Layla
The matches have already started? :eek: The Eurosport coverage starts only now (it's 1 am CET). :confused:

Yay for Michel! :bounce: Keep it up! :)

Cos the major court (Rod Laver, Vodafone...) has a later starting time, at 11 local. The side courts start at 10 am.

Layla
01-12-2003, 11:08 PM
Originally posted by IluvRogi
:wavey:

just popped in quickly before I go to bed.I have been to see my Canadian relatives today who fly back home tomorrow and so spent the day with them and other family.:) I dont know if I mentioned this before,but my cousin was killed in a car crash a few eeks ago and I saw my auntie and we all recieved a photo of my cousin and a lock of her hair.She was 17:( I miss her.:sad:

Anyhow,just a happy birthday to Layla for tomorrow and roll on the AO!

goodnight :wavey:

I'm sorry for your loss. :sad: She was only 17? That is so tragic. :sad: How are you holding up?

Oh and thanks! :)

Leo7
01-12-2003, 11:09 PM
Originally posted by Layla
Hi guys! :wavey:

Just dropping by briefly because my eyes hurt and I need to rest them, preferably by sleeping. ;)

I won't be staying up tonight, but I will set the tape to run until the morning, but at 9 am I can watch the matches live when I get up. I hope you will be cheering long and hard for our Juanqui, because if he spoils my birthday, I'll be pissed off. :p

Anyway, here's my cheer:

VAMOS JUANQUI!!! http://www.smilies.org/basesmilies/blob_red.gif http://www.smilies.org/basesmilies/blob_red.gif http://www.smilies.org/basesmilies/blob_red.gif

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Happy Birthday Layla! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

don't worry, Juanqui won't let you down ;)

TennisHack
01-12-2003, 11:09 PM
Originally posted by Layla
I hope you will be cheering long and hard for our Juanqui, because if he spoils my birthday, I'll be pissed off. :p

Hi if you're still here! :wavey: It's not officially the 13th here yet so I'll wait ;)

Juanqui gave me a match win on my birthday so he'll do it for you, too. And believe me, I'll be cheering long and hard :D:D:D

Layla
01-12-2003, 11:10 PM
Originally posted by Vera
Cos the major court (Rod Laver, Vodafone...) has a later starting time, at 11 local. The side courts start at 10 am.

I see, so at least now I know how to convert the two time zones. ;)

I have so many faves playing today! :eek: Good luck to all of them. :)

Leo7
01-12-2003, 11:10 PM
hey hackie, your boy Michel is up 6-3, 6-0 over Sanguinetti in the first round! GO MICHEL!!! :bounce:

omg i can't believe the aussie open has started! this is incredible! :bounce:

vaiva
01-12-2003, 11:11 PM
Forgot to say hi thread again :wavey:

The results for me are good so far :) I hope the trend continues.

Nadia Petrova (the girl almost forgotten by the WTA tour :mad: ) is up 6-2 4-0 ;)

Chloe le Bopper
01-12-2003, 11:11 PM
Hey - I wan't a match win on my birthday too ;) (I fall in the middle of the clay season, muhahah)

TennisHack
01-12-2003, 11:11 PM
Originally posted by zosse
Don't worry TH, Juanqui will win today. Trust me. So it's better to have the result on Monday, not Tuesday.

And I hope you no longer blame Marat :D

I don't forget easily, but if Jarkko has a good run somewhere, it will be forgotten, I'm sure :D

Layla
01-12-2003, 11:12 PM
Originally posted by zosse
Happy birthday Layla!!!

http://www.stopstart.freeserve.co.uk/smilie/jester.gif http://www.stopstart.freeserve.co.uk/smilie/disney.gif http://www.stopstart.freeserve.co.uk/smilie/band.gif

I wish you to have many special moments this year. Many great musical and horoscopical and Juanqui-ish experiences as well :)

Be happy!!!!! :)

Hehe, thanks! :) And thank you for the concert. ;)

Vera
01-12-2003, 11:13 PM
Emma, I heard about your cousin, that's before your Canadian relatives came. I'm sorry that you're still sad about it. Of course it's not something you can easily get over. But I hope you feel better soon.

Lee
01-12-2003, 11:14 PM
Happy Birthday Layla! :bounce:

Hi everybody! :wavey:

TennisHack
01-12-2003, 11:14 PM
Originally posted by Vera
Michel won the first set, but I guess Hackie's on top of the score.
Nico bagelled his opponent on the first. And Tommy is serving for the first :bounce:.

I had no idea play had already started, but I see that in an hour, Michel is already up 6-3, 6-0 :eek::eek::eek::eek: on Sanguinetti.

