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Nicole overcomes competition – emerges singles winner

The final day of the ING Vysya Hyderabad Open 2004 saw peaking excitement and furious battles on-court. Nicole Pratt emerged victorious in a hard fought match against Russian Maria Kirilenko 7-6(3) 6-1, Nicole earned herself her first WTA title. Nicole is no stranger to winning; she’s already bagged 4 WTA Doubles titles and has accrued 5 singles and 8 doubles titles on the ITF circuit. Speaking at her Hotel the Taj Krishna after her match Nicole said “I am very excited about this win, I have worked very hard, it was rewarding. I hope to keep doing what I am doing and want to win an Olympic gold for Australia.” She even had a tip for upcoming Indian girls who are hitting out on the professional arena – “work hard and enjoy what you are doing”. Maria commented on the court during the prize ceremony, saying “I hope to come back here and win the title next time.” The Hyderabad crowd lapping up every word and action were mesmerized by Nicole’s and Maria’s on-court performance. Receiving their prize for the runner-up position, Ting Li and Tian Tian Sun, the Chinese duo who made a mark on the Indian courts, were in jovial spirits on bagging the runner-up spot, but said they’d be back to duel at Hyderabad. Sania Mirza and Liezel Huber, the pair that woke up Hyderabad had the spectators cheering their success. The Chief Guest at the prize ceremony Sri Devendra Gupta, Honourable Chief Justice of the Andhra Pradesh High Court handed out Episode Trophies and large prize cheques from ING Vysya to the winners and runners up. Sri Devendra Gupta also handed out mementos to members of the Organizing Committee and WTA tour members. The future of Indian Women’s tennis is on the road to securing...

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Sania Mirza wins WTA doubles title

History was created at the ING Vysya Hyderabad Open as Sania Mirza partnered Liezel Huber to become the first Indian woman to win a professional tennis title on the WTA Tour. She also stepped into the footsteps of legends like Vijay Amritraj, Leander Paes, Ramesh Krishnan, Ramanathan Krishnan, and Mahesh Bhupathi, becoming, at age 17, the youngest Indian tennis player in history to win a professional Tour event. The Hyderabadi prodigy teamed up with South Africa’s Liezel Huber to defeat the 3rd seeded Chinese pair of Ting Li and Tian Tian Sun 7-6(1),6-4. With this remarkable performance, Sania shoots up over 200 places to the Top 200 in the world in doubles. With a potent serve and punishing ground-strokes, Sania controlled the match, much like Friday’s semi-finals, proving that her Wimbledon win last year was no fluke, but a sign that India had discovered it’s first major women’s tennis star. A beaming Sania said “It’s unbelievable to win my first title in my hometown. I feel I have improved a lot over the last year. My game is stronger and my confidence is greater, and I really believe this title is just the first of many. As I spend more time with my coach Bob Brett, I know the results will soon show a dramatic improvement in singles too. The best part is that I should get into the main draws of the Grand Slams in doubles, and the belief that I can compete at highest level”. Her partner Liezel Huber when asked what the best part of Sania’s game was, said “She doesn’t hesitate to go for her shots even though she is really young. That’s how all the great players like the Williams sisters started. Yes I know that when you are young they won’t always go...

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Tamarine keeps the tempo, Mirza-Huber to meet Yan-Zheng in Semi-Finals

Smiling Thai sensation Tamarine Tanasugarn walked of the center court with an air of confidence after her facile victory (6-3, 6-1) over Jie Zheng of China. All set to take on Maria Kirilenko in the semi finals of the ING Vysya Hyderabad Open during the post match interview Tamarine opined that her young opponent is highly talented and that she is not underestimating her. In the following match Nicole Pratt of Australia beat Croatian Jelena Kostanic (6-4, 7-5) in a high powered battle. Jelena although composed was hitting the ball long and put Nicole in a tough spot during the second set at 5 games all. Nicole picked up the game, resulting in the fall of Kostanic. The jubilant crowd welcomed Sania Mirza and Liezel Huber onto the Center Court with a roar of excitement, anticipating close quarter, high intensity match. The Indian and South African duo played against Wynne Prakusya and Angelique Widjaja. Winning the match Sania and Liezel signed autographs at the ING Vysya Stall to the delight of fans eager to get a close glimpse of the victorious duo. The final days of the ING Vysya Hyderabad Open 2004 are bound to hold an exciting and electrifying climax. Chinese girls Zi Yan and Jie Zheng took on Mervana Jugic-Salkic and Jelena Kostanic and downed them 7-6 (7), 6-0. Yan and Zheng have put on an incredible effort and are gunning for the top doubles spot. Over the years the Chinese players have made a mark for themselves, and Hyderabad will be all eyes when Yan and Zheng take on the Mirza-Huber duo.

