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Pavlina Stoyanova-Nola lost to the N16 seeded E.Lihovzeva
from Russia 2-6 2-6
Todor Enev, N5 seeded, reached the 1/4 finals where he was
beaten by the N2 seeded and N2 in the world Andy Roddick(USA)6-4
6-2,in the boy's singles. He gave up the doubles due to shoulder
Lubomira Bacheva lost to the Austrian S. Plishke 4-6 4-6
Svetlana Kriventcheva and Shi-Ting Wang lost to Csurgo/Eva
Martincova 4-6 6-7(2-7)
Lady's singles draw Men's singles draw
Orlin Stanoytchev reached the quarter finals in HeilBronn
where he was defeated
Toray Pan Pasific Open
Maggie lost to Cara Black :(((( in the first round of Toray
Pan Pasific Open in three sets
Lubomira Bacheva lost to Ghirardi 3-6 3-6 in the first round
of the qualifing event in Paris
Maggie was defeated in the first round in OPEN GAZ DE FRANCE
by the very promissing young Belguim Justine Henin 4-6 6-7(4-7)
Magdalena Maleeva and Nataly Dechy passed the first round
in the doubles event in OPEN GAZ DE FRANCE.They beat the french
pair Cocheteux/Dhenin 6-3 6-1
Orlyn Stanoytchev couldn't pass the first round in Marseille.
He was defeated by the qualifier T. Guardiola in three cets
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Orlyn Stanoytchev passed the first round in Memphis and he
is now to play verses the N8 seeded J.M Gambille from the
Orlyn Stanoytchev bt M. Hantschik of Germany6-3 6-4. He meets
Kuerten of Brazil in the second round. The Brazilian is the
Lubomira Bacheva lost in the third round of the qualifications
in Scottsdale. She was defeated by Plischke.
The sensation of the Bulgarian Indoors Championship is the
12 year old Tsvetana Pironkova of Lokomitiv(Pd), who beat
the Bulgarian champ Filipa Gabrovska, the N1 seeded in the
second round 7-5 0-6 6-4. It was considered a match good enough
for an Orange Bowl final. In the 1/4 finals the young player
defeated the N6 seeded Kristina Georgieva. Tsvetana lost in
the semi-finals.The winner of the Championship is the 14 year
old E. Gancheva. Radoslava Topalova and Filipa Gabrovska took
the doubles title.
The 15 year old Maria Penkova reached the semi-finals in
Punta del Este in Urugway.Maria is N277 in the girls rankings.
In the same tourney Radoslav Lukaev lost in the first round,
but together with his partner Oktavian Nikodin of Romania
reached the 1/4 finals in the doubles event.Last week they
lost the doubles final in Mar del Plata(Argentina). He is
N89 in the singles and N90 in the doubles boys rankings.
March,'00 Maggie had a great match yesterday.She played vs
Serena Williams and though she lost she was quite good and
played well. The result 6-4 6-2 against one of the most aggressive
players. You can see the match statistics and see that Willians'
winners helped her win the match, as well as a better net
play. But indeed this was a good match for Maggie.Ivailo Traikov
won the Greek satellite's Masters. It will help him to enter
back the rankings.Comments
04,04 '00 Maggie is in the main draw of the next Masters
series event in Amelia Island. Hopefully she get a good draw.
In the qualifing draw is Elena Wagner, but she will probably
take part in the Estoril event. There in the main draw is
Lubomira Bacheva, who has to reach at least the semis to keep
her good ranking at the moment.
In the Cagliari Challenger, Orlin Stanoytchev is the N8 seeded.
In the first round he plays the qualifier Julian Boutter of
05,04 '00 Pavlina Stoyanova-Nola reached the finals in a
$25 000 event in the USA, but she was beaten 2-6 3-6 by an
American player. In the same event Elena Wagner retire in
the second round. It seems that she still has some problems
with her leg. Hopefully, she soon recover and take part in
the Amelia Island event, where she has go through the qualifications.
I think that she maybe in the main draw of the doubles event.
In a $10 000 event in Italy, Svetlana Krivencheva and Antoaneta
Pangerova took the doubles title, after a tough final match.