I love you, dahling! :kiss:

Layla
01-12-2003, 11:15 PM
Originally posted by Leo7
Happy Birthday Layla! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

don't worry, Juanqui won't let you down ;)

Thanks! :kiss: I won't be worried if you say so. ;) But I really need to wake up to some good news tomorrow, so I hope you're right. You have to be!

TennisHack
01-12-2003, 11:17 PM
Michel just broke after being 40-15 down :eek:

OMG, I think my confidence has soared in him!

:bounce::bounce::bounce:

Layla
01-12-2003, 11:18 PM
Originally posted by TennisHack
Hi if you're still here! :wavey: It's not officially the 13th here yet so I'll wait ;)

Juanqui gave me a match win on my birthday so he'll do it for you, too. And believe me, I'll be cheering long and hard :D:D:D

Yay! TH is back! :bounce: I didn't do a great job of catching up in posts though. :(;)

Hehe, ok then. :D I like the way he treats his fans. ;)

Lee
01-12-2003, 11:18 PM
Can't believe that many bagels in men's tennis.

I hope there is nothing wrong with Tommy R. He won the first set but bageled in the second. :eek: :eek:

TennisHack
01-12-2003, 11:19 PM
Just checked the stats on Michel and hard to believe he's winning :eek: He's had 4 doubles to only 2 aces, and 12 winners to 26 unforced errors. But he's tearing this guy apart!!

I can't believe the Open has started already, either :eek: And that it has started so well! Micha's up 2-0 now :D

Lee
01-12-2003, 11:19 PM
Originally posted by TennisHack
Michel just broke after being 40-15 down :eek:

OMG, I think my confidence has soared in him!

:bounce::bounce::bounce:

Michel is pretty impressive with 6-3 6-0.

And a break in third set already.

vaiva
01-12-2003, 11:19 PM
Originally posted by Leo7
omg i can't believe the aussie open has started! this is incredible! :bounce:

That's so true. Somewhere around Christmas I was thinking that the AO was so far away :rolleyes: We are having BIG TIME TENNIS!!! Hurray!!!!!

Leo7
01-12-2003, 11:19 PM
Originally posted by zosse
Forgot to say hi thread again :wavey:

The results for me are good so far :) I hope the trend continues.

Nadia Petrova (the girl almost forgotten by the WTA tour :mad: ) is up 6-2 4-0 ;)

oh i love Nadia. poor girl has been injured so much though in the past year (like her cute compatriot Lina Kraz :() and hasn't gotten to play much. i remember last year at Gold Coast she pushed Venus to 7-5, 6-5 when she had to retire with that damn injury that kept her out of most of 2002. :sad: but she did have a nice straight sets upset over Martina Hingis t the end of last year. :D i'm glad that she is back and in good form. :)

Layla
01-12-2003, 11:19 PM
Originally posted by Lee
Happy Birthday Layla! :bounce:

Hi everybody! :wavey:

Hi Lee! :wavey:

Thanks! :)

I'm gonna check out the scores now and then I'll go to bed so goodnight everyone! See you all tomorrow! Sweet dreams! :wavey:

TennisHack
01-12-2003, 11:20 PM
Originally posted by Layla
Yay! TH is back! :bounce: I didn't do a great job of catching up in posts though. :(;)

Hehe, ok then. :D I like the way he treats his fans. ;)

Well, I had tons of posts to read when I came back so if you read them all, your post count will catch up to mine. And if you're around for the Open I'm sure we'll even out in the end :)

I'm just so excited now -- thanks guys for telling me to get my butt on the scoreboard! :bounce:

TennisHack
01-12-2003, 11:21 PM
3-0 for Micha. C'mon, double bagel baby!!

:bounce::bounce:

Leo7
01-12-2003, 11:22 PM
Nadia won 6-2, 6-1 to advance to the 2nd round :bounce:

btw, play has begun on the show courts. Casanova-Henin and Srichaphan-Melzer are just under way.

Micha up 2-0 in the 3rd. this is looking good, TH. :)

Robredo is falling apart. Ferreira won the 2nd set 6-0 after losing the 1st set 7-5. :(

vaiva
01-12-2003, 11:23 PM
Originally posted by Rebecca
Hey - I wan't a match win on my birthday too ;) (I fall in the middle of the clay season, muhahah)

What kind of win could that be?? :D :p

Lee
01-12-2003, 11:23 PM
Layla, can you stay for a little while? My 2nd level of dorkdom is approaching!

TennisHack
01-12-2003, 11:24 PM
4-0!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Leo7
01-12-2003, 11:24 PM
so will everybody cheer against Paradorn with me? it's not that i don't like the guy (i really love his personality) he just scares the shit out of me when he has to play one of my faves. i hope he loses early here so he doesn't take out Moya or Ferrero. GO MELZER!