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MIRZA – HUBER duo topple STEPHENS – KIM in doubles

In a captivating two set match Sania Mirza along with partner Liezel Huber upset Shelly Stephens and Jim Hee Kim 6-2, 7-6 (10). Huber who holds a doubles ranking of 11 on the WTA Tour made a fitting duo with Sania Mirza, taking the first set against their opponents with ease. During a post match autograph signing session at the Mercedes Benz stall at the ‘ING Vysya Hyderabad Open 2004’, Huber said she finds playing in Hyderabad a lot like the environment back home in Durban. With crowds milling to receive autographs from the match winning duo, Hyderabad echoed its enthusiasm of its craze about the city’s tennis starlet Sania. In an earlier match defending champion Tamarine Tanasugarn overthrew Shahar Peer 6-3, 6-2. Center-court at the S.A.A.P tennis complex saw graceful effort of strength, and a high powered match resulting in Peer’s collapse. Tamarine said “I find my opponent Peer to be in good form and am excited at the prospect of moving on to the next round with this win.” Tamarine after her victory participated in a road race on center court with radio controlled SL Class model Mercedes Benz vehicles, much to the elated jubilation of the spectators. With the momentum building up at the ING Vysya Hyderabad Open 2004, the following days should have the courts see battles of high caliber performance, creating some must watch tennis.

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The Indian Elimination

Hyderabad heartthrob Sania Mirza crashed out of the ING VYSYA Hyderabad Open on Tuesday. Though the local lass did well to take the first set from the experienced Nicole Pratt , she eventually lost 4-6, 6-2 , 6-2. “she was overpowering me and enjoying the game in the first set when she put me under a lot of pressure .When I realized she was really enjoying hitting those powerful passing shots on the rise I decided to slow down my game” said Nicole at the post-match briefing. Defending Champion Tamrine Tanasugarn had an easy victory over Russian Evgenia Kulikovskaya 6-4, 6-0. “My goal is to concentrate on each match and take the tournament day by day .I don’t want to think that I am the defending Champion so I should win” said the Thai Champion answering to a question if she was feeling the pressure. Russian Teenage Sensation Maria Kirlenko defeated Neha uberoi after a tough encounter. Earlier in the tournament , Neha had defeated her sister Shika to reach the Main Draw of the tournament. Ankita Bhambri of India lost to Marion Bartoli 6-1, 6-1. In a match that lasted just about an hour , the Frenchie ‘s game was clearly superior. A disappointing day for the Indians at court , Tuesday was the elimination day for all the Indian gals in the tournament.The only Indian hope in the tournament would be India’s Sania Mirza partnering Lizel Huber in Doubles , later on Wednesday evening.

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Yoshida Overthrows Number One Seed Obata

Yuka Yoshida today overthrew the number one seed Saori Obata in a swiftly concluded match lasting for an hour and nine minutes with a score of 6-4, 6-2. In a post match interview the 27 year old Yoshida said that “I am excited at the prospect of having overthrown the number one seed player”. Yoshida who previously played against Obata 4 years ago stated “it was my mental strength and Zen which enabled me to overcome Obata”. Speaking later Obata said “my service was lacking in strength and I was not in the right mental state for this game. I hope to recover my points at Dubai next” In the previous match on the center-court at the S.A.A.P. stadium at Hyderabad, Isha Lakhani put up an excellent effort against Jelena Kostanic, although Isha – ranked number one in India, fell to Kostanic 6-3, 4-6, 6-2. Jelena said “I was fighting to keep up with Isha who picked up the game in the second set and it took a great deal of effort to pull back my game to beat her. We both have a strong forehand and the match was exhausting.” The schedule for Tuesday, the 17th of February has on the Center Court Sania Mirza playing against Pratt Nicole after 5 P.M. followed by Neha Uberoi fighting it out against Maria Kirilenko, and, with the following match having Ankita Bhambri vying against Marion Bartoli. This is seen as an exciting days events with consecutive matches being played by star Indian Players against some of the best names in the world. Tournament director Mr. Krishna Bhupathi said “we hope Hyderabad will turn up to support our young and upcoming tennis starlets”. With spectator entry free for the duration of the tournament, there is little doubt that Hyderabad will bolster...

