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lokon
01-19-2003, 03:44 AM
I hope espn cuts to the juanqui match for just a few minutes now!!! PLZ!

TennisHack
01-19-2003, 03:44 AM
I have to give Mario credit, he's not going away. This bodes well for his future on the circuit. I wonder how many spots he'll jump by getting to the fourth round? :confused:

Dissident
01-19-2003, 03:44 AM
Ferreira will win 22-20 in the fifth after other four tb sets. :p

Puss-in-Boots
01-19-2003, 03:44 AM
WELL DONE LINDSAY! :bounce: :D

Layla
01-19-2003, 03:45 AM
OMG Lindsay!!! You're amazing! :bounce:

Vera
01-19-2003, 03:45 AM
save a bp "phew"

Leo7
01-19-2003, 03:45 AM
i hope they will air that match, Vera.. they should since it's a QF.

anyway, i'm gonna go and focus on Lindsay's match since it's on ESPN. i think Juanqui is safely through to his first ever Aussie Open Quarterfinal. :) :wavey: i will be back after Lindsay's match is over..

TennisHack
01-19-2003, 03:45 AM
Oh, no way we'll get Juanqui's QF -- not all of it, anyway :rolleyes:

Puss-in-Boots
01-19-2003, 03:46 AM
Originally posted by Dissident
Ferreira will win 22-20 in the fifth after other four tb sets. :p

ROFLMAO!!! :D

TennisHack
01-19-2003, 03:46 AM
:wavey: Bye, Leo! Cheer on Lindsay for us!!

If she wins -- WHOA :eek: What a confidence booster!

liS@
01-19-2003, 03:46 AM
Originally posted by lokon
I hope espn cuts to the juanqui match for just a few minutes now!!! PLZ!

omg u got ur wish!! seems like only listen to u, not me :( ;)

Dissident
01-19-2003, 03:47 AM
I guess Mario will climb around 15-20 positions. :)

Vera
01-19-2003, 03:47 AM
They showed the last point on tv :eek:.

lokon
01-19-2003, 03:47 AM
Ooo Juanqui upset by that service call and then snatched the towel from the ballboy! :p Temper! :p

Layla
01-19-2003, 03:47 AM
Originally posted by TennisHack
I have to give Mario credit, he's not going away. This bodes well for his future on the circuit. I wonder how many spots he'll jump by getting to the fourth round? :confused:

I have no doubt that he'll have a brilliant future. Just not right now please! :(

Juanqui finally holds!!! :bounce:

TennisHack
01-19-2003, 03:47 AM
5-2 Juanqui! :bounce::bounce::bounce:

ferrerogrrl
01-19-2003, 03:47 AM
Originally posted by TennisHack


I hate the way PattyMac says 'Mosquito' because he has to do it with an accent.

Ugh! I hate it because I always think he says it in such a condescending tone, AS IF he were ever as good as Juanqui!


He'd probably just call them Ferrero and Ferreira, and mush them together so no one will know who he's talking about :rolleyes: [/QUOTE]

LOL!! Just wait and see, when Juanqui does phenomenally this year and wins a HC TMS, he's going to reverse the roles in the bet with Cliffy and say he was the one who believed in Juanqui all along! That comment about the 'dirtballers' riles me :fiery: up so much because he uses that term so much!!


Maybe he wouldn't be doing commentary for that match :D [/QUOTE]

oh! that we could be so lucky! :( but probably not. I want to hear Carillo's commentary during a jcf match

lokon
01-19-2003, 03:48 AM
yay juanquis match on tv :hearts:

Leo7
01-19-2003, 03:48 AM
wait, i think i'll stay until the end.

Lee
01-19-2003, 03:48 AM
ESPN is having Juanqui on now!

TennisHack
01-19-2003, 03:49 AM
The Ferrero camp:

ferrerogrrl
01-19-2003, 03:49 AM
break for the match!!

Leo7
01-19-2003, 03:49 AM
Juanqui is 2 points away..

TennisHack
01-19-2003, 03:50 AM
LOL! Double MP!

Dissident
01-19-2003, 03:50 AM
So long for my 4 TB 22-20 5th set combo... :p

Ferreira won the first 6-3

Dissident
01-19-2003, 03:51 AM
WOOHOO! Well done Juanqui!! :D:D:D:D:D

lokon
01-19-2003, 03:51 AM
Whee! Juanqui won! :bounce:

Mario :hearts: :D

liS@
01-19-2003, 03:51 AM
haha...my cousin just fell in luv w/ ancic...he is a hottie:hearts: :hearts: someone demolish aa so we can have a jc seb sf...

TennisHack
01-19-2003, 03:51 AM
WOOOOOOHOOOOOOOO!!!!

QUARTERFINALS HERE WE COME!!!!
:bounce::bounce::bounce::bounce::bounce::bounce:

PMac's having a cow, I'm sure :D

Leo7
01-19-2003, 03:52 AM
Juan Carlos :bounce: awesome win :bounce: keep it up in the Quarters :bounce: yay :bounce:

Puss-in-Boots
01-19-2003, 03:52 AM
Congratulations, Juan Carlos! :D :bounce: :bounce: :D 6-0 6-3 6-2 :D

Layla
01-19-2003, 03:53 AM
YEEEEEEEEEEEEEES!!!! JUANQUI HAS REACHED THE QUARTER-FINALS!!!! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Congrats my love! :kiss:

And congrats to Mario as well for getting this far in a GS, his best result yet. :)

Vera
01-19-2003, 03:53 AM
Woohoo. a set and a point they showed him on TV. I found myself not wanting him to take the break at the end so they can show one more game :o. I'm so happy :D.

Leo7
01-19-2003, 03:53 AM
more good news: Michelle Kwan won the US Figure Skating Championships for a 6th time in her career! she just won the gold medal over Sarah Hughes, while my girl Sasha will settle for bronze. congrats Michelle.. and of course congrats Juanqui. :D what a great day so far..

:wavey: now i'm off to cheer on Lindsay

Lee
01-19-2003, 03:54 AM
Just came back from dinner and glad to catch Juanqui on his last 2 games! :D :D

ferrerogrrl
01-19-2003, 03:54 AM
Yay Juanqui! Keep up the form!!

drat, I wish I'd watched ESPN tonite. I thought they wouldn't show any of Juanqui on account of Linds-juju-AA

TennisHack
01-19-2003, 03:54 AM
Juanqui snatches the towel

Scotso
01-19-2003, 03:54 AM
:bounce: Juan Carlos :bounce:

TennisHack
01-19-2003, 03:54 AM
Match stats:

Dissident
01-19-2003, 03:55 AM
ESPN still announcing Sportscenter.... They are doing that since forever, like BEGGING for the match to end... :p
Stupid asses. Who wants to see Sportscenter??????

I wouldnt be mad if Lindsay helped making their dream come true. :angel:

ferrerogrrl
01-19-2003, 03:55 AM
hey, Go Michelle!

Puss-in-Boots
01-19-2003, 03:55 AM
Originally posted by Leo7
more good news: Michelle Kwan won the US Figure Skating Championships for a 6th time in her career! she just won the gold medal over Sarah Hughes, while my girl Sasha will settle for bronze. congrats Michelle.. and of course congrats Juanqui. :D what a great day so far..

:wavey: now i'm off to cheer on Lindsay


I'm so happy to hear that! :D Thanks for the info, Leo! :)

Vera
01-19-2003, 03:55 AM
Mary Joe said Fab's match woke Juanqui up. Did he not have a very easy 2nd round too? Or did she think he was sleep walking in the 2nd round while beating Lisnard in 89 mins :p.

Lee
01-19-2003, 03:56 AM
Originally posted by Leo7
more good news: Michelle Kwan won the US Figure Skating Championships for a 6th time in her career! she just won the gold medal over Sarah Hughes, while my girl Sasha will settle for bronze. congrats Michelle.. and of course congrats Juanqui. :D what a great day so far..

:wavey: now i'm off to cheer on Lindsay

YESSSSSS! Michelle is MY girls! :D :D

And Leo, Just watch Lindsay's last 2 games of set 2 and she's pretty good. Down 0-40 and come back to win the set.

TennisHack
01-19-2003, 03:56 AM
This is sooooo great :) After that first set, I knew he could take it in three and I'm so very happy he did :)

Now we see who he'll play in the quarters -- Wayne and Sargis are doing a good job of wearing each other out :D

ferrerogrrl
01-19-2003, 03:56 AM
Alright, now that Juanqui has done his duty, I'm off to bake choco chip cookies! Bye y'alls!

Dissident
01-19-2003, 03:57 AM
Lindsay breaks for 2-1 :bounce:

OMG OMG OMG!!! :D:D:D:D

lokon
01-19-2003, 03:57 AM
Lindsay just got an early break, as did Ferreira

TennisHack
01-19-2003, 03:58 AM
Originally posted by Vera
Mary Joe said Fab's match woke Juanqui up. Did he not have a very easy 2nd round too? Or did she think he was sleep walking in the 2nd round while beating Lisnard in 89 mins :p.

Hehehe, well you know what they say. There's always one tough match that you have to come through, and that one with Santoro was no cakewalk. Lisnard is the patent nobody :D

Bye, Maly! :wavey:

Lee
01-19-2003, 03:58 AM
Originally posted by TennisHack
Juanqui snatches the towel

He was so mad after winning the game point on his service game to go up 5-2 that he angrily snatched the his towel from the ball boy!!

lokon
01-19-2003, 03:59 AM
ooo justine called the trainer!! SHES FAKING!! ;)

TennisHack
01-19-2003, 03:59 AM
Well, the netcams suck bigtime, but I'm going to go ahead and post them anyway.