Layla
01-12-2003, 11:24 PM
Originally posted by Lee
Layla, can you stay for a little while? My 2nd level of dorkdom is approaching!

Sure! :D I'll just post my good luck in the AO forum and I'll be right back!

Leo7
01-12-2003, 11:25 PM
btw, Sjeng Schalken is up 6-4, 5-1 over Jack Brasington. alright, come on Sjeng! :bounce:

Vera
01-12-2003, 11:25 PM
C'mon Tommy. And Thomas lost his first set. C'mon Thomas.

Geez, feel the force of a Grand Slam :D.

Lee
01-12-2003, 11:25 PM
It seems there is no way to catch up with old posts, can't even catch up with new ones. :D :D

vaiva
01-12-2003, 11:26 PM
Hi Lee :wavey:

Oh, yes Leo7 - cudos to Nadia :bounce:

Vera
01-12-2003, 11:26 PM
Originally posted by Leo7
so will everybody cheer against Paradorn with me? it's not that i don't like the guy (i really love his personality) he just scares the shit out of me when he has to play one of my faves. i hope he loses early here so he doesn't take out Moya or Ferrero. GO MELZER!

I'm with you, Leo, go Melzer.

TennisHack
01-12-2003, 11:26 PM
Aw, damn, no bagel :(

4-1 Michel, though :D

Vera
01-12-2003, 11:27 PM
And I love live scoreboard :D.

TennisHack
01-12-2003, 11:27 PM
Originally posted by Leo7
so will everybody cheer against Paradorn with me? it's not that i don't like the guy (i really love his personality) he just scares the shit out of me when he has to play one of my faves. i hope he loses early here so he doesn't take out Moya or Ferrero. GO MELZER!

GO MELZER!!!!!! as I also posted in the Aussie Open forum :D

Can't stand Srichaphan or most of his fans.

Leo7
01-12-2003, 11:28 PM
Karol Kucera is up 6-2, 6-1, 3-0 over Jan Vacek. keep it up, Karol! :bounce:

and Melzer held for 2-1. he's keep it close so far. :)

vaiva
01-12-2003, 11:30 PM
Originally posted by TennisHack
GO MELZER!!!!!! as I also posted in the Aussie Open forum :D

Can't stand Srichaphan or most of his fans.

*hides somewhere at the bottom of the thread*

i'm not a die-hard fan of him, but I certainly like Paradorn

TennisHack
01-12-2003, 11:32 PM
No no! :( Davide has his second break point of the match :( C'mon, Michel, don't lose your concentration now!!

Zosse, don't worry, I wasn't speaking of you. I mostly meant his Thai fans who go way crazy over his every match win. They annoy me.

Damn, Sanguinetti broke for 4-2.

vaiva
01-12-2003, 11:36 PM
Originally posted by TennisHack
No no! :( Davide has his second break point of the match :( C'mon, Michel, don't lose your concentration now!!

Zosse, don't worry, I wasn't speaking of you. I mostly meant his Thai fans who go way crazy over his every match win. They annoy me.

Damn, Sanguinetti broke for 4-2.

TH, I know what you meant. I can understand them. You wouldn't like to read my posts if any of the Lithuanian players were winning any titles :o (don't worry, it won't happen any time soon)

Leo7
01-12-2003, 11:36 PM
Originally posted by zosse
*hides somewhere at the bottom of the thread*

i'm not a die-hard fan of him, but I certainly like Paradorn

that's okay zosse. you can cheer on Paradorn if you want. even tho i'm not his biggest fan, i love him for beating Andre at Wimby in straights. :D

TennisHack
01-12-2003, 11:37 PM
5-3 Michel -- it's about to end, I think!!

*so very excited, happy, thrilled -- need I go on?*

See, I can get annoying about my faves, too :o

Vera
01-12-2003, 11:38 PM
Originally posted by zosse
TH, I know what you meant. I can understand them. You wouldn't like to read my posts if any of the Lithuanian players were winning any titles :o (don't worry, it won't happen any time soon)

lol.
So is there Lithuanian player out there? Sorry, not too familiar. But I bet you don't know any canadian player too:p, in single anyway.

Lee
01-12-2003, 11:38 PM
OK! Here's my 2000th posts!


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TennisHack
01-12-2003, 11:38 PM
Match point #1!!!

Layla
01-12-2003, 11:39 PM
Originally posted by Leo7
so will everybody cheer against Paradorn with me? it's not that i don't like the guy (i really love his personality) he just scares the shit out of me when he has to play one of my faves. i hope he loses early here so he doesn't take out Moya or Ferrero. GO MELZER!