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Wild Cards Announced for ING Vysya Hyderabad Open 2004 Qualifiers

The 4 Wild-cards for the qualifying draw of the ING Vysya Hyderabad Open 2004 were announced today at Hyderabad by the Tournament Director, Mr. Krishna Bhupathi. The wild-cards were given to 3 bring young Indian talents, Ankita Bhambri, Iciri Rai and local girl Poonam Reddy, along with the recently crowned Australian Open Junior Champion, Shahar Peer of Israel, who experts rate as a future Top 5 player. Organised by Globosport with support from the Sports Authority of Andhra Pradesh, the ING Vysya Hyderabad Open is the only WTA event in South Asia and one of the biggest sports events in the country. According to Mr. Krishna Bhupathi “The whole idea of bringing the WTA Tour to India was to support the emerging boom in women’s tennis and provide our talented youngsters with a level of exposure that they would never get anywhere else in the world. The Tournament is a platform to identify and support the best young players in India and the world, and the Wild Cards have been given taking that into account”. He organisers also announced that in case any of the Wild Card entries were unable to play at the qualifiers, the first alternate for a Wild Card will be the popular Indian player Sonal Phadke. Ankita Bhambri is one of Indian Tennis’ brightest hopes. Aged just 17 she already is a winner on the ITF Circuit and is looking to capture several more, much like her idol Steffi Graf. Poonam Reddy, the Junior National Champion, is a local favourite being supported by the Sports Authority of Andhra Pradesh. Like her state-mate Sania Mirza, she is expected to soon be making waves on the senior circuit. Ranked in the Top 1000, 18-year old Icici Rai is fresh off a training stint with renowned international coach...

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ING VYSYA BECOMES TITLE SPONSOR OF WTA INDIAN OPEN 2004

ING Vysya, the banking, life insurance and mutual fund provider, today announced that it is pleased to become the title sponsor of WTA Hyderabad Open 2004, scheduled from February 16-22, 2004 in Hyderabad. The tournament will be titled: ING Vysya Hyderabad Open 2004. ING Vysya Hyderabad Open 2004 is India’s biggest showcase of one of the world’s fastest growing sports – women’s tennis. The only WTA Tour event in South Asia, it will witness over 32 international class tennis stars like Tamarine Tanasugarn, Iroda Tulyaganova, Nicole Pratt and Alicia Molik, competing for the $140,000 prize money with young Indian talent like Sania Mirza and Isha Lakhani. Last year’s WTA Indian Open witnessed participation by renowned players like Mary Pierce and Elena Likhovtseva and this year’s event consolidates on that great beginning. The event is being organized by Globosport in association with Sports Authority of Andhra Pradesh. Speaking on the occasion, Bart Hellemans, CEO & MD, ING Vysya Bank said, “I am very excited about ING Vysya’s association with this prestigious event. This association is an excellent opportunity to further increase awareness on the ING Vysya brand across the country. There are a good number of young promising players in India today and this is our way of encouraging them and re-enforcing our commitment to the sport of tennis.” According to Mahesh Bhupathi, Managing Director of Globosport “Women’s tennis in India is about to boom, with the path-breaking results of Sania Mirza and others like Isha Lakhani. While the Government of Andhra Pradesh as quick to recognize this trend and support women’s tennis, most companies have been slow to build a first-mover advantage. As such, I would like to thank and congratulate ING Vysya for supporting the ING Vysya Hyderabad Open 2004, becoming the leading corporate supporter of women’s tennis...

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