They won it 7-5 7-6(11-9). In the beginnig of February the
best Bulgarian double player at the moment- S. Krivencheva
had a car accident.Orlin Stanoythcev couldn't pass the first
round in the Cagliari challenger. He was defeated by the qualifire
Julian Boutter of France.Comments
08,04 '00 Julia Berberyan remains a capitan of the Bulgarian
Fed Cup team. She will lead our team in La Manga(Spain) in
the beginning of May.Magdalena Maleeva will be a part of our
team. Last she played for Bulgaria in La Manga in 1998.Manuela
Maleeva and her husband will cover the expenses of the Bulgarian
youths in the upcoming European championship for Boys and
Girls to 18 years in Switzerland.Comments
09,04 '00 Lubomira Bacheva plays against A. Nogueira in the
first round of Estoril Open. I think that she has a good draw,
hopefully she will be able to reach the quarterfinals where
she eventually will meet S. Plischke. Pavlina Stoyanova passed
the first round of the qualifications in Amelia Island with
a great score, 6-2, 6-1 def. Daniela Hantuchova.
11, 04 '00 It was a bad day for the Bulgarians in Amelia
Island. Magdalena Maleeva lost to Sonya Jeyaseelan 4-6 2-6
in the first round of the singles event. At least she is playing
the doubles as well and she will have her top form fixed on
her doubles performance. She will improve her doubles ranking
( and her form). The other Bulgarian in the draw, Pavlina
Nola, was upset by the very young and promising American Alexandra
Stevenson 3-6 2-6. Stevenson is a semifinalist of the Wimbledon'99.
Lubomira Bacheva def. P. Wartusch in the first round of the
Estoril open. You can see the match statistics. Her next opponent
is M. Vavrinec, who upset the N4 seeded S. Plischke. In Casablanca,
Marocco, Orlin Stanoytchev lost in the first round to L. Tieleman
13, 04 '00 Maggie has lost the doubles in the first round
as well. In the second round of the Estoril Open, Lubomira
Bacheva lost to Vavrinec 2-6 6-3 7-6 (7-5) and lost the chance
to defend the ranking points from her last years performance
and she will probably drop out of the top 100. She lost as
well the doubles in the first round. In Italy, in a $25 000
event Desislava Topalova reached the 1/2 finals. Maria Gusheva
qualified for the $25 000 event in France this week. In the
first round she meets the N3 seeded player in the draw.Comments
17,04 '00 Maggie is playing against Florencia Labat from
Argentina in the first round in Hilton Head. If she is successful
she is probably facing the N10 seeded Talaja. In the first
round of the qualification in Budapest, Elena Wagner is playing
against the N5 seeded Nemeckova. Pavlina Stoyanova-Nola and
Lubomira Bacheva are playing straight in the main draw. Maria
Gusheva from Bulgaria lost in the first round of the ITF Challenger;
Cagnes Sur Mer, France ($25,000) event. She lost to the N3
seeded Angelika Bachmann(GER) 7-6 6-3 6-3. She lost the doubles
as well. Comments
18,04 '00 Maggie lost in the first round of the Hilton Head
event. She fell to Florencia Labat. In Monte Carlo Orlin Stanoytchev
lost to F. Santoro. It was reported that Orlin had the initiative
all the time, he played more agressively, but when it was
to the deciding balls, he was the one to mistake them.
In Budapest, Lubomira Bacheva has a good first round start
vs a qualifier, but then she will have to face the N1 seeded
Plischke. Lubomira plays the doubles as well. Elena Wagner
will play in the main draw after three good qualifing matches.
She plays oremans in the first round. She plays the doubles
Todor Enev won the first category ITF tourney in Japan. Todor,
who was N2 seeded, won the tourney defeating the N2 in the
world and N1 seeded Johanson in sraight sets 6-3 6-2. Enev
won the tourney without loosing a set. He flies to Moskow,
where our Davis Cup team is, on a trainin camp Comments
19,04 '00 Lubomira Bacheva lost in the first round of Budapest
event. She fell Marosi 2-6 6-4 2-6, but she still have a chance
to make a good doubles tourney. The other Bulgarian/German
Elena Wagner passed the first round, defeating Oremans 7-6
(3) 6-4 and will face now the N4 seeded Montolio. Wagner plays
as well the doubles. Comments
20, 04 '00 Anotaneta Pangerova won the $25 000 event in Italy
this week, winnig 8 matches in a row. The other Bulgarian
in the tourney, Svetlana Kriventcheva and her partner Poutchek,
fell in the doubles final. Meanwhile, Julia Berberyan was
once again voted captain of the Bulgarian FED CUP team. She
has sent invitations to the 8 best Bulgarian tennis players.