Oh, you can always count on me for that. ;) GO MELZER! :bounce:

Leo7
01-12-2003, 11:39 PM
btw, have you guys checked out the IBM netcam option on ausopen.org? it's really terrific. we will be able to see pics of Juanqui during his match.

Vera
01-12-2003, 11:39 PM
Woohoo, congrats Lee. :bounce:

TennisHack
01-12-2003, 11:39 PM
YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEES!!!!!!!!!

Vera
01-12-2003, 11:40 PM
Michel is the first man to win in this Open :bounce:

Leo7
01-12-2003, 11:40 PM
congrats Lee :bounce:

Layla
01-12-2003, 11:41 PM
LOL Lee! That was a great 2000th post! :D This is from me:

Layla
01-12-2003, 11:42 PM
Or if you prefer a more subdued image:

http://capitalfun.com.au/images%20greeting%20cards/congratulations%20zoom.jpg

vaiva
01-12-2003, 11:42 PM
Congrats Lee :)

And well done Michel :D

Vera
01-12-2003, 11:42 PM
Leo, where's that poll that you talk about that Juanqui's leading?

Lee
01-12-2003, 11:43 PM
Originally posted by Layla
Or if you prefer a more subdued image:


:D :D The first one is perfectly fine with me :D :D

Layla
01-12-2003, 11:44 PM
OMG! Is Michel really the first winner of the day? Brilliant! :bounce: Congrats Michel! :)

Leo7
01-12-2003, 11:44 PM
Originally posted by Vera
Michel is the first man to win in this Open :bounce:

quite an achievement.

Justine leads Casanova 4-3 :)
Sjeng leads Brasington 6-4, 6-2, 1-0 :)
Ancic leads Waske 6-3, 4-3 :)

Leo7
01-12-2003, 11:46 PM
i like Juju's new red top :)

http://www.australianopen.org/images/netcam/large/va1/009.jpg

Vera, go to ausopen.org and then click on "net poll". i think it's the only poll right now.

Vera
01-12-2003, 11:46 PM
Tommy lost the 3rd set :sad:. I'm hoping that Tommy will have his break thru year this year. So C'mon Tommy, Vamos, get back to the match.

Layla
01-12-2003, 11:46 PM
So with that bit of good news I can now really go to bed, so goodnight again, in case you didn't take me seriously the first time. :p Have a great time cheering for your faves (and mine ;) ). Can someone cheer for Seb and Santoro please?

:wavey:

Leo7
01-12-2003, 11:48 PM
:wavey: goodnight Layla.

Tommy :sad: Vamos!!!

Lapentti up 2 sets and a break now in the 3rd. Emma will be happy about this. :)

Lee
01-12-2003, 11:48 PM
http://www.smilies.org/basesmilies/1041783192.gifEveryone here!

http://www.smilies.org/basesmilies/1036535672.gif For Michel, the first player to advance to 2nd round.

Leo, I will support you to cheer on Melzer! http://www.smilies.org/basesmilies/1035927406.gif

Lee
01-12-2003, 11:49 PM
Good night Layla!

TennisHack
01-12-2003, 11:49 PM
Congrats Lee on your 2000th! :bounce::bounce:

Leo7
01-12-2003, 11:50 PM
Justine wins the first set 6-3 ;) :bounce:

http://www.australianopen.org/images/netcam/large/va1/024.jpg

Chloe le Bopper
01-12-2003, 11:50 PM
Sorry guys - but GOOO PARADORN :D

TennisHack
01-12-2003, 11:50 PM
Goodnight, Layla! :wavey:

I am writing up the stats for my Michel club but it disappeared from the scoreboard :(

I'm sooooooooo thrilled that Michel is the first winner!!!! And he played so impressively :bounce::bounce: I'll post here when I get finished :)

Chloe le Bopper
01-12-2003, 11:51 PM
Layla - I have Seb and Santoro covered for you :D

Vera
01-12-2003, 11:52 PM
Originally posted by Layla
So with that bit of good news I can now really go to bed, so goodnight again, in case you didn't take me seriously the first time. :p Have a great time cheering for your faves (and mine ;) ). Can someone cheer for Seb and Santoro please?

:wavey:

Count on me, Layla. Anything for Seb :hearts:. And I'll cheer for Fab too, since he's also french :D .

Good night.

Vera
01-12-2003, 11:55 PM
Thanks Leo, for the direction. Glad that ppl believe in him, but then, does that mean more pressure *worry*.

Lee
01-12-2003, 11:56 PM
I have to prepare dinner!

Please cheer Tommy R. please! I'm not sure I'll be back when Lindsay's up so cheer for too please!