Keep it going, Lindsay!!! If Dani can't stop Venus, hopefully you can!!!!! :D:D

Dissident
01-19-2003, 03:59 AM
Henin calls the trainer... Blists it seems

Vera
01-19-2003, 03:59 AM
Originally posted by lokon
Ooo Juanqui upset by that service call and then snatched the towel from the ballboy! :p Temper! :p

He was pissed and speaks spanish to the um. And Jim said it's an violation :confused: ? Strange rule!

liS@
01-19-2003, 04:00 AM
Originally posted by ferrerogrrl
Alright, now that Juanqui has done his duty, I'm off to bake choco chip cookies! Bye y'alls!

yum i want some!! henin has the trainer out...

lokon
01-19-2003, 04:00 AM
ewww, close up of justine's feet :p

Dissident
01-19-2003, 04:01 AM
Lol, I meant blisters. :p

Layla
01-19-2003, 04:01 AM
LOL, this is so funny! Both times I got up or stayed up to watch Juanqui's match, he cruised through the match and started with bagels. :eek: And when I slept through it, there was a huge drama here and the tightest possible match. ;) Maybe I should stay up more often.

Thank you Juanqui for winning so quickly. Now I can go to bed and actually catch some sleep, though it won't be much.

Please keep on cheering for Lindsay!

Goodnight everyone! Sweet dreams! :wavey:

liS@
01-19-2003, 04:01 AM
Originally posted by Vera
He was pissed and speaks spanish to the um. And Jim said it's an violation :confused: ? Strange rule!

did he cuss or something?? see, me no speak no spanish

Dissident
01-19-2003, 04:02 AM
They just showed Juanqui´s matchpoint.
He was so happy! Great win!

Lindsay will serve now leading 2-1

Vera
01-19-2003, 04:03 AM
Originally posted by TennisHack
Hehehe, well you know what they say. There's always one tough match that you have to come through, and that one with Santoro was no cakewalk. Lisnard is the patent nobody :D

Bye, Maly! :wavey:

True though. I really appreciate that Fab gave him a hard time. Since he came thru, he probably feel stronger and more confident than ever :) .

Bye Maly and Leo, and whoever's leaving and left. Sorry, I can't keep track when watching the tv and typing in front of the comp.

Lee
01-19-2003, 04:03 AM
Goodnight Layla! :wavey:

Puss-in-Boots
01-19-2003, 04:03 AM
:wavey: Goodnight Layla! :)

Lee
01-19-2003, 04:04 AM
So far, my fav are doing really good. Rogi is in trouble in double.

Vera
01-19-2003, 04:04 AM
Originally posted by strawberriestardust
did he cuss or something?? see, me no speak no spanish

I don't think so. It sounded like a question. Mind you, my spanish is no good either. And Jim said speaking spanish is a violation, I think!

Dissident
01-19-2003, 04:05 AM
Goodnight everyone who is going! :wavey:

Omg, cmon Lindsay! I need to sleep, have a tennis match tomorrow morning! :p

lokon
01-19-2003, 04:06 AM
I know a few spanish curses, and it didnt sound like he said any of the ones I know, but then again I only know a few :p

liS@
01-19-2003, 04:06 AM
what?? players r allowed to speak their native language...what is jimbo talking about?!

Vera
01-19-2003, 04:07 AM
Originally posted by Layla
LOL, this is so funny! Both times I got up or stayed up to watch Juanqui's match, he cruised through the match and started with bagels. :eek: And when I slept through it, there was a huge drama here and the tightest possible match. ;) Maybe I should stay up more often.

Thank you Juanqui for winning so quickly. Now I can go to bed and actually catch some sleep, though it won't be much.

Please keep on cheering for Lindsay!

Goodnight everyone! Sweet dreams! :wavey:

You should stay up then, definitely in SF if he gets thru. That will save us from having heart attacks every 2 seconds.

Good night Layla, guess you will be having some sweet dreams :wavey:

Lee
01-19-2003, 04:08 AM
Seems Leo has left to watch Lindsay and so do I now. CYA after Lindsay game and it's seems it won't take long :D :D

lokon
01-19-2003, 04:08 AM
Night layla! YIKES! 4-1 to davenport...juju is collapsing :eek:

Dissident
01-19-2003, 04:08 AM
Davey breaks again!!! 4-1 and serve now.
Woohoo! Go go go go go go !!!

Dissident
01-19-2003, 04:11 AM
15-30 AGH! Lindsay wants to kill me! :(

Puss-in-Boots
01-19-2003, 04:11 AM
:wavey: Lee! :)


Wow! Linds looks like she's cruising now... hope she can close it out without any probs! :D

Puss-in-Boots
01-19-2003, 04:12 AM
Pff... typed too slowly again :p

C'MON Linds... don't lose your serve now!

Dissident
01-19-2003, 04:12 AM
30-40 holy shit.

Puss-in-Boots
01-19-2003, 04:13 AM
Oooh... the third circle of dorkdom approaches! :p

lokon
01-19-2003, 04:13 AM
lindsay lost her serve 4-2 :eek:

Dissident
01-19-2003, 04:13 AM
Damn, Juju broke. :(

CMON!!!!!

Puss-in-Boots
01-19-2003, 04:14 AM
And I'm there!

3-0-0-0

Woohoo! :D

Vera
01-19-2003, 04:14 AM
Originally posted by ferrerogrrl
Ugh! I hate it because I always think he says it in such a condescending tone, AS IF he were ever as good as Juanqui!


I agree. He makes it sound like he's trying to ridicule JC. So I hate that.


LOL!! Just wait and see, when Juanqui does phenomenally this year and wins a HC TMS, he's going to reverse the roles in the bet with Cliffy and say he was the one who believed in Juanqui all along! That comment about the 'dirtballers' riles me :fiery: up so much because he uses that term so much!!


lol. And I can totally see that. PMac is such a jerk and he doesn't mind making a fool of himself. That dirtballers comment really piss me off :fiery:.

Puss-in-Boots
01-19-2003, 04:15 AM
:eek: C'mon Linds.... hang on to that one break you have left! :mad:

lokon
01-19-2003, 04:15 AM
hehehe congrats dr. peedy! :bounce:

Puss-in-Boots
01-19-2003, 04:16 AM
Thanks, Lokon! :D

Dissident
01-19-2003, 04:16 AM
Cmon Lindsay, dont go losing this one after all that fight!!!!! :sad:

Dissident
01-19-2003, 04:17 AM
Congrats Doc! ;)

Vera
01-19-2003, 04:17 AM
Woohoo, Allan. Congrats :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Puss-in-Boots
01-19-2003, 04:19 AM
Thank you, thank you....

*sniffle* and I would like to thank the Academy....

:p :p

Dissident
01-19-2003, 04:21 AM
Oh Lindsay, for God´s sake!!! :sad:
40-40

Dissident
01-19-2003, 04:21 AM
Juju is all over her second serve!! :mad:
Break point Juju :sad:

Puss-in-Boots
01-19-2003, 04:21 AM
DEUCE?! :mad:

lokon
01-19-2003, 04:22 AM
my gosh, lindsay just lost her serve! 4-4 :eek:

Puss-in-Boots
01-19-2003, 04:22 AM
Hrmmph.. I still type too slowly... but bp Ezel is even worse! :mad:

Dissident
01-19-2003, 04:22 AM
52 UE Davenport. :eek:
And the last one gave Juju the break AGAIN

Oh my God, this sucks such a huge time........

Puss-in-Boots
01-19-2003, 04:23 AM
*slaps head* Linds!! OMG! :mad:

lokon
01-19-2003, 04:24 AM
triple bp for lindsay yeesh

Dissident
01-19-2003, 04:24 AM
Bad call against Juju. She fell apart and Davey goes up 0-40 :D

Puss-in-Boots
01-19-2003, 04:25 AM
What a topsy turvy set.... :eek:

lokon
01-19-2003, 04:25 AM
lindsay serving for the match 5-4

Dissident
01-19-2003, 04:25 AM
Lindsay breaks
*wont celebrate just yet*

*serious and focused face*

Scotso
01-19-2003, 04:26 AM
Allan, why are you ignoring the Lleyt forum :p

Puss-in-Boots
01-19-2003, 04:26 AM
OK Linds..... just hold here and close it out....I wanna go make myself something to eat dammit! :p

lokon
01-19-2003, 04:28 AM
OMG Linds 0-30 hello?!? Lindz wake up!

Puss-in-Boots
01-19-2003, 04:28 AM
Ignoring? I've posted three matches worth of netcams there, recently. I just started here for Juanqui's match and remained here from inertia... *shrug*

lokon
01-19-2003, 04:29 AM
dr. peedy wants to stay in good company :)

Dissident
01-19-2003, 04:30 AM
:rolleyes:

Now this is ridiculous...

lokon
01-19-2003, 04:30 AM
Lindsay lost her serve...unbelievable....5-5

Dissident
01-19-2003, 04:31 AM
Alright, it seems Juju wants it now...

:sad:

Puss-in-Boots
01-19-2003, 04:31 AM
ARGH!

lokon
01-19-2003, 04:32 AM
Lindsay get it together!

TennisHack
01-19-2003, 04:32 AM
Netcams posted :)

Goodnight, Layla! :wavey:

Bye to Lee and Leo, who are watching this Lindsay match (which will probably be over by the time I post this . . .)

Congrats to DP!! I hit 8000 while posting netcams, so I lost my 8000th post to a good cause ;) But welcome, deeper into our kingdom of dorks! :D

LMAO, since Mrs. B's been gone I've posted 3000 posts :eek: That's roughly 1000 a week :eek::eek::eek: By the way, her birthday is Sunday, so head over to her thread and give her some congrats or something ;)

Dissident
01-19-2003, 04:34 AM
Henin holds.

FUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

lokon
01-19-2003, 04:35 AM
poor davenport :sad:

she must hold here!

Puss-in-Boots
01-19-2003, 04:35 AM
:eek: :eek: 1000 a week? :eek: Wow!

But yeah.... I feel so special now that I've finally reached the third level of dorkdom! ;)

Dissident
01-19-2003, 04:36 AM
Lindsay is screwed

Im going to bed.

:sad:

lokon
01-19-2003, 04:36 AM
Diss dont go yet! I dont want to be cheering by myself ;)

lokon
01-19-2003, 04:37 AM
Lindsay held finally :rolleyes: Break juju now!