Until now only Magdalena Maleeva has agreed, while Lubomira
Bacheva has refused. Maria Petrova became a member of the
ITF junior team. She is the second Bulgarian to do so, after
20, 04 '00 Radoslav Lukaev and his partner reached the finals
of the junior tourney in Umag (Croatia). The Bulgarian DAVIS
CUP team went to Cypros on a training camp for the upcoming
event in Sofia on the 28, 29 and 30th of April.Comments
21, 04 '00 Elena Wagner lost 5-7 6-2 1-6 from the N2 seeded
Montolio. This is not that bad though, because it seems that
Elena regains her best form. In this tourney she's got four
matches won. Comments
22, 04 '00 Pavlina Stoyanova-Nola/ Samantha Reeves lost in
the first round of the doubles event in Hilton Head 3-6 2-6
from Frazier/ Schlukebir. Comments
22, 04 '00 Elena Wagner will be playing next week for the
German Fed Cup team, and the matches will be broadcasted on
DSF. So best of luck to her Comments
24,04 '00 Desislava Topalova won the $25 000 event in Prosteirov
in the Chech republic, defeating in two sets the N6 seeded
van de Zende of Belguim. Desislava was the N1 seede player
in the tourney. She is N177 in the worldComments
24,04 '00 Lubomira Bacheva and her partner reached the finals
of the doubles event in Budapest. Comments
26,04 '00 Maggie Maleeva refused to play for Bulgaria in
the Fed Cup team, though she had given her confirmation. This
she did because the other two best ranked Bulgarians - Lubomira
Bacheva and Pavlina Nola, as well as the best Bulgarian doubles
player- Svetlana Kriventcheva refused to play. Now our team
is Desislava Topalova, Antoaneta Pangerova, Maria Gusheva
and Filipa Gabrovska, coached by Julia Berberyan Comments
26,04 '00 Antoaneta Pangerova is given an wild card for the
WTA event in Warsaw, due to her win in the Milano $ 25 000
event. Desislava Topalova is given wild card for the qualifications
in Antwerpen, due to her Prostejov win. Todor Enev will be
leaving for Italy on the 10th of May, where he will play on
two tourneys. Afterthat, he has 3 more tourneys in Western
26,04 '00 Bacheva won her first WTA doubles title. In the
final of Budapest, Bacheva and Torrens-Valero defeated hollow
Kostanic/Nacuk 6-0 6-2. Best of luck to her Comments
01, 05 '00 The Bulgarian Davis Cup team lost to Greece 2-3
in the first group of the II Euro _african zone, after a 2-0
lead in the first day of the tourney. In Bol are the Bulgarian
top tennis players- Maggie Maleeva, who plays in the main
draw both singels and doubles, Pavlina Nola and Lubomira Bacheva-
both with a win in the qualifications
02, 05 '00Maggie Maleeva plays verses Kostanic in the first
round of the Bol Ladies open. If she is successful she will
have to meet the N2 seeded Testud of France. Maggie hd played
twice verses Testud, both times successful, but it was back
in 1996 and 1997. The first time in Chicago she beat 6-3 6-2
and the next time in Hanover 6-1 6-4. Maggie is also playing
the doubles -together with Silivia Talaja they meet Sancez-Lorenzo
and Leon Garsia in the first round. The doubles play as well
02, 05 '00 In Hamburg are playing Elena Wagner, Pavlina Nola
and Lubomira Bacheva. They all passed the first round of the
qualifications. Wagner defeated Zarska 7-6(4) 6-3 and will
be playing against either Kandarr or the N1 seeded Serna.