Leo7
01-12-2003, 11:56 PM
Kucera won 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 :)

Leo7
01-12-2003, 11:58 PM
:wavey: Lee. i prolly won't be up for Lindsay's match either. :(

vaiva
01-12-2003, 11:58 PM
Lee, I will double-cheer for Lindsay :D

Leo7
01-13-2003, 12:00 AM
Paradorn up 6-5, serving for the 1st set :(

Leo7
01-13-2003, 12:01 AM
zosse, can you triple-cheer for Lindsay if i'm not up either? ;)

Leo7
01-13-2003, 12:02 AM
any Albert fans? he's up 2 sets to love but down 0-3 in the 3rd.

http://www.australianopen.org/images/netcam/large/sc3/006.jpg

vaiva
01-13-2003, 12:03 AM
Originally posted by Leo7
zosse, can you triple-cheer for Lindsay if i'm not up either? ;)

Sure Leo7 :)

I'm always ready to cheer loud and hard for her

Leo7
01-13-2003, 12:05 AM
thanks zosse :)

Leo7
01-13-2003, 12:06 AM
Christophe Rochus up 5-2 in the 1st :)
Paradorn won the 1st 7-5 :(
Justine up 2-1 :)
Lapentti up 5-0 :)

TennisHack
01-13-2003, 12:07 AM
OMG, I'm too excited to come up with anything new, so here's what I posted in my Michel group:

He won!! He won he won he won!!! He is the first man to advance to the second round at the Open.

LOL, yes, I'm excited :) I love having live scores, almost makes me feel like I'm really there :) And from watching the scores you can infer a bit about the match played.

(1R) M. Kratochvil d. D. Sanguinetti 6-3, 6-0, 6-3

Unfortunately I didn't realize the match had started so I joined in
the third set. Michel was up 4-0 but was then broken. However, he took the match on his very first match point!! Very impressive
play :)

Here are the official stats:

Time elapsed by set:
1st set: 32 minutes
2nd set: 19 minutes
3rd set: 29 minutes

Match Summary (by set isn't up yet)

Sanguinetti(ITA) /// Kratochvil(SUI)

1st Serve % 44 of 76 = 58% /// 40 of 68 = 59%
Aces/Double Faults: 4/3 /// 4/4
Winners/Unforced Errors: 14/49 /// 18/33
Winning % on 1st Serve: 17 of 44 = 39% /// 31 of 40 = 78%
Winning % on 2nd Serve: 17 of 32 = 53% /// 15 of 28 = 54%
Break Point Conversions: 2 of 3 = 67% /// 7 of 12 = 58%
Net Approaches: 4 of 14 = 29% /// 12 of 17 = 71%
Total Points Won: 56///88

The numbers aren't too great, but obviously enough for a win :)
Michel's four double faults came in the first set, and he had one
ace in each set, two in the last :) The important thing is that he
won almost all of his first serve points, and a ton of his second
serve points (anything over 50% is usually surprising for second
serves). He saved one break point on his own serve and created 12 on his opponent's serve. He won all but 5 net approaches!! This tells me he played a complete, confident match -- a bit shaky to start, but when he settled in he was lethal!!

He will face the winner of the Robredo/Ferreria match, and so far,
Robredo is getting toasted.

Congrats to Michel for a wonderful and very convincing first round
victory!!!!

TennisHack
01-13-2003, 12:10 AM
Ancic is up 3-2 in the third with a break (after winning the first two sets) :) He hasn't played all year and is also doing quite well :)

Vera
01-13-2003, 12:13 AM
Originally posted by TennisHack

Time elapsed by set:
1st set: 32 minutes
2nd set: 19 minutes
3rd set: 29 minutes

:eek: :eek: :eek:

Chloe le Bopper
01-13-2003, 12:13 AM
Ancic ... who does he play next if he wins? Schalken, if he wins, right?

TennisHack
01-13-2003, 12:13 AM
Yikes, my scoreboard is slow :eek: Hmm . . .

Leo7
01-13-2003, 12:14 AM
Lapentii won 6-0, 6-4, 6-0 :) :bounce: two bagels!

Leo7
01-13-2003, 12:14 AM
Gaston Gaudio is up two sets to love on Thomas Enqvist (7-5, 7-5). Thomas was up 5-3 in the 2nd but couldn't close it out.

Chloe le Bopper
01-13-2003, 12:15 AM
and yay Paradorn :D

awww how can you guys not like paradorn ;) He's one of the nicest tennis guys around - and his supporters at the us open were so cute, with all their flags, and even though he lost they were still all happy :D

Chloe le Bopper
01-13-2003, 12:16 AM
Tennishack, I'm having problems with my scoreboard as well.