Puss-in-Boots
01-19-2003, 04:38 AM
Diss :sad: don't give up yet....:sad: :sad: :(

C'MON LINDS FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT! :mad:

TennisHack
01-19-2003, 04:39 AM
DISS! :eek:

Well, goodnight then . . .

Yeah, DP, hard to believe, isn't it? Well, Mrs. B's been gone longer than 3 weeks, I think, so not quite that, but pretty damn close :o:o:o:o

lokon
01-19-2003, 04:41 AM
Juju held :mad: Lindsay is completely out of sorts

lokon
01-19-2003, 04:43 AM
Lindsay is going away quickly :sad:

lokon
01-19-2003, 04:46 AM
OMG Lindsay held?! 7-7 This is so crazed :eek:

TennisHack
01-19-2003, 04:48 AM
Ferrero's personal best
Sunday, 19 January, 2003
by Tim Brimblecombe

Tournament No.4 seed Juan Carlos Ferrero is the first player through to the men's quarter-final of Australian Open 2003 with a 6-0, 6-3, 6-2 win against Croatia's Mario Ancic.

In his third appearance at Melbourne Park, the Spaniard is enjoying his best performance after eclipsing his third-round effort in 2000.

Ferrero's has now won 11 of his past 13 matches stretching back to last year's season-ending Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai.

His quarter-final opponent will be the winner of the match between South African Wayne Ferreira and Armenian Sargis Sargsian.

lokon
01-19-2003, 04:49 AM
WOW! :eek: juju cramping trainer is out! this is wonderful drama! 7-7 in the third

TennisHack
01-19-2003, 04:56 AM
Coach threatened to punch McEnroe
By JOHN BROCK, Associated Press Writer
January 18, 2003

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- John McEnroe's take on tennis is winning him friends and enemies in the Australian Open.

Brent Larkham, the brother and coach of Australian player Todd Larkham, revealed Sunday that he threatened to punch the former top-ranked player on Friday.

Brent Larkham was upset after McEnroe criticized his brother's performance in a straight-sets loss to Lleyton Hewitt on Thursday night.

Brent told the Herald Sun newspaper that he'd asked McEnroe to "step outside.''

"I asked him if he wanted to back up his big mouth with a bit of action out in the car park, but he didn't want to,'' Larkham said. "He wouldn't justify what he said other than to say he gets paid to do a job and he calls it the way he sees it.''

McEnroe said he did not believe the match deserved to be played on center court and criticized some of Todd Larkham's playing as "pitiful''.

"It's fine to be critical of my game, if that's what he wants, and I'm OK with that,'' Todd Larkham said. ``But when he gets personal, that's where it is wrong.''

McEnroe is working event for Australia's Channel 7, and as an on-court host following prime-time matches. He interviewed Hewitt after Saturday's win against Radek Stepanek.

"I think it's fantastic he comes all this way to commentate,'' Hewitt said. "I think he really adds a lot of attention and spice to the tournament.''

McEnroe wasn't available for comment.

lokon
01-19-2003, 05:04 AM
Argh! Lindsay lost :sad: *sigh* She had her chances

Puss-in-Boots
01-19-2003, 05:07 AM
*sigh* poor Linds... oh well.. I'm off to get something to eat... :wavey: all!

TennisHack
01-19-2003, 05:08 AM
Lindsay :( 9-7 in the fifth.

lokon
01-19-2003, 05:16 AM
bye doc! Ill get going as well, dont particularly care to watch agassi, plus it will start my day off well if I find out he lost tomorrow morning :):)

:wavey:

TennisHack
01-19-2003, 05:17 AM
Dani's mixed doubles are coming up, but I think I'm going to call it a day.

Bye all! :wavey:

Lee
01-19-2003, 05:19 AM
So everyone is leaving. Bye! :wavey:

Vera
01-19-2003, 05:23 AM
I'm going too. Bye y'all :wavey:

Allez Seb :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Btw, anyone knows what's on tomorrow morning's ESPN coverage?

Lee
01-19-2003, 05:34 AM
We have lots of milestone today!

TH 8000 posts http://www.smilies.org/basesmilies/bowdown.gif
Leo 5000 posts http://www.smilies.org/basesmilies/bravo_happy.gif
Allan 3000 posts http://www.smilies.org/basesmilies/clapclap.gif

I believed I congrat Layla on her 7000 posts already, but, this is a big party so here comes Layla too...

Layla 7000 posts http://www.smilies.org/basesmilies/worship.gif

This calls for a big celebration!

http://www.stopstart.freeserve.co.uk/smilie/rock_band.gif http://www.stopstart.freeserve.co.uk/smilie/singer3.gifhttp://www.stopstart.freeserve.co.uk/smilie/band.gif

http://websmileys.bei.t-online.de/party54.gif http://www.stopstart.freeserve.co.uk/smilie/cheers.gif

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

Lee
01-19-2003, 05:35 AM
Vera, are you still there? I can find out now if you stay for a few minutes?

Vera
01-19-2003, 05:41 AM
Yes Lee. I'm kinda in and out but I'm leaving my comp on. So let me know when you find out. Thanks a lot.

Vera
01-19-2003, 05:43 AM
Originally posted by Lee
We have lots of milestone today!

TH 8000 posts http://www.smilies.org/basesmilies/bowdown.gif
Leo 5000 posts http://www.smilies.org/basesmilies/bravo_happy.gif
Allan 3000 posts http://www.smilies.org/basesmilies/clapclap.gif

This calls for a big celebration!

http://www.stopstart.freeserve.co.uk/smilie/rock_band.gif http://www.stopstart.freeserve.co.uk/smilie/singer3.gifhttp://www.stopstart.freeserve.co.uk/smilie/band.gif

http://websmileys.bei.t-online.de/party54.gif http://www.stopstart.freeserve.co.uk/smilie/cheers.gif

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

I forget to congrat you guys too. Big hands for Leo, Allan and Hackie.

And Juanqui is keeping us glued here. Let's give him a big hands too :D.

Now, be back later to check on the schudule from Lee.

Lee
01-19-2003, 05:52 AM
I want to confirm it first but it seems can't see it again on ESPN2 now but before ESPN2 announce it will be Venus Williams vs Nicole Pratt at 2pm ET. I don't think there will be any changes since they already showed Lindsay's and AA's match, they are not likely to show Seb vs Mantilla, so........ But the original time slot is 3 hours and Venus finished the match in much less than that, I have no idea what will be the rest.

Lee
01-19-2003, 05:56 AM
AA is destroying Coria and the match will be over real soon. Even PMac has to admit Juanqui will be the only candidate likely to take AA out.

Lee
01-19-2003, 06:00 AM
New avatar for Emma http://www.smilies.org/basesmilies/yaisse.gifand I envy you having all those matches from Rogi, Carlos, Dani, Kimmi while we poor souls here are stuck with you know who!

Lee
01-19-2003, 06:04 AM
quote:
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LMAO. ESPN tennis is the worse sex anyone would want, unless you are mandy
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Lee
01-19-2003, 06:09 AM
Liverpool won their 1st league match since Nov 2nd 1-0

Trying to find a pic for the win but not can't find any. Will try later. Great win Liverpool. May be they listen when I told them to cheer you up Emma! :D :D See it the magic work again:

Liverpool boys, you better win a few more match to cheer up Emma!

Lee
01-19-2003, 06:15 AM
I'm a huge fan of Kwan and Yagudin.... well, as huge as I can be anyway.... the only time figure skating ever gets televised here is during the winter olys...

Great, I can cheer them for you, Allan, when there are coverage here but it's not much better than OZ. (Consider water hardly frozen here). There are much more coverage when I was still in Canada. Yagudin is so fun to watch and Kwan is always so graceful.

Lee
01-19-2003, 06:23 AM
Tara Lapinski :fiery:

$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ That's the only thing she sees, fights, works, etc, etc. for $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

May be that's perfect for olympics now cos that's the only thing most of the atheletes and the organizations looks for. MONEY

Lee
01-19-2003, 06:54 AM
Henin-Hardenne triumphs
Sunday, 19 January, 2003


Justine Henin-Hardenne has won through to the quarter-finals of the Australian Open with an epic 7-5, 5-7, 9-7 victory over Lindsay Davenport.

In a gruelling three-hour, 13 minute contest Henin-Hardenne hit 52 winners to Davenport's 39 and delivered a top serve of 147km/h.

After racing to a 4-1 lead, the Belgian was just two points away from the match in the second set, but to the delight of the crowd Davenport fought on.

In the third set it was the turn of the American to gallop 4-1 up, but like Henin-Hardenne she was unable to sustain the advantage and soon they were level-pegging once more.

The pair battled it out toe-to-toe thereafter, with some impressively long rallies and flamboyant shot-making, but there was to be yet more drama.

Having earned herself a match point (which Davenport saved) Henin-Hardenne fell to the court with cramp in her left thigh, calling an injury time out. After what must have seemed like a long three-minutes to Davenport the players returned to the court and, despite her injury, it was Henin-Hardenne who fired.

After serving a second serve ace to go 8-7 up, the Belgian dedicated herself to attacking Davenport's serve, earning herself victory in one of the longest women's singles matches in the tournament's history.

Hats off for Justine!

Lindsay :sad: http://www.smilies.org/basesmilies/1036946517.gif

May be she need to learn again how to put her first serve in or serve her 2nd serve with speed higher than 80mph. Or, how to deliver those killer return of serve. Or, how to close a match, a set or a game...................:sad: :sad: :sad:

Vera
01-19-2003, 06:55 AM
Originally posted by Lee
I want to confirm it first but it seems can't see it again on ESPN2 now but before ESPN2 announce it will be Venus Williams vs Nicole Pratt at 2pm ET. I don't think there will be any changes since they already showed Lindsay's and AA's match, they are not likely to show Seb vs Mantilla, so........ But the original time slot is 3 hours and Venus finished the match in much less than that, I have no idea what will be the rest.

Thx Lee. I actually didn't have coverage tomorrow afternoon :fiery:, TSN is so...gosh, I'm out of word for this. So hopefully Seb makes it a easy match that it's a big miss. I kinda like Felix (cos obviously, I like pretty much all those spaniards on tour). I like that he came back from a lopsided match in TO to beat Lleyton, that's not easy to do. But sorry Felix. I want a quick match for Seb so he can concentrate on beating Ahole in the next one. So...