Pavlina Nola defeated Stweart 6-4 6-1 and Bacheva -Abe 6-2
6-4. Last year Pavlina made a great performance here, defeating
for first time a top 20 player in an official event - Anke
02, 05 '00 Orlin Stanoytchev plays verses Galo Blanko in
the first round of the Mallorca event. If he wins he will
face the N8 seeded Jeff Tarango of Spain.
03, 05 '00 Maggie Maleeva lost in th first round of the Bol
event in Croatia both on singles and doubles. In the first
round of the singles she fell to the young Croatian Fed cup
player Konstnic 3-6 0-6, and in the doubles event with her
partner Silvija Talaja to the Leon-Garcia/ Sancez-Lorenzo
5-7 1-6. From the next tourney Maggie should start to defeat
her ranking points
03, 05 '00 Lubomira Bacheva and Pavlina Nola are going to
play vs one other in the Hamburg event. They both passed the
qualifications, where they were seeded -Lubomira -N4 and Nola-N8.
The other Bulgarian in the qualifications -the young Bulgarian
Fed cup player Maria Gusheva replaced Barbara Ritner of Germany
but she couldn't pass a round. She fell 6-7 6-3 3-6 to the
wild card player Kroff. Elena Wagner also couldn't pass the
qualifications. She was stopped bye the N1 seeded Serna of
Spain 3-6 2-6. In this Hamburg event the only one Bulgarian
tennis player in the doubles is Lubomira Bacheva, who together
with Hopmans are playing vs the N4 seeded pair.
03, 05 '00The best Bulgarian male tennis player couldn't
pass the first round of the Mallorca event. He was defeated
by Galo Blanko. Last year in this same event, Orlin defeated
a top 10 player for first time in his career.
04, 05 '00 Lubomira Bacheva passed the first round in the
main draw in Hamburg. She defeated another Bulgarian - Pavlina
Nola 6-3 6-3 and will now face the N3 seeded player Martinez
of Spain, who had a bye in the first round. In the doubles
Bacheva and Hopmans defeated the N4 seeded Sidot/Vis 6-0 4-6
6-3. It seems that Bacheva improves her play with every tourney
played. In Bol Svetlana Kriventcheva and her partner Kriventcheva/Matevzic
passed the first round of the main doubles event. They beat
Jurak/Zibar-WC 6-2 6-1, but were defeated in the second round
05, 05 '00 Lubomira Bacheva lost in the second round of the
Hamburg tourney to the N3 seeded Martinez of Spain. However,
it was not a bad lost. She has been really fighting with Martinez,
and even won a set. The result 4-6 7-5 4-6 shows that we can
expect some suprises of Bacheva. She however continues her
doubles performance and is to play with Nola again. Pavlina
and her partner Diaz Oliva went in the draw as a LL, but they
defeated a very strong pair Huber/ Schett. Elena Wagner and
Andrea Glass were given a wild card but they were defeated
in the first round
06, 05 '00 Lubomira Bacheva and Amanda Hopmans defeated Pavlina
Nola and Diaz Oliva 6-2 3-6 6-1 and reached the semifinals,
where they will have to face the N1 seeded pair Kurnikova
and Natasha Zvereva. Indeed they both are experienced doubles
players, so Bacheva and Hopmans will need really good play
07, 05 '00 Maggie is playing against the talented Kveta Hrdlichkova
in the first round of the German open in Berlin. In the same
event, Elena Wagner and Pavlina Nola had passed a round in
the qualifications and now are to play vs one another in the
second round. In Hamburg L. Bacheva and A. Hopmans fell to
the N1 seeded pair Kurnikova/Zvereva in the semifinals
08, 05 '00 Lubomira Bacheva plays vs .This however was not
the best draw because she will have to meet the N2 seeded
Kristina Brandi in the II round if she passes the first one.