Lapentti :eek: Wow - thankfully he's away from Ferrero ;)

Leo7
01-13-2003, 12:16 AM
omg what's up ith Schalken? he was just up 5-2 in the 3rd set (two breaks) and now it is even at 5-5. thanfully he is already up 2 sets to love but he better not screw this up...

TennisHack
01-13-2003, 12:16 AM
Originally posted by Rebecca
Ancic ... who does he play next if he wins? Schalken, if he wins, right?

Yes, if Sjeng can win this thing. Brasington has (had? my scoreboard is so messed up :mad: ) double bp when Schalken is supposed to be serving for the match.

Chloe le Bopper
01-13-2003, 12:17 AM
Any Justine fans in here? Did she get the draw from hell or what?

Vera
01-13-2003, 12:18 AM
My scoreboard was refreshing itself automatically. Then all in a sudden, it stopped. Now I have to refresh it manually.

Leo7
01-13-2003, 12:18 AM
Christophe the Giant is up 6-2, 2-0 :)

Chloe le Bopper
01-13-2003, 12:18 AM
My scoreboard is sticking as well - it is fine if i leave it on a court, but if i leave and look at another court and go back, it is stuck to where it was when I last looked - sometimes i have to wait a full minute for it to update :(

vaiva
01-13-2003, 12:18 AM
Originally posted by Rebecca
and yay Paradorn :D

awww how can you guys not like paradorn ;) He's one of the nicest tennis guys around - and his supporters at the us open were so cute, with all their flags, and even though he lost they were still all happy :D

Becca, we (I) like Paradorn.

I think Hackie was just making a point about his supporters on this board who at times get a bit annoying

Leo7
01-13-2003, 12:19 AM
same with me, Vera. i wish the scoreboard would refresh by itself.

btw, Gaudio is now up a break in the 3rd set. Goodbye, Thomas! :wavey:

vaiva
01-13-2003, 12:20 AM
I am a Juju fan here.

The draw - it's a conspiracy: to show what can happen to a Belgian girl if she refuses to play according to the Aussie rules :D

Watch for Kim to become an Aussie citizen soon :D

Leo7
01-13-2003, 12:22 AM
Becca, it's easier to just use "Matches in Progress" rather than the little scoreboard. it shows all the matches at once, including who is serving and the score of the game.

Vera
01-13-2003, 12:23 AM
Ouch, Thomas' not done yet, Leo! Okay, he'll probably lose this one :sad:

Tommy lost :sad: :sad: :sad:, but well done Wayne.

Nico :eek: :kiss: :bounce:

Leo7
01-13-2003, 12:24 AM
Gaudio now up 3-0 (two breaks) on Thomas. Enqvist hasn't won a game in so long.. i think that's 8 straight games for Gaston! :eek:

Chloe le Bopper
01-13-2003, 12:25 AM
Leo - yeah I know - but my computer is slow and that whole page makes things run really slow on here. I might resort to it shortly, though.

I think Hackie was just making a point about his supporters on this board who at times get a bit annoying

Zosse - I know, I was just teasing ;) But maybe they find us annoying too :D

Leo7
01-13-2003, 12:25 AM
Tommy :sad: i guess we won't get that Carlos Moya/Tommy Robredo 3rd round match :sad:

Leo7
01-13-2003, 12:26 AM
Justine's choking (as usual). she just served for the match against Myriam Casanova at 5-3 but got broken back. :(

TennisHack
01-13-2003, 12:26 AM
Any fans of Grosjean here? I know Layla is one . . .

http://www.ausopen.org/images/netcam/large/sc2/017.jpg

TennisHack
01-13-2003, 12:28 AM
C'mon Miriam! :bounce:

:o Just cheering for another Swiss :o

Leo7
01-13-2003, 12:29 AM
sorry TH, you're a little late. Justine just closed out the match 6-3, 6-4. that's revenge for Juju after she last lost to Myriam in Zurich.

Leo7
01-13-2003, 12:30 AM
so one more match until Juanqui takes the court :)

Vera
01-13-2003, 12:30 AM
Originally posted by TennisHack
Any fans of Grosjean here? I know Layla is one . . .

http://www.ausopen.org/images/netcam/large/sc2/017.jpg

Is Seb playing already? Big Seb fan's here. I'm counting on him to upset Ahole, if Nico doesn't.

TennisHack
01-13-2003, 12:31 AM
Yep, his match just started on Show Court 2.

Leo7
01-13-2003, 12:31 AM
http://www.australianopen.org/images/netcam/large/va1/024.jpg

Allez Juju! :bounce:

Leo7
01-13-2003, 12:32 AM
i think Nicholas Escude can take out Agassi in Melbourne, but i seem to be alone on that idea.