ALLEZ SEB ALLEZ :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Vera
01-19-2003, 06:55 AM
Oh shit. Seb's match started and he already lost a break :mad:. C'mon Seb.

Lee
01-19-2003, 06:57 AM
Vera, do you know why Coria retired?

Vera
01-19-2003, 06:57 AM
Originally posted by Lee

Hats off for Justine!

Lindsay :sad: http://www.smilies.org/basesmilies/1036946517.gif

May be she need to learn how to put her first serve in or serve her 2nd serve with speed higher than 80mph.

I'm sad for Lindsay. But happy for Juju. She also need a big win to boost her confident.

Lee
01-19-2003, 06:59 AM
Originally posted by Vera
Oh shit. Seb's match started and he already lost a break :mad:. C'mon Seb.

Well, you can't win with 17% first serve and 8 UE in 3 games.

GO SEB GO!

Vera
01-19-2003, 06:59 AM
Not sure. Someone in the score thread said something wrong with the leg/foot? Too bad he didn't even give Ahole a run for the money. Oh well :(.

Lee
01-19-2003, 07:01 AM
They make live so easy for AA! *sign*

Vera
01-19-2003, 07:01 AM
Originally posted by Lee
Well, you can't win with 17% first serve and 8 UE in 3 games.

GO SEB GO!

:mad: Seb, concentrate...c'mon, I'm yet to see Seb on TV, not even a point (I must have missed the recap too :( ). You got to give me a chance. C'mon!

Lee
01-19-2003, 07:02 AM
Originally posted by Vera
I'm sad for Lindsay. But happy for Juju. She also need a big win to boost her confident.

I think this is her 1st win in 6 encounters.

Vera
01-19-2003, 07:04 AM
Originally posted by Lee
They make live so easy for AA! *sign*

I'm beginning to believe this is AA's tournament now. He's getting all the breaks :fiery:. Someone needs to make an end to this AA good fortune.

Seb just saved a bp. Damn, slap out of it already. C'mon.

Vera
01-19-2003, 07:05 AM
another bp saved. But you are giving him too many opportunities.
C'mon now.

Lee
01-19-2003, 07:05 AM
Put your first serve in SEBBB!

Lee
01-19-2003, 07:06 AM
Not much better with 1st serve but at least win some point with 2nd. Now cut down UE.

Vera
01-19-2003, 07:07 AM
Finally saved a services game. Now gotta break back.

Vera
01-19-2003, 07:09 AM
Originally posted by Lee
I think this is her 1st win in 6 encounters.

I heard. I didn't know that before hand. But it's great for her.
*duck from Leo's flying object throwing at me*.

Lee
01-19-2003, 07:10 AM
Just saw on the score board that Virginia Ruano Pascal's team retired from mixed double after losing 1st set. Hopefully, it has nothing to do with her.

Vera
01-19-2003, 07:10 AM
Argh! 4-1. Seb. C'mon.

Lee
01-19-2003, 07:11 AM
Originally posted by Vera
I heard. I didn't know that before hand. But it's great for her.
*duck from Leo's flying object throwing at me*.

And may be Dissident but not from me since I am a very reasonable person. :D :D

Vera
01-19-2003, 07:13 AM
OMG. 0-30. What the hell is his serve :sad:

Lee
01-19-2003, 07:14 AM
Yes, Vera, watching those scoreboards are harder on your heart than watching the game. You can't see how the points are going on, they just pop out and in between, you are twisting your fingers, hands, arms,...........

Lee
01-19-2003, 07:15 AM
Looks like I have to keep repeating this to Seb.

Get your first serve in SEEEEBBBBBBBBBBB

Cut down your UEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

Vera
01-19-2003, 07:15 AM
0-40 to deuce. Yes, change the momentum right here right now.

Vera
01-19-2003, 07:17 AM
Originally posted by Lee
And may be Dissident but not from me since I am a very reasonable person. :D :D

Thanks. So I just have to watch out from 2 directions :) .

Lee
01-19-2003, 07:17 AM
It seems my yells are working but I can't keep up anymore SEB!

Vera
01-19-2003, 07:18 AM
What a struggle to hold serve :( . Maybe to try breaking is easy. Seb down 2-4. Now try break back.

Originally posted by Lee
Yes, Vera, watching those scoreboards are harder on your heart than watching the game. You can't see how the points are going on, they just pop out and in between, you are twisting your fingers, hands, arms,...........

Especially that A that pops out in the wrong box, can give me a heart attack just right there :o .

Vera
01-19-2003, 07:20 AM
2 bps. C'mon Seb, take one.

Lee
01-19-2003, 07:21 AM
And sometimes you don't know whether the point is stilling going or that damn board just frozen up. Then suddenly, a few games actually passed already.

Lee
01-19-2003, 07:21 AM
BREAKKKKKKKK SEBBBBBBBBB!

Vera
01-19-2003, 07:22 AM
Broke back. Merci. Now listen to Lee, serve better and cut down the UE.

In the meantime, let's enjoy his closeup :D

Vera
01-19-2003, 07:24 AM
damn, 0-30 again. Can't you just serve better ? :(

Lee
01-19-2003, 07:24 AM
And with this year's sea of RED, the cloud 9 that Carlos & Rogi wera and something like this which is worn by his opponents now

Lee
01-19-2003, 07:25 AM
I rather prefer Seb's simplicity.

Lee
01-19-2003, 07:26 AM
HOLLLLLLDDDDDDDDD SEEBBBBBBBBBB!

Vera
01-19-2003, 07:27 AM
another bp already, how many now, i've lost count :sad:

Vera
01-19-2003, 07:27 AM
another break of serve of Seb :sad:

Lee
01-19-2003, 07:28 AM
9 bp and his 18UE contributes more than 1/2 of the points Felix win.

Vera
01-19-2003, 07:29 AM
Okay, the way he plays, there's no chance of beating Ahole. And right now, he can't even beat Mantilla. What's going on? Where's the form he used to beat Nico ?

Vera
01-19-2003, 07:30 AM
Okay, still early, there's still hope. Just you snap out of it right now.

Vera
01-19-2003, 07:31 AM
I like Nico Escude's outfit. Not much on it but looks very gentlemently.

And now Seb let Felix saved 2 bps.

Vera
01-19-2003, 07:32 AM
And that A popped out on the wrong box again :mad:

Lee
01-19-2003, 07:32 AM
Seb, settle down!!!! Felix only have 3 winners with and 11 UE. He can't win the match when you cut down your UE.

Vera
01-19-2003, 07:32 AM
First set, 6-3 Mantilla :sad:

Lee
01-19-2003, 07:34 AM
OK! Forget about 1st set which you contribute close to 2/3 of the points Felix win.
Pleeeeeeeeeeease settle down!

Vera
01-19-2003, 07:36 AM
Originally posted by Lee
Seb, settle down!!!! Felix only have 3 winners with and 11 UE. He can't win the match when you cut down your UE.

But he will take it if you hand it to Felix :mad:

Talking about handing the match to someone, I'm still pissed at Nico for handing his match to Ahole. Also hated that fact that PMac said Ahole played well to beat Nico. Excuse me, Nico just beat himself, Ahole wasn't in any control in that match at all. :mad:

Vera
01-19-2003, 07:36 AM
Granted though, Ahole did well staying with Nico, knowing that brain-cramp will come sooner or later.

Vera
01-19-2003, 07:38 AM
Thanks for holding. 1-0 Seb.

Lee
01-19-2003, 07:38 AM
Originally posted by Vera
But he will take it if you hand it to Felix :mad:

Talking about handing the match to someone, I'm still pissed at Nico for handing his match to Ahole. Also hated that fact that PMac said Ahole played well to beat Nico. Excuse me, Nico just beat himself, Ahole wasn't in any control in that match at all. :mad:

You should start learning how to tune out PMac's commentary during matches. :D :D. I have another discussion in Gotennis about Mr. Washington and I said I ignore about 99% of what he said.

Lee
01-19-2003, 07:40 AM
Originally posted by Vera
Granted though, Ahole did well staying with Nico, knowing that brain-cramp will come sooner or later.

AA is as mentally strong as Hewitt most of the time, except he is facing Pete.

Vera
01-19-2003, 07:41 AM
3 bp opportunties and lost one, 2 to go. C'mon

Lee
01-19-2003, 07:42 AM
See, Seb, you can win 2 games with only 1 winner and 0UE.

Vera
01-19-2003, 07:42 AM
2-0 Seb :)

Nothing wrong with your racket, you control the serve. Now serve better and consolidate your break!

Vera
01-19-2003, 07:44 AM
Originally posted by Lee
You should start learning how to tune out PMac's commentary during matches. :D :D. I have another discussion in Gotennis about Mr. Washington and I said I ignore about 99% of what he said.

I know. But I'm also curious of what they say, though they never surprise me :rolleyes: .

Another bp :(

Lee
01-19-2003, 07:45 AM
Sebbbbbbbb! All 3 points Felix have are your UEEEEEEEEE.

Vera
01-19-2003, 07:47 AM
114km/h serve, that's so slow. Another bp.

Vera
01-19-2003, 07:48 AM
Hey, from bp to hold serve. Good jump of the scoreboard :).

Lee
01-19-2003, 07:49 AM
Seb has 4 UE just in this game. :fiery: :fiery: :fiery:

Vera
01-19-2003, 07:49 AM
Damn, I'm out of my mind. He was leading 2-0 and now it's 2-1. He got broken again. See what you did to me, Seb :mad:

Vera
01-19-2003, 07:50 AM
Seb, you can play better than this. Pls do it now.

Vera
01-19-2003, 07:52 AM
2 all. Now, will you f**king hold your serve :mad:

Lee
01-19-2003, 07:53 AM
Sorry Vera, too tired to cheer for Seb anymore. See you! :wavey:

Vera
01-19-2003, 07:54 AM
Good nite Lee. :wavey:

I hope Seb will give me something to cheer for.