In the doubles she has even tougher draw. Bacheva and Torrens
Valero play the N1 seeded pair in the first round. Pavlina
Nola entered the main draw in Berlin and will be playing with
the French Amelie Mouresmo. Pavlina defeated Elena Wagner,
a Bulgarian who competes for Germany 2-6 6-1 6-2. In Warsaw,
the young Bulgarian Dessislava Topalova passed two rounds
of the qualifications and is to play for a place in the main
draw. Topalova is N5 seeded in the qulifing event. Orlin Stanoytchev
couldn't pass the qualifcations and was defeated by the N1
seeded one in the qualifing event - Gaston Gaudio in three
10, 05 '00 Well it was an awful beginning of the Bulgarians
in the tourneys this week. In Berlin, Maggie had a really
tough and close match vs K. Hrdlichkova. Maggie lost the match
6-4 4-6 4-6, which is not a bad reslult. The other Bulgarian
in the tour Pavlina Stoyanova-Nola lost to the N8 seeded French
player Amelie Mouresmo 3-6 1-6. In the other event of the
week - the one in Warsaw, the two Bulgarians lost as well
- Desislava Topalova, which passed the qualifcations(she lost
in the last round but entered the draw as a LL) for the first
time, had a tough match vs and lost in two sets, but at least
she has finally enetered the main draw of a WTA event.The
other Bulgarian Lubomira Bacheva lost to Mandula, which I
didn't expect after the strong play of Bacheva in Hamburg.
At least she is still in the main draw of the doubles.
10, 05 '00 Ivailo Traykov lost in the second round of the
Lubljana ATP Challenger event $125 000. This is his first
appearance in a tourney of that high category. Traykov enetered
the main draw after he passed the qulifications. In the same
tourney, Milen Velev couldn't pass the qualifications. In
the Bulgarian Satellite tourney "ZAGORKA GOLD CUP"
only one Bulgarian was able to pass the first round. This
is the Bulgarian Davis cup player Ivo Bratanov. The most promissing
young Bulgarian tennis player Todor Enev was unable to pass
the qualifcations. I just wonder why is he not given a wild
13, 05 '00 Julia Berberyan is not going to be with the Bulgarian
Fed Cup team in La Manga, Spain. She said she prefer to take
part in a law discussion in the Bulgarian Parliament ( she
is a deputy). It became clear that Maggie won't take place
in the Olimpic Games in Sydney, because she couldn't meet
the requirements. She must have played at least once in the
last two years for the Bulgarian Fed cup team. Last year she
was injured and this year she refused to, because Lubomira
Bacheva and Pavlina Stoyanova did so. Lubomira Bacheva is
also out of the Olimpics. Elena Wagner and Andrea Glass were
defeated in the Quarterfinals of the German Open by the N7
seeded pair Tarabini/Vis
14, 05 '00 Lubomira Bacheva plays vs Barbara Rittner in the
first round of the Antwerpen event this week. If she is sucessful
she will have to play with a tough opponent - either the N3
seeded Clijsters or Hantuchova. In this event Dessislava Topalova
should have to be given a wild card for the qualifications,
but she is not in the draw. In Rome, Pavlina Nola has passed
the first round of the qulifications. She(the N8 seeded) defeated
Elwood 7-5 6-3 and is to play with Dell'Angelo.
16, 05 '00 Maggie Maleeva beat S. Pitkovski of France 6-4
6-4, matching her first considerable victory for months. She
now has to face the N5 seeded Monika Seles, one of the few
tennis players that have never been beaten by a Maleeva. The
statistics says that Seles leads 3-1 but I think that victory
of Maggie in Hamburg is due to the accident with Monika there.
I think it is high time Maggie won vs Seles. The other Bulgarian
in the draw is Pavlina Nola, who passed two rounds of the
qualifications, will play Shiavone in the first round. In
the doubles event Svetlana Kriventcheva and M. Drake had qualified
for the main draw. They play vs S. Farina and Rita Grande
in the first round
16, 05 '00 Pavlina Nola had passed the first round of the
Rome event. She beat Shiavone in three sets. There are two
Bulgarians in the second round of a tourney. !!!!!!!! JUST
17, 05 '00 In Rome, Maggie Maleeva had a tough match against
Seles. The first set 5-7 the next 1-6. Maggie certainly approves
her play and gets ready for the French Open.