Leo7
01-13-2003, 12:33 AM
Sjeng Schalken just won 6-4, 6-2, 7-6(5) :) :bounce:

vaiva
01-13-2003, 12:33 AM
Yay Juju :bounce:

Although my scoreboard is stuck and thinks that the match is not finished yet :mad:

Vera
01-13-2003, 12:35 AM
Originally posted by Leo7
i think Nicholas Escude can take out Agassi in Melbourne, but i seem to be alone on that idea.

No, you're not alone. I think Nico can.

Leo7
01-13-2003, 12:36 AM
http://www.australianopen.org/images/netcam/large/sc2/011.jpg

GOOOO GROSJEAN! :bounce: (Seb's up 1-0)

Hey TH, Dani is up next. hopefully she can win quicky so Juanqui can get on court soon. :)

TennisHack
01-13-2003, 12:38 AM
I hope she can win quickly as well :bounce:

GO DANI & JUANQUI!! :bounce::bounce::bounce::bounce:

Leo7
01-13-2003, 12:46 AM
Anna's on court against Nagyova. :D

http://www.australianopen.org/images/netcam/large/mc/017.jpg

come on Kourni! win it for hitman. ;)

TennisHack
01-13-2003, 12:47 AM
http://www.ausopen.org/images/netcam/large/va1/022.jpg
is about to begin! :D

Leo7
01-13-2003, 12:47 AM
http://www.australianopen.org/images/netcam/large/va1/005.jpg

Dani's warming up on Vodafone arena :D

Vera
01-13-2003, 12:48 AM
Thomas lost :sad:

TennisHack
01-13-2003, 12:49 AM
http://www.ausopen.org/images/netcam/large/va1/004.jpg
http://www.ausopen.org/images/netcam/large/va1/005.jpg

vaiva
01-13-2003, 12:49 AM
Go Daniela and Ania :)

Please Paradorn, win it in 3 sets. Maybe they'll show Venus vs Sveta on Eurosport

TennisHack
01-13-2003, 12:50 AM
http://www.ausopen.org/images/netcam/large/va1/012.jpg

Leo7
01-13-2003, 12:51 AM
poor Thomas. :sad: but that's okay, b/c i like Gaston also. :)

vaiva
01-13-2003, 12:51 AM
Thomas :sad:

What a miserable time he is having in 2003 :(

Leo7
01-13-2003, 12:52 AM
Originally posted by zosse
Go Daniela and Ania :)

Please Paradorn, win it in 3 sets. Maybe they'll show Venus vs Sveta on Eurosport

that should be a good match. Venus will prolly be rusty, and Svetlana is very talented so she has to be playing well.

vaiva
01-13-2003, 12:52 AM
How about Ancic?

My scoreborad is stuck at 4-2 in TB

Leo7
01-13-2003, 12:53 AM
what's up with Albert now? he looked like he was moving on the 2nd round in straight sets, but now he's down 1-3 in the 4th! :eek:

TennisHack
01-13-2003, 12:53 AM
Ancic 6-3 in the tiebreak :D

TennisHack
01-13-2003, 12:53 AM
Just won it :D

Congrats, Mario!! Straight sets win in first match of 2003 :)

vaiva
01-13-2003, 12:54 AM
Ancic won :)

And I hope Sveta can pull a Maggie tonight :)

Leo7
01-13-2003, 12:54 AM
Melzer's not giving up in this match. he's up 2-1 in the 3rd w/ Para serving at 30-30. break now, Jurgen!

TennisHack
01-13-2003, 12:55 AM
C'mon Melzer!!

:bounce::bounce::bounce:

Leo7
01-13-2003, 12:55 AM
http://www.australianopen.org/images/netcam/large/mc/008.jpg

go anna! :bounce:

Leo7
01-13-2003, 12:55 AM
Melzer broke for 3-1 in the 3rd! yes!!!!

Vera
01-13-2003, 12:56 AM
Originally posted by Leo7
what's up with Albert now? he looked like he was moving on the 2nd round in straight sets, but now he's down 1-3 in the 4th! :eek:

Albert, c'mon, show us that you aren't a fluke :mad:. And Kourni has a break already, good. I hope she does better this year. And, I'm not being sarcastic :). Since I'll be seeing her match on TV anyway, so I hope she'll put some good shows on.

Hey, Escude started his match. Allez Nico...Allez Seb.

vaiva
01-13-2003, 12:58 AM
Daniela was broken :sad:

And Ania is 3-*0 up :)

Leo7
01-13-2003, 12:58 AM
Anna up 3-0 :)
Dani down 2-0 :( :eek:

TennisHack
01-13-2003, 12:58 AM
Dani's down an early break :(

http://www.ausopen.org/images/netcam/large/va1/019.jpg

Vera
01-13-2003, 12:58 AM
Dani lost her serve :(.