Vera
01-19-2003, 07:55 AM
Another serve game, another break point.

Vera
01-19-2003, 07:58 AM
Another break :fiery: now Seb is down a break at 2-3 :sad:

Vera
01-19-2003, 08:01 AM
Do I need to call the King of Spain to help you out on this one? C'mon Seb.

Vera
01-19-2003, 08:02 AM
down a set and a break. 4-2 Mantilla.

Vera
01-19-2003, 08:05 AM
bp again.

Vera
01-19-2003, 08:06 AM
broken again. 2-5 Seb.

Vera
01-19-2003, 08:06 AM
This is hopeless :sad:

Vera
01-19-2003, 08:12 AM
bp Seb, just get one back, will ya?

Vera
01-19-2003, 08:18 AM
Lost the second set 6-2. 2 sets to none, Mantilla.
Okay, this is it. Enough torture for me, so I'm gonna call it a day. Just give me a miracle, Seb.

If Mantilla wins this, he's gonna give Ahole another day of a walk in the park :mad:. This Aussie Open is doomed.

Good nite :wavey:

Vera
01-19-2003, 09:42 AM
Can't really sleep without knowing how Seb's fare. Can't even leave the scoreboard for a second :o . Gosh, I'm even addicted to the scoreboard. But it pays off as Seb fought his way back from the dead. Even now at 2 sets all:D . A little hiccup as he couldn't convert a mp on Mantilla's serve at 5-1 and then lost his own serve when serving for the 4th set. But he recovered and break Mantilla to take the 4th.

Mantilla also seems to have some problem, I saw the trainer out. Shouldn't be cramp since it's nite time, but not sure. Seb seems to find his range for the serve as his serve game is getting easier.

Anyway, I just felt I might be a jinx for cheering him here pt by pt at the first 2 sets so I'll go now.

Please, Seb, after all these hard work, just take this match. You deserve it.

Allez Seb Allez :bounce:

Puss-in-Boots
01-19-2003, 09:45 AM
:wavey: Hi and bye Vera!

I was just going to say...wow, Seb's making a comeback! :)

Puss-in-Boots
01-19-2003, 10:25 AM
... and Grosjean wins! 3-6 2-6 6-3 6-3 6-3! :bounce:

Well done Seb! :D

Vera
01-19-2003, 10:26 AM
Hi Allan.

Seb won :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:. Nice comeback.

Vera
01-19-2003, 10:29 AM
But Felix helped. He had a lower back problem during the match and trainer was out often.

Puss-in-Boots
01-19-2003, 10:30 AM
:wavey: Vera! :)

I'm off again, to make myself some dinner!

Puss-in-Boots
01-19-2003, 10:31 AM
It's a shame his back was giving him problems :( but....

LMAO, what a funny looking picture! :o

Vera
01-19-2003, 10:34 AM
But Felix is a fighter. He was broken twice in the 5th but broke right back each time. Finally can't do it at the 3 break.

Good effort from Seb as he didn't give up after losing the first 2 sets. Serve was really sub-par though, not even at 50%. He must raise his game next time when he meet Ahole. Hope this tough one will make him prepared.

Now, I can go to back :) and have some really sweet dreams. Bonne Nuit!

A beautiful closeup of Seb. Merci for the effort :) .

Vera
01-19-2003, 10:34 AM
Nite Allan :wavey:

vaiva
01-19-2003, 01:39 PM
Good morning (day) :wavey:

First I want to congratulate Daniela on becoming the new #5 in the world :bounce:

TBE is doing updates of girls rankings on the WTA board, so if you want to see the points, go here:

http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=52977&perpage=40&pagenumber=1

Lindsay stays at #10, but Myskina and Rubin are getting closer to her

vaiva
01-19-2003, 01:58 PM
Should I say that I'm really disappointed with Lindsay? Everybody is saying that she is no longer able to close tight matches or has become the biggest choker on the WTA tour. In some way, they are right: how many finals has she lost after comeback?

On the other hand, I don't think she has problems with closing matches. She has problems with STARTING them. So often she starts her matches slowly with too many UEs. She puts herself immediately under big pressure, the her serve deserts her and she has to play the game of "catch me up if you can". Which is too dangerous when you play any of the top players who are ranked so high in the world because they know how to capitalise on any mistakes made by the opponent and can punish them severely.

Yesterday's match was just :mad: So many balls dumped into the net by Lindsay. So many identical mistakes :(

Now the only hope I have is that the new coach will be able to bring back that something in Lindsay which made her a great champion. I mean, there is no need to change her game - she is one of the cleanest ball hitters, has a good serve, powerful grandstrokes and soft hands at the net. She just needs to string all these separate elements together and bring the entire package on court.

Good luck Lindsay :kiss:

vaiva
01-19-2003, 02:12 PM
Am I the only one who finds it strange that some girls wear the outfits in which they seem to feel uncomfortable on the court? For instance, that skirt of Juju - it is so tight that she is always pulling the skirt down after evey point she plays. Venus was wearing such a short skirt that I could see her light grey panties (or whatever they are called in tennis) which I found quite ugly. And she was also regularly pulling the skirt down. Not to mention the ugly cat-suit :o

I mean, there are so many distracting factors on the court (sun, noise, wind, good play of your opponent) that the girls do not need to be bothered by their outfits. Or it's just another prove of the saying that "beauty requires sacrifices" (as we say in Lithuania)?

vaiva
01-19-2003, 02:16 PM
And last, but not least :D, congrats to Juanqui!!!!!!

Wow, this was a complete blowout of poor Mario. Very impressive!!!

Good luck JCF in the quarters against Wayne :bounce:

vaiva
01-19-2003, 03:10 PM
Found an article you may enjoy reading:

NOTES ON A DRAW SHEET

Agassi, Juan Carlos set to collide?
Lindsay vs. Justine; Dani v. Patty; WTA's search for leadership

By Matthew Cronin
tennisreporters.net

Before we take a deep bow to Andre Agassi after every changeover like some of the TV analysts do :D, let's quickly review his gutsy four-set win over Nicolas Escude. While Andre was very impressive playing defense, his offense left a lot to be desired at times, especially his second serve. There's no way a 32-year-old man is going to out-slug a lanky free swinger like Escude, but if Agassi is going to grab his fourth Aussie Open title, he had better take a few more risks in his service games. Agassi's next opponent, Argentine Guillermo Coria, is on a roll and should he survive that contest, the Las Vegan could face his French nemesis, No. 12 seed Sebastien Grosjean, in the quarters.

For more than a few moments there, it looked like Juan Carlos Ferrero was going to suffer another ignominious defeat at a non-clay court Grand Slam, but he pulled out a doozy against Fabrice Santoro, winning 4-6, 6-3, 4-6, 6-2, 7-5. Now he'll face Croatia's Mario Ancic, who's having a bang-up tournament. "I saw that he has a very good serve, no mistakes from the base of the line, and he goes a lot of times to the net, so is going to be tough," said the No. 4 seed Ferrero, who has clear sailing to the semis (and possibly Agassi) should he not fold up his tent or future injure his abductor muscle.

The fact that Felix Mantilla is still in the tournament while Albert Costa and Carlos Moya are gone shows that many of the Spaniards are still not preparing properly for the Aussie Open. Rebound Ace should be a very suitable surface for all the better hombres.

Lindsay v. Justine; Dani v. Patty

Lindsay Davenport will face Justine Henin Hardenne in the fourth round, a tough draw for both players. The last time the two played (in Zurich) Davenport won in straight sets and Henin said she thought that Davenport faked an injury. Justine has never beaten Davenport and has a lot of trouble with players who crunch a big, flat ball.

"I laughed about it a little bit because I won the first set, and then I got hurt, so I wasn't quite sure why she thought I would fake it," Davenport said. I think she was frustrated. If she had played a smarter game out there, there's no way I could have won. She couldn't hit a ball on the court all of a sudden when I called the trainer out twice. It's definitely something I'm not known for."

While many women's yellowball fans will be tuning in for Henin-Davenport, others will be wonking the Daniela Hantuchova-Patty Schnyder match, which should be a well-fought, emotional, up-and-down affair. Dani is a much cleaner ball striker, but Patty is more accomplished at grubbing out points. Both women have given their more-than-probable opponent, Venus Williams, trouble in the past.

Someone e-mail us and tell us at what moment Paola Suarez decided that her singles career was over and she was better off as a doubles specialist. How she lost to the very beatable Nicole Pratt is beyond us. It sounds like Gaby Sabatini was right when she told us a few months ago that Paola had already peaked as a singles player and she liked Clarisa Fernandez's prospects more (interesting ;))

WTA's search for leadership

http://www.tennisreporters.net/tr.net_photos_art/DAVENPORT_sb_au_03_frown150.jpg

Lindsay Davenport hit the nail right on the head on Friday when asked what she though about WTA CEO's Kevin Wulff's decision to resign.

"It just seems that we cannot find the right person for that job," Davenport said. "We definitely don't want somebody in the job that doesn't love it and doesn't have their heart into it."

The WTA Tour's Board of Directors decision to hire Wulff back in October 2001 now appears to have been a very questionable one, because if things were going so swimmingly, why would Wulff resign from a well-paid, very high profile position at the helm of the women's sports most successful tour to take a management position with adidas USA? Because things weren't going so well and according to tennisreporters.net sources, Wulff was in constant disagreement with both tournament directors and the board over the future of the tour. Word has it that Wulff didn't dig living in St. Petersburg, Fla., either.

"Kevin will be difficult to replace," said board member Lisa Grattan, who is rumored to be one of the candidates for Wulff's job. "But the board is strongly committed to finding the ideal candidate to maintain our momentum and guide the Tour toward an even more exciting and prosperous future."

What truly hurts the tour is that Wulff's resignation comes on the heels of WTA COO Josh Ripple's decision to leave the tour. Now, the tour will be without senior leadership just as the season is beginning. Imagine being new communication hires Dave Larsen and Darrell Fry and not knowing who your new boss is going to be – or whether they will still want you around.