17, 05 '00 Lubomira Bacheva was successful against the German
Barbara Rittner, but the result was mistaken in the web site
of the Antwerpen tourney. Meanwhile the Bulgarian Fed Cup
team defeated hollow the Turkish one. Both Desislava Topalova
and Antoaneta Pangerova took their matches in two sets with
18, 05 '00 Bulgaria lost the deciding matches in the Fed Cup
competition, but we reamain in the same group for the next
year . Lubomira Bacheva defeated the N3 seeded Clijsters in
Antwerpen and on the 1/4 final she will have to play vs Laurence
COURTOIS (BEL) who defeated K. Habsudova in the second round.
In the doubles event Bacheva and her partner TULYAGANOVA passed
the first round, defeating HANTUCHOVA / NAGYOVA in two sets.
Svetlana Kriventcheva and M Darake had not yet played their
first round doubles match in the Rome event.
19, 05 '00 Finally Svetlana Kriventcheva and M. Drake played
their first round doubles match in the Rome event and eventually
they won it in three tough sets 6-7 7-6 6-4. Their next opponent
pair will be the N3 seeded pair - J. Halard- Decugis and A.
21, 05 '00 Lubomira Bacheva lost to the Belgium L. Courtois
in three tough sets in the 1/4 finals - 7-6 2-6 4-6. Bacheva
and her partner reached the semifinals of the doubles event
in Antwerpen, but they withdrew in their 1/2 final match against
Appelmans/ Clijsters. In Rome Kriventcheva and M. Drake had
a tough match, which they lost, vs the N3 seeded pair J. Halard-Decugis
and A. Sugiyama. Maggie Maleeva is in the main draw of the
Strassbourg Open, where she will have to start defending her
22, 05 '00 Lubomira Bacheva withdrew from the Stasbourg Open,
where she was N3 seeded in the qualifications. Hopefully,
there is not any serious problem with her. No other female
Bulgarian tennis player is on tour this week. Maggie was to
play in Stasbourg.
22, 05 '00 In Austria Orlin Stanoytchev had passed the first
round and now he will have to meet probably the N3 seeded
A. Illie of Australia. In Budapest, Milen Velev had passed
the first round of the qualifications. Probably, in the main
Draw is Ivailo Traykov. Todor Enev reached the finals of the
doubles event in the Junior tourney in Italy. In the singles
he was defeated in the 1/8 finals. In the same tourney, Maria
Penkova was defeated in the III round.
22, 05 '00 A full set of Bulgarians in Roland Garos. In the
main draw of the lady's singles are Maggie Maleeva, Lubomira
Bacheva and Pavlina Nola. For a place in the main draw will
play Dessislava Topalova and Elena Wagner. In the doubles
event are probably Svetlana Kriventcheva, Lubomira Bacheva
and Elena Wagner. Hopefuully, Maggie as well. In the main
draw of the men's singles is Orlin Stanoytchev.
29, 05 '00 It was a Bulgarian triumph at ath Roland Garos
yesterday. The both Bulgarians that had played their matches
passed the first round. Maggie Maleeva played very well and
give no chance to her opponent to win. She made several breakpoints,
but also allowed Smashnova to break back. You can see the
match statistics at the official Roland Garros site. The other
Bulgarian that played that day was Orlin Stanoytchev, who
had a very tough match against a French wild card player.
See the match statistics. Meanwhile, Todor Enev won the singles
title at the Italian open for juniors. This is a superb preparation
for his Roland Garros performance - last year he reached the
quarterfinals there. At the Italian Open, Enev reached the
semifinals of the doubles event.
31, 05 '00 Lubomira Bacheva had a really tough match agaisnt
the wild card player Vrginii Razzano. Lubomira lost it 7-5
6-7(4-7) 0-6. Last year it was Lubomira who beat Razzano in
the first round at Roland Garros. Get the statistics. Pavlina
Stoyanova was also crashed out of the French Open. She fell
to the N8 seeded Sanchez-Vicario for second successiv time.
It was 1-6 1-6 this time. Get the statistics. Orlin Stanoytchev
lost his second round match against Kratochvil in four sets
7-6(8-6)5-7 2-6 1-6.
1, 06 '00 Maggie Maleeva is a winner. She passed the second
round of the French Open, beating D. Chladkova. You take a
look at the statistics. Now she will have to play with the
Romanian Ruxandra Dragomir. They had played several times.