TennisHack
01-13-2003, 12:59 AM
Melzer 4-1 :D
Dani broke right back 2-1 :D

Leo7
01-13-2003, 01:00 AM
Allez Nicholas! :bounce:

Costa is even now at 3-3 in the 4th.
Melzer up 4-1 in the 3rd. :)

vaiva
01-13-2003, 01:00 AM
I think Dani just held and is still a break down :sad:

Thought not 100% sure as it is 4 am here

Leo7
01-13-2003, 01:01 AM
http://www.australianopen.org/images/netcam/large/mc/018.jpg

:eek: Anna is dominating thus far :eek:

GO DANI!!

TennisHack
01-13-2003, 01:01 AM
http://www.ausopen.org/images/netcam/large/va1/004.jpg

C'mon, Dani, cheer up! :bounce::bounce:

Leo7
01-13-2003, 01:02 AM
Melzer goes up 5-1 in the 3rd! :bounce: close him out!! force a 4th set!!

TennisHack
01-13-2003, 01:03 AM
Melzer 5-1 :D:D:D

Leo7
01-13-2003, 01:03 AM
Kourni cruising up 4-0 in the 1st :)

vaiva
01-13-2003, 01:03 AM
I'm so glad for Ania :bounce:

She's 5-0 up and I hope she will not lose that lead :)

TennisHack
01-13-2003, 01:04 AM
Anna 5-0 :eek::eek::eek:

Leo7
01-13-2003, 01:05 AM
Dani serving at 2-2, 15-15

Vera
01-13-2003, 01:05 AM
Originally posted by zosse
I'm so glad for Ania :bounce:

She's 5-0 up and I hope she will not lose that lead :)

I wasn't sure who's Ania, but now I know you mean Anna.

TennisHack
01-13-2003, 01:06 AM
Dani 3-2 :D That's my girl!!

Vera
01-13-2003, 01:06 AM
Melzer took the 3rd. Nico has a break.

TennisHack
01-13-2003, 01:07 AM
http://www.ausopen.org/images/netcam/large/va1/016.jpg

Leo7
01-13-2003, 01:07 AM
6-1 Melzer! :eek: :D

GO NICO!!

vaiva
01-13-2003, 01:10 AM
Anna/Ania won the 1st set

http://www.australianopen.com/images/netcam/small/mc/003.jpg

Rest and continue :)

TennisHack
01-13-2003, 01:10 AM
Kratochvil first through to second-round
Monday, 13 January, 2003
by Ashley Browne

Michel Kratochvil has become the first player through the second-round of the men's draw at Australian Open 2003 after an easy 6-3, 6-0, 6-3 win over Italy's Davide Sanguinetti.

On a sweltering opening day at Melbourne Park, in front of an enormous crowd, the 23-year-old from Switzerland was joined in the second-round by Karol Kucera, who beat Jan Vacek 6-2, 6-1, 6-4. Kucera was a semi-finalist here in 1998, after defeating Pete Sampras in the quarter-finals.

Also through to the second-round is Ecuador's Nicolas Lappenti, who defeated France's Melbourne Park-debutant Jean Benneteau 6-0, 6-4, 6-0.

Among the big names in action during the opening few hours of the men's draw are Thailand's Paradorn Srichapan who received treatment on an injured finger from a trainer on the court midway through the first set, French Open champion Albert Costa, South African veteran Wayne Ferreira and Australian left-hander Scott Draper.

Srichapan was awarded the honour of playing the first match of the Australian Open - the Grand Slam of Asia/Pacific - on Rod Laver Arena.

Vera
01-13-2003, 01:12 AM
Seb has the first set. :bounce:

Leo7
01-13-2003, 01:14 AM
Go SEB!! :bounce:

espn coverage starts in about 15 minutes so i'll be leaving soon..

Vera
01-13-2003, 01:14 AM
Wow, Nico won his first set too :eek: so quick.

vaiva
01-13-2003, 01:14 AM
Dinara is already playing :bounce:

Common baby, you can win :)

Leo7
01-13-2003, 01:15 AM
Escude won the first set 6-1! :bounce: keep going..

and Dinara Safin has started her match against Layla's girl Katarina Srebotnik. Safina is up 1-0 on serve. go dinara!!!

TennisHack
01-13-2003, 01:15 AM
Dani 4-3 :)

Leo, ESPN doesn't start until 11, no?

Leo7
01-13-2003, 01:17 AM
my schedule (from tennis week magazine) says coverage starts at 9:30 and goes until 12 am.. let me check that out..

Leo7
01-13-2003, 01:18 AM
Dani is up 5-4 :)