What can Wulff take credit for in 14 months? Nothing very concrete, save for aiding Ripple in securing Porsche as its North American sponsor, extended the tour's multi-year television contract with Eurosport/Regency and and losing Sanex as is title sponsor. Sure, attendance and TV rating were up, but given how many attractive personalities with eye-popping games now make up the tour, you could have stuck a mummified Helen Wills Moody in the CEO chair and watched fans run through the turnstiles.

What Wulff and Ripple didn't do was work out a strategy with the tournament directors whereby the tour was able to secure a few new lucrative overall sponsors without threatening the tournaments' sponsor base. Moreover, the tour's nearly negligible North American TV deals are unworthy of a sport that is so popular.

However, it's not easy to do the job properly when management giants IMG and Octagon constantly have their fingers in the pie.

Davenport says the players don't really care. "I think if we found somebody really great to fall behind, it could make a difference." she said. " But right now we're in a great position because of all the players, how women's tennis is doing right now. We just think it's a matter of time before we find the right person to kind of make women's tennis explode even more. ... There's no question that we want to remain the leading women's sport in the world. You have to just keep up with the times and keep trying to get better and better. I think the players have really done a fantastic job with that, and now we just have to do more in the marketing standpoint all around the world."

Here's the tour's Catch-22: Stay within its ranks or go outside again. One approach that could work is to hire a responsible, fair-minded, well organized, ex-player to be the CEO and a marketing/salesperson to be COO. Potential candidates? Pam Shriver, Kathy Jordan or the soon-to-retire Todd Martin. And why not ask the likes of Gabriela Sabatini – who has been so successful marketing her perfumes – to help with sales?

"It's great to stay within the sport," Davenport said. "In the CEO job as it's described, I think someone with a business background that can be a great business person, man or woman, be a great leader and know the sport is what we're looking for. We cannot find that person. A former player would be great, although I think they would lack everyday sense in the business world, maybe not have as good of contacts as someone in the business world. But we struggled in finding someone who still understands women's tennis and still understands tennis as a sport and all the entities that are involved, and still be a great leader and great business person. ... It's tough."

Leo7
01-19-2003, 04:08 PM
Originally posted by Dr. Peedy
And I'm there!

3-0-0-0

Woohoo! :D

congrats Allan! welcome to the third circle! :bounce:

Leo7
01-19-2003, 04:26 PM
Originally posted by Lee
We have lots of milestone today!

TH 8000 posts http://www.smilies.org/basesmilies/bowdown.gif
Leo 5000 posts http://www.smilies.org/basesmilies/bravo_happy.gif
Allan 3000 posts http://www.smilies.org/basesmilies/clapclap.gif

I believed I congrat Layla on her 7000 posts already, but, this is a big party so here comes Layla too...

Layla 7000 posts http://www.smilies.org/basesmilies/worship.gif

This calls for a big celebration!

http://www.stopstart.freeserve.co.uk/smilie/rock_band.gif http://www.stopstart.freeserve.co.uk/smilie/singer3.gifhttp://www.stopstart.freeserve.co.uk/smilie/band.gif

http://websmileys.bei.t-online.de/party54.gif http://www.stopstart.freeserve.co.uk/smilie/cheers.gif

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

lol Lee, so many smilies. let's party! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :D

Leo7
01-19-2003, 04:33 PM
http://www.australianopen.org/images/pics/large/b_19_02_j_henin_hardenne_l.jpg

great sportsmanship from both girls. :)

well, i think Justine has had her major breakthrough. she finally beat Lindsay, and what a way to do it 9-7 in the 3rd. hopefully this match will give her more confidence in the future in tight situations when she needs to close it out. with the way Juju is playing, she should cruise past Ruano Pascual into the semis, where she will have a strong chance against Venus. maybe a Belgian vs. Belgian Final in the Aussie Open? :D

and what is there to say about Lindsay.. i'm impressed with the way she played this match. she could hav easily given up in the 2nd set but she stayed tough and fought her way back. on those match points against her in the 3rd set i loved how aggressively Linzi played and how she went for her shots. now that's risky tennis. :eek: but i just hope that this inability to close out matches for Davenport doesn't continue throughout the rest of her career. it would just break my heart. :sad: :sad: :sad:

well good luck to Lindsay and Lisa in the doubles. :)

Leo7
01-19-2003, 04:40 PM
. HENIN-HARDENNE/L. Davenport
7-5, 5-7, 9-7

MODERATOR: Questions for Lindsay.

Q. Do you think she was faking it?
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: No, no (laughter).

Q. Were you tempted to give her a hard time of the injury after last time at all? Did it enter your mind at all?
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: No. I'm way above that.

Q. Was this one of the most dramatic, epic matches you've ever played?
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: I think it probably was. There were so many twists and turns to the match, so many times where the momentum would go up and down, up and down. Yeah, I mean, I've never had someone start to cramp and fall over. I never thought that I would be more fresh after a three-hour match than my opponent ever in my life.
You know, a lot of times when you're in that position, you either play great or you play bad. Obviously, she started going for it. The level of tennis that she was able to come up with was just too good.

Q. Was there ever a time when you thought, "I've won"? Was there ever a time you thought, "I've lost"?
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: No. You never think about that. Down a set and then up in the third, I never thought either way. I've played this game long enough to know that the match isn't over absolutely until match point. Certainly at the time in the third, I had momentum. Certainly in the second, I was down and out. That's why you play all the way to the end.

Q. When she was down on the court, did you think she would come back?
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: I thought she would come back. Even if you just stand there and play. You know, obviously there's a sense of concern when she fell on the floor. You know, I kind of watched her go out and I heard the crowd. That's kind of when I looked over, so I didn't see her fall.
There's no question that something was happening with her leg cramping. I think it was cramps. I'm actually not even positive.
You know, she was obviously hurting there for a little while.

Q. You'd obviously won five times before. What did she do differently today?
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: She played a lot better, a lot more consistent than any time I played her in the past. She was able, at the end, to come up with some great shots. I actually think that maybe a little bit of the cramping helped her maybe just loosen up and go for shots. I played her a lot of times when she's been up and couldn't quite put it away. Today she came up with some great shots at the end. I think that she played a lot more percentage tennis. She didn't go for a lot of quick up the line shots like she has in the past with some errors. Her slice was very good, very low today. She didn't really float a lot of them.
In a match like that, at the end it comes down to a few points. Could have gone my way, but it didn't.

Q. Do you think she won on the mental front?
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: You know, it was just so back and forth. I mean, one or two points in a match. I said it last week when I won 7-6 in the third, I think actually a lot of times that's luck.

Q. Were you surprised that she didn't hit any dropshots? Did you notice?
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: You know, I haven't even thought about that yet. Sorry.

Q. What happened on her second service after the injury break?
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: That's way too good. After that she hit a second serve, she hit the corner. What can you do? You can't do anything except shake your head, walk to the other side and say, "Too good." Like I said, she came up with some great shots. That was a very tough serve to be able to come and pull out.

Q. What did you two say to each other after a match like this?
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: I've played her many times before. You know, sometimes she doesn't say anything. I wished her luck and told her she played a great match. That was it.

Q. You seem very philosophical about the whole thing. You don't look at it and think, "The game is built on her court speed, she comes back after a cramp, not working very well, I'm disappointed, I should have won"?
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: Of course, I'm disappointed. You don't know me well enough to know how I really feel or what I'm like.
After you play the game a long time and you lose a match by a couple of points, there's no reason to beat yourself up over it.
I would have been a lot more disappointed if I had lost 5, 1 and played as bad as I started off the match playing.
You know, there's not a lot really to say except I tried my absolute hardest out there. I went for every point. I tried up until the very end, even if I lost leads, come back from leads. I'm very proud of that.

Q. Have you ever played a match as long as that before?
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: I really don't think so. You know, I tend not to have too long of matches because I don't really have long rallies a lot of times. I think that's probably the longest I played. I think it was a little over three hours maybe.

Q. 3 hours 15.
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: Yeah, I'm pretty positive (smiling).

Q. Did you feel any signs of cramping yourself?
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: No.

Q. Do you feel the level, her level of play, was good enough to eventually beat Venus in the semifinals and Kim or Serena in the finals?
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: You know, it's so hard to compare games with certain players to other players. She certainly came up with a lot of great shots on big points today. You know, I can't answer that. Sorry.

Q. Considering a year ago almost exactly you were having surgery, are you amazed how well you were able to get yourself in condition?
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: You know, it's been a long time since surgery. I'm trying to move forward from that. It was unfortunate it happened a year ago. Once you come back to the tour and you decide to play a tournament, you have to be ready to go and have no excuses.
But I'm very proud of the shape that I've managed to get myself in over the years. It took a lot of years and a lot of hard work.
I'm not giving up tennis yet. I'm happy to still be playing. Even though I'm lost I'm happy and proud of myself with the way I handled everything out there, happy I didn't get tired for once.

Q. What did your coach say to you?
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: I haven't seen him. I went right into the locker room to shower. Came in here to see you guys first (smiling).

Q. When you know that she's hurt like that, does that change the way you play?
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: You know, I probably didn't go for my shots as much as I would like. Like I said, I really didn't know what to expect when she came back. You know, she came back, and she was still running balls down and was able to really go after her shots and make them.
You know, I probably should have put a little bit more pressure on her, but I didn't want to make a lot of errors in the beginning.
But after that game where she held, she had a long game, I knew she was doing okay. I mean, like I said, she was running for some balls and coming up with some good shots and still serving quite well and at a fairly high speed.
You know, I can't kick myself over too much because I've never quite been in that situation. I didn't know really how to play it. You know, like I said, if someone can come up with a lot of winners and a lot of great shots, that's what it takes to beat you, then that's too good.

i don't think i've ever seen a more up-and-down match in my life. :eek:

Lee
01-19-2003, 04:57 PM
MODERATOR: Questions for Lindsay.

Q. Do you think she was faking it?
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: No, no (laughter).

Q. Were you tempted to give her a hard time of the injury after last time at all? Did it enter your mind at all?
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: No. I'm way above that.