Three times Maggie was successful and Dragomir - once. Best
of luck to Maggie.
1, 06 '00 Tough draw for the Bulgarian pairs at Roland Garos.
Svetlana Kriventcheva and her partner Radka Bobokova are playing
the N10 seeded pair Suarez/Ruano-Paskual. Elena Wagner and
V. Menga are facing the N5 seeds Halard-Decugis/ A. Sugiyama.
Lubomira Bacheva and K. Clijsters play Hrdilichkova/Rittner.
4, 06 '00Svetlana Kriventcheva and her partner Radka Bobokova
lost in the first round of the doubles event in Paris. They
lost 1-6 4-6 to the N10 seeded pair Suarez/Ruano-Paskual.
The other Bulgarian pairs have already went out. Wagner and
Menga were pulled out by the N5 seeded Sugiyama/Decugis and
Lubomira Bacheva/ Clijsters -by Hrdlichkova/Rittner.
The Bulgarians at Roland Garros in Bulgarian
2, 10'00 Maggie Maleeva plays in Zurich this week. She is
the 1994 winner of this event.This year Maggie plays vs Domique
van Roost of Belgum in the first round. Maggie had already
lost to her some weeks ago in the Pilot Pen event, but now
no doubt Maggie will be victorious this time. Tauziat awaits
the winner of the match in the second round. In the qulifying
event in Tokyo this week, Pavlina Nola was seeded first, but
she lost in the second qulifying round. She still has chances
to make it to the main draw, if a committed player retires,
before her match. In Tokyo Orlin Stanoytchev plays in the
main draw. In the In the first round he plays vs the qulifyer
Jeff Salzenstein. Orlin is committed for the doubles as well.
He plays in pair with Gaudenzi.
10, 10'00 Maggie Maleeva has just finished her first round
match vs Dominique van Roost. Maggie has won the match 6-7
6-2 7-6. In the second round Maggie plays vs Natalie Tauziat
of France for a place in the qurterfinals. Maggie has all
the chances - so best of luck to her.
11, 10'00 Maggie Maleeva had lost in the first round of the
doubeles event in Zurich, but she is yet to play her second
round match in the main draw of the singles. In Tokyo, Orlin
Stanoytchev had a first round lost vs the qulifyer Lee. However,
paired with Gaudenzi, he had passed the first round of the
16, 10'00 >>Dimana Krustevich lost the final of the
Sofia event ($10 000). Hoever, the doubles final was between
Bulgarian pairs.>>Orlin Stanoytchev had qulifyed for
the main draw of the Heineken Open in China. He won three
match in the qulifications without dropping a set. In the
first round of the main draw however, Orlin will play vs the
N2 seeded Lapenty of Ecuador. It was Orlin to beat Lapenty,
when they last played one vs another in Prague, a couple of
years ago. In the qulifying event in Linz, Antoaneta Pangerova
was not that successful. In the first round she lost to Hrdlichkova.
However, her improvement is considerable
18, 10'00 Pavlina Nola is also on the tour this week. She
is competing in Shanghei, China. In the first round she will
play vs the LL Stewart. In Shanghei, Orlin Stanoytchev's first
round match was delayed due to rain. He plays vs Lapenti.
>>In Bulgaria goes the Bulgarian Championships in Ruse.
In the women's draw No.1 seeded is Philipa Gabrovska and in
the men's - Todor Enev. They both won their first round matches.
However, an impressive start did the 13 year old Tsvetana
Pironkova from Loko ( Plovdiv). She beat in the first round
the No.8 seeded Elena Gancheva. The best Bulgarian girl in
the ITF ranking - Maria Penkova beat in the first round the
No.2 seeded Nadejda Vassileva. <<
Pavlina passed the first round of the Heineken Open
19, 10'00 Pavlina Nola had passed the first round of the
Heineken Open in China with a great result. She defeated the
LL Stewart 6-3 6-0. In the second round Pavlina will play
Washington of the USA. In the doubles Pavlina and her partner
were defeated in the first round by a Canadian pair. Pavlina
still awaits her first singles WTA title. In the Heineken
Open, Orlin Stanytchev also did a great match vs the No.2
seeded Lapeniti of Ecuador. The first set went to a tie break,
which Stanoytchev lost and the the second set was finished
at 3-6 for Lapenti.