These questions are the stupidest of the world but I KNOW they will ask her.

Lee
01-19-2003, 05:04 PM
Good morning Leo, zosse and whoever is here!

Leo, I love smilies :) :)

I just finished watching Lindsay's match last night and tried not to type anything about for a while. So I spend lots of them digging at those smilies. :D :D

I am not disappointed last night but there are many parts of her game needs work on. I am not talking about changing her game, it just need work.

Lee
01-19-2003, 05:06 PM
:bounce: Seb :bounce:

Great come back!

Francine
01-19-2003, 05:06 PM
:wavey: Yay for Juanqui :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: I didn't get to see it (duh, big pffft @ eurosport, although I understand from Layla that they did show a few points, there not showing any matches today, in the weekend there only broadcastin live, when i'm A-SLEEP) but I'm glad he had such an easy match!

Francine
01-19-2003, 05:07 PM
btw, I can't believe the amount of posting last night! I had to go through 45 pages :eek: :eek: :eek:

Lee
01-19-2003, 05:08 PM
Hi and Bye Francine! :wavey:

Francine
01-19-2003, 05:09 PM
Bye Lee :wavey:

Leo7
01-19-2003, 05:18 PM
Originally posted by Lee
Good morning Leo, zosse and whoever is here!

Leo, I love smilies :) :)

I just finished watching Lindsay's match last night and tried not to type anything about for a while. So I spend lots of them digging at those smilies. :D :D

I am not disappointed last night but there are many parts of her game needs work on. I am not talking about changing her game, it just need work.

i agree, her whole game needs work. i think she still has room for improvement on her serve, return, and volleys. i was really mad last night at first so i didn't come back on the boards (i would have been very negative) but i've cooled down and i'm really happy for Justine. she is a classy competitor.

but omg i was so mad at this one fucking asshole who called Lindsay an ugly whore. what a fucking jackass. honestly i can't stand most Juju fans. :fiery:

bye Lee. :wavey:

Leo7
01-19-2003, 05:21 PM
i'm gonna go too. bye everybody! :wavey:

TennisHack
01-19-2003, 07:29 PM
:wavey: Afternoon, all!

Wow, that Seb match was . . . wow :eek: I'm very glad he came back to win because I think he has a better chance of challenging Agassihole than Mantilla. And what did I say, Coria :rolleyes: didn't do a damn thing against Ahole except give him more confidence. :rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:

The Ferrero-Ferreira match will be interesting. Once again, Dissident predicted correctly, and I hope Juan Carlos is still on top of things. I think he will be -- as we were discussing last night, that win over Santoro probably gave him tons of confidence and helped him settle into his game :) And look where he is -- the quarters!! :):):) What a wonderful way to start the new season! :):):)

As for Lindsay/Justine, well -- what a match as well!! Was it shown on ESPN? Cause I really would like to see it. I saw pictures of Justine cramping on Yahoo! and she really looked to be in pain. Both Lindsay and Justine are very classy competitors so kudos to them for a killer match ;)

Today is the first time I'm not going to be able to follow Kimmy's match :( She finally got the primo night match on Rod Laver, which unfortunately is like 4:30 am or something like that for me :( So if someone's around, please cheer for her for me! :)

James & Rainer are playing tonight, first up on Vodafone. Dani and James are also playing doubles, both on MCA :) I have no idea why Ruano Pascual/Schneiter retired from their mixed match, but I guess it has something to do with Schneiter because Virginia is still listed in the other draws.

I hope Dani can repeat her performances in the doubles draws :) Kimmy and Sugiyama play the Williams sisters next, so :eek: that would be a good match. I wonder if it'd have bearing on the singles matches to come . . .

TennisHack
01-19-2003, 07:46 PM
Some NY Times articles :)

Roddick and Blake Wave the Red, White and Blue in Australia
By CHRISTOPHER CLAREY

MELBOURNE, Australia, Jan. 18 — The dynamic has changed in a hurry. While Andy Roddick was recently carrying all of the burden of trying to replace American tennis's greatest generation, there is another lifter now, and there may be more muscle on the way.

For now, Roddick and James Blake are sharing the primary load, and at least through three rounds of the Australian Open, both appear to be thriving under the new arrangement: moving and striking their huge forehands convincingly.

Friends, practice partners and Davis Cup teammates, Roddick and Blake are in the Round of 16 here for the first time, and Mardy Fish, a frequent accomplice in off-court tomfoolery, could have easily joined them, if not for a missed backhand volley against Wayne Ferreira in the third round.

"I'm not really surprised," Roddick said. "I think it was just a matter of us winning matches at the same tournament. James has been winning pretty consistently last year. I won some matches, too. Mardy's been coming up. He started doing really well in the challengers, kind of when the main circuit ended. He was playing some good ball coming in here."

More important now is that Roddick and Blake play excellent tennis from here on out. The ninth-seeded Roddick's next opponent will be Mikhail Youzhny, who won the decisive point for Russia in December's Davis Cup final against France despite never having played a Davis Cup match that counted before. Youzhny, who, like Roddick, is still 20, has won their last two matches.

"He's nails upstairs," Roddick said.

Translation: Youzhny is one tough cookie.

Blake has potentially safer passage. While third-seeded Marat Safin, a former United States Open champion, was his likely fourth-round opponent, Safin withdrew from the tournament today because of torn ligaments in his left wrist. So, Blake will face 31st-seeded Rainer Schuettler of Germany, who received a walkover.

Roddick has reached the second week at a Grand Slam event before, losing in the United States Open quarterfinals the last two years. The 23rd-seeded Blake is in uncharted territory, which explains why he was even more enthusiastic and expansive than usual after his four-set victory over the Spaniard Alberto Martín in the third round. It was his first match on the Australian Open's main stage, Rod Laver Arena, with its soaring retractable roof and superb sight lines.

"I sometimes need to pinch myself and think about the fact that I'm out on an arena like this today and playing a sport that I love for a living," said the late-blooming Blake, who left Harvard after his sophomore year to turn professional. "I don't think anyone would have guessed that I'd be a professional athlete with the way my body is put together, with as unathletic as I kind of looked when I was younger probably. It's definitely a dream come true."

So much for the standard, world-weary tennis pro spiel about "one match at a time." But Blake has not been a factor long enough to become jaded, and perhaps he won't.

"He's the epitome of a gentleman; just a very kind individual," Serena Williams, the world's No. 1 women's player, said after her exceedingly routine 6-1, 6-1 victory over Tamarine Tanasugarn of Thailand in the third round.

"He could definitely run for state governor and then president eventually because he says all the right things. I always have my notebook when I'm talking to James."

Well, maybe not all the right things. Asked on Friday whether he missed the intellectual stimulation of Harvard, he answered, "It's pretty easy to find stimulation if you just carry a book around with you," then quickly rose to the tennis circuit's defense.

"There are some pretty intelligent players out there, as well," he said, naming his fellow American Todd Martin, then having considerable difficulty coming up with another name.

"Let me think of a few more," he said, looking embarrassed. "Totally just kidding."

Roddick suggested that he would be the one feeling embarrassed if he had to wear the muscle shirt that Blake has been wearing on court this week. It was the same sleeveless style ruled inappropriate at the United States Open last year when Tommy Haas tried to wear it, but the shirt has since been approved, and Blake finds it less constricting and cooler than classic attire.

"I think in a few years, it's going to be pretty common," he said.

Not on Roddick.

"If I wore a sleeveless shirt, people would try to feed me after the match," he said. "If you got the guns, go for it. I've got two breadsticks sticking out of my sleeves. I'll stick with sleeves."

With Andre Agassi also in the fourth round, the Americans have more players at this stage of the tournament than any other nation, an upgrade from last year when Pete Sampras was their only representative. Five American women are in the final 16. Tenth-seeded Chanda Rubin and No. 25 Meghann Shaughnessy both advanced with straight-set victories today: Rubin defeated Barbara Schwartz of Austria, 6-3, 6-2, and Shaughnessy overwhelmed the Czech qualifier Klara Koukalova.

Koukalova upset Monica Seles in the second round, and if there were any remaining doubts that it was due to Seles's playing on a sprained ankle, the convincing nature of Shaughnessy's 6-1, 6-3 victory quickly dispelled them.

Both Shaughnessy and Rubin will face talented Russians with American coaches in the next round. Shaughnessy plays the towering 20th-seeded Yelena Bovina, who today defeated No. 11 Magdalena Maleeva, 7-5, 4-6, 7-5. Rubin plays eighth-seeded Anastasiya Myskina, who held off the left-handed Argentine Clarisa Fernandez, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.

Serena Williams, who struggled in the first round against Emilie Loit of France, could get her second test of the tournament when she plays 18th-seeded seed Eleni Daniilidou of Greece in the next round. Williams and her sister Venus, who faces unseeded Nicole Pratt of Australia, also have an intriguing doubles opponent in the next round: Martina Navratilova, 46, and her 17-year-old doubles partner, Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia.



And, looks like you were right, Diss ;):

MATCH POINTS
Even with the injured MARTINA HINGIS's future on court in doubt, her family continues to make news. It was reported by Reuters in Zurich on Saturday that Hingis's mother, MELANIE MOLITOR, would coach MYRIAM CASANOVA of Switzerland. The 17-year-old Casanova, ranked 53rd in the world, will work daily with Molitor, LEO CASANOVA, Myriam's father, told the Swiss daily TagBlatt.

Casanova made her pro debut in 1999 and won her first WTA title in Brussels last year. She has also been part of the Swiss Fed Cup team.

Hingis said this week that she might be forced to retire because of a persistent ankle problem.

TennisHack
01-19-2003, 07:48 PM
For Henin-Hardenne, an Enduring Victory
By CHRISTOPHER CLAREY


MELBOURNE, Australia, Jan. 19 — Despite losing a convincing lead in the second set and despite looking as if she had just been rescued from the desert late in the third set as she sat on her courtside chair covered in ice bags, Justine Henin-Hardenne managed to change her luck against Lindsay Davenport today.

Henin-Hardenne's 7-5, 5-7, 9-7 victory in the 3-hour-13-minute match was as much a triumph over her own frailties as it was a victory over Davenport. Clearly one of the most talented players on tour, with her quick feet and single-handed backhand suitable for framing, she has shown a tendency to overthink and overhit under big-match pressure. In five previous matches, she had never beaten Davenport.

But the fifth-seeded Henin-Hardenne is in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open for the second consecutive year. Midway through the final set, it looked much more like the ninth-seeded Davenport, a former champion here, would end up feeling fulfilled when she broke Henin-Hardenne's serve twice to take a 4-1 lead.

"I'm sure a lot of people were thinking that I wasn't going to be able to handle the pressure again," Henin-Hardenne said. "At the end, I thought I had lost my chances, but I found some calm inside myself: a calm I haven't had before."

What happened next was true to the tone and rhythm of this free-swinging, mood-swinging match: the Belgian won the next three games getting back to 4-4. True to the plot once more, she then lost her serve, allowing Davenport to serve for the match. Did Davenport capitalize? Not on your life. So on it went on a gorgeous summer afternoon in Rod Laver Arena: 5-5, 6-5, 6-5, 7-6 then 7-7 after Davenport saved Henin-Hardenne's first match point with a good first serve up the middle.

On the second point of the next game, Henin-Hardenne crumpled to the hardcourt surface near the baseline shortly after missing her first serve, clutching at her cramping left thigh. She then lay flat on her back, clearly in considerable pain.

Henin-Hardenne, the newly married Belgian, soon had company, as the Tour supervisor, Donna Kelso, Davenport and the trainer Deb Lenaghan came to her assistance. After limping to her chair, she took a three-minute injury timeout as Lenaghan placed ice bags on her neck, upper body and legs.

When she returned gingerly to the court, she hit an ace on her next serve, pushing off her left leg in the process. "Amazing," Henin-Hardenne said. "Maybe then I was thinking that this could be my day."

After saving a break point in that game, she held serve then jumped out to a 0-40 lead on Davenport's serve.

Davenport, still trying to find top form after missing much of last season because of knee surgery, saved the second match point with a whipping forehand, then saved the next with an ace but Henin-Hardenne did not let her save the fourth: cracking a forehand return winner off a second serve despite showing more signs of cramping.

Davenport leaned forward as if she had been struck in the stomach; Henin-Hardenne threw her racket and thrust her head back in relief.

"I've never played a match that long, and I can tell you that the sensation is extraordinary when you finish," Henin-Hardenne said. "It's my best feeling in my tennis career."

Strong words from a woman who reached the French Open semifinals and Wimbledon final in 2001. Though Henin-Hardenne and Davenport are hardly known as trash talkers on tour, there was a slight edge to this match before it began. In their last meeting, won in two tiebreaker sets by Davenport in Zurich last year, Henin-Hardenne said Davenport had engaged in gamesmanship by taking an injury timeout without sufficient cause. Davenport denied that accusation, insisting she had a leg problem.

Asked after today's match if she had any intention of needling Henin-Hardenne about her own physical problems, Davenport answered, "No. I'm way above that."

"There were so many twists and turns to the match, so many times where the momentum would go up and down, up and down," she said. "I've never had someone start to cramp and fall over. I never thought that I would be more fresh after a three-hour match than my opponent ever in my life. But a lot of times when you're in that position, you either play great or play bad. Obviously, she started going for it. The level of tennis that she was able to come up with was just too good."

Earlier, Venus Williams reached the quarterfinals with much less drama, defeating Nicole Pratt, a 29-year-old unseeded Australian with plenty of pluck but a shortage of power. As a youngster, Pratt ran races against Australia's Olympic 400-meter champion Cathy Freeman in Queensland. She lost, and she lost again today by the score of 6-3, 6-2 but not without giving it her all: even diving for one service return.

Although she is still making too many unforced errors and proving vulnerable on her second serve, Williams is projecting more energy and enthusiasm than at the end of last season — more controlled aggression, too. She has rushed the net 81 times in her last two matches.

"I definitely have goals every year," she said. "Definitely my goal was to come to the net more, amongst other goals. And I think it's working out. I'm not holding myself back by staying at the baseline."

Williams will next face the seventh-seeded teenager Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia, who defeated Patty Schnyder, 7-5, 6-3, to reach her first quarterfinal here. Unseeded Virginia Ruano Pascual of Spain proved the beneficiary of Jennifer Capriati's stunning first-round loss: coming through Capriati's section of the draw to reach her first quarterfinal in Melbourne with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Denisa Chladkova of the Czech Republic. But Ruano Pascual, who once beat Martina Hingis in the first round of Wimbledon, will meet more resistance in the next round. She plays Henin-Hardenne, and if Henin-Hardenne recovers from today's ordeal, she will be the heavy favorite.

Another quarterfinalist in need of recovery is France's often-spectacular Sebastien Grosjean, who erased a two-set deficit against Felix Mantilla of Spain to win 3-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 and set up a match with Andre Agassi. Grosjean, who beat Agassi in the 2001 French Open quarterfinals, is eight years younger than the 32-year-old American star, but Agassi could have fresher legs, because he played less than two sets today before his opponent, Argentine Guillermo Coria, retired because of painful blisters on his right foot.

"I was thinking more about my foot, and you don't want to be thinking about anything but tennis when you play Agassi," said Coria, who was trailing 1-6, 1-3 when he stopped.

Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain and Wayne Ferreira of South Africa will play in the other quarterfinal in the bottom half of the draw. Ferrero, who continues to prove that he is more than a clay-courter, overwhelmed 18-year-old Mario Ancic of Croatia, 6-0, 6-3, 6-2. Ferreira, just one year younger than Agassi, reached the final eight for the second successive year here by defeating qualifier Sargis Sargsian, an Armenian based in the United States, in straight sets.

Fourth-Round Matches on Monday

(seedings in brackets)

Serena Williams (1) vs. Eleni Daniilidou (18)

Williams appears to have recovered from her first-round yips, but Daniilidou is brimming with natural power and shot-making talent. Daniilidou has never played Serena. If she doesn't threaten Williams the first time, she might very well the next. Daniilidou is also the first top player from Greece, which means that her profile will rise between now and the 2004 Olympics in Athens.

Lleyton Hewitt (1) vs. Younes Aynaoui (18)

Aynaoui is a man of the world. The child of French and Moroccan parents, he has lived in several countries and speaks five languages. At age 31, he is playing his best tennis. His footwork is ungainly but his forehand is a graceful, wrathful instrument, and he gave the world's No. 1 player plenty of trouble on a similar surface in the quarterfinals of the last United States Open before the little-Australian-that-could wore him down.

Andy Roddick (9) vs. Mikhail Youzhny (25)

A duel between two young men in a hurry. At the age of 20, both have already made major impacts on the game: Roddick by climbing into the top 10; Youzhny by winning the last Davis Cup for Russia. Youzhny leads the American, 2-0, having beaten him on grass and indoors. But an outdoor hardcourt should be Roddick's best surface, and he likes the heat. Though born in Nebraska, he grew up in Texas and Florida.

RogiFan
01-19-2003, 07:56 PM
:) Hackie!

You forgot Rogi! Don't tell me you want Nalby to win?!! j/k

I'm cheering for:

Eleni
Kimmie
Rogi :kiss:
James
Misha :D DAVAI!!!!
Meghann
Chanda
Lleyton!

What a crazy match between Justine and Lindsay!!!

As for AA/Coria -- :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes: Can it get any easier for AA??? It BETTER not!! Allez Seb!! Just do it this time and don't CHOKE!!!

I almost forgot -- fab win, Juanqui!! in Straights -- wow, easy!! [Rogi, hope you watched that one!! ;) ]

Leo7
01-19-2003, 09:01 PM
Originally posted by TennisHack

As for Lindsay/Justine, well -- what a match as well!! Was it shown on ESPN? Cause I really would like to see it. I saw pictures of Justine cramping on Yahoo! and she really looked to be in pain. Both Lindsay and Justine are very classy competitors so kudos to them for a killer match ;)

yeah, last night ESPN showed the match from 4-1 in the 2nd set until the very last point at 9-7 in the 3rd. right now i'm pissed though b/c i was hoping they would show some of Juanqui or Seb's matches today in the tape delay portion, but instead they showed the Davenport/Henin match AGAIN and Venus' easy 2-setter also. :rolleyes: but hopefully they will play some of Juanqui's quarterfinal match.. i've only see him play 2 complete games so far (against Fab and Mario)! :eek: :( :fiery:

Lee
01-19-2003, 09:11 PM
Hi Leo & zosse!

Going through Lindsay's interview!

ILR
01-19-2003, 09:14 PM
Hi :wavey:

people at school are going on a poetry trip except me I paid too late and now Im thinking maybe I should have the day off ;)

Congrats to all the people passing milestones :bounce: and Im glad you like my avatar Lee ;) sorry about your sucky coverage :(

Leo7
01-19-2003, 09:25 PM
:wavey: Lee and Emma.

i like your new avatar too, Emma. nice close-up of Rogi. :)

that'd be cool if you had the day off tomorrow too. i have off on Monday (it's Martin Luther King Jr. Day in USA) but i will prolly spend my whole day studying for midterm exams. :rolleyes: i have an exam in all my classes this week, but the good news is that i'm done on Thursday at 11:00 am, and then i have a 3 day weekend. plus no homework at all. :)

Lee
01-19-2003, 09:29 PM
Originally posted by Leo7
:wavey: Lee and Emma.

i like your new avatar too, Emma. nice close-up of Rogi. :)

that'd be cool if you had the day off tomorrow too. i have off on Monday (it's Martin Luther King Jr. Day in USA) but i will prolly spend my whole day studying for midterm exams. :rolleyes: i have an exam in all my classes this week, but the good news is that i'm done on Thursday at 11:00 am, and then i have a 3 day weekend. plus no homework at all. :)

Good luck with your midterm exams, Leo and glad to hear your plan to spend your time study. Well, once its done, you have the whole weekend to cheer for your fav in AO.

Yeah! Thursday will be the day the real actions begins! ;)