19, 10'00 Pavlina Nola is a qurterfinalist again. In the
second round Pavlina defeated the American M. Washington in
straight sets 6-0 6-3. It seems that she is enjoying her best
tennis now. In the qurterfinals she will meet the No.1 seeded
Kristina Brandi. In a $25 000 event in France, Maria Gusheva
will play vs the Frenchwoman Morel in the first round of the
19, 10'00 Pavlina Stoyanova Nola is just doing great in Shanghei.
In the quarterfinals she defeated the No. 1 seeded Kristina
Brandi of the Usa. In the semifinals Pavlina will play vs
M. Shaugnessy of the USA again. Pavlina had lost to her at
the Us Open - II round, but she is playing terrific tennis
now and she is one of the favourite for the title.
23, 10'00 Pavlina Nola lost the semifinal in Shanghei, but
her performance this week will bring her back among the top
100. This week Maggie Maleeva plays in Moskow. In the first
round she plays vs the young Russian star Lina Krasnoroutskaya,
from whom she has already lost last year in Luxemburg, but
now Maggie plays top tennis and I don't think that she will
have any problems with her. If Maggie goes to the second round
she will play vs Arantxa Sanches Vicario of Spain. In the
qulifying event in Moskow, Svetlana Kriventcheva lost in the
first round vs Husarova in straight sets. In Bratislava plays
Lubomira Bacheva. In the first set she plays vs the N7 seeded
Grande of Italy.
26, 10'00 Maggie Maleeva had won her first round match vs
the young and promissing Russian Lina Krasnourutskaya 4-6
6-1 6-3 and in the second round awaits Arantxa Sanches Vicario
of Spain. In the doubles, however, Maggie didn't play very
successfully and lost in the first round. In Slovak Lubomira
Bacheva lost in the first round vs the seeded Gersi of Italy
6-2 6-3. In the doubles, paired with her constant partner
Torrence-Valero, won in the first round.
26, 10'00 MAGGIE IS A HERO: She had beaten Arantxa Sanches
Vicario to enter the qurterfinals. And she did it with a great
result 6-3 6-2. And that's also means that she can enter back
the top 20 of the world (Now she is at No.22). And for a place
in the semis she will play Mouresmo I think that she can make
it to the semifinals and than we shall see, if she can do
it vs Hingis. I think she is capable.
31, 10'00Maggie Maleeva is playing a wonderful tennis now.
She reached the quarterfinals of the Moskow event, and lost
to Mouresmo in a very tough match. But she was playing perfect
tennis. This week Maggie plays in Leipzig, where in the first
round she meets Jana Kandarr, who plays with a wild card.
Maggie has all the chances to enter back the top 20 of the
world. She has to earn only 64 points in oder to enter the
top 20. Now she is at N21. Maggie is No.5 seeded in Leipzig
and if she passes the first round she will face either Sidot
or Habsudova. Maggie is one of the favourite for this year's
1, 11'00 Maggie Maleeva didn't have many problems with the
wild card player Jana Kandarr of Germany and beat her 6-2
6-2. In the second round Maggie will play vs K. Hrdlichkova,
who is not in top form though. Maggie and Docic had follen
in the first round of the doubles, Antoaneta Pangerova - in
the first round of the qulifying event in Leipzig and Desisslava
Topalova lost there the main draw match.
4, 11'00 Maggie Maleeva had lost the quarterfinal match vs
Anna K. 4-6 5-7, but she did great at Leipzig and I think
she will be top 20 now. Next Maggie will play probably Kuala
Lumpur or will give herself a week to rest. Maggie may also
qulify for the Chase Championships. In the Philadelphia draw
Maggie is not listed. In Kuala Lumpur will be probably Lubomira
Bacheva and Pavlina Nola as well.
8, 11'00 Pavlina Nola started very well in Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia. In the first round Pavlina upset the N7 seeded player
Anastasiya Muskina and in the second round will face a qulifier.
In a Challenger event in the USA our top men Orlin Stanoytchev
has lost to the N1 seeded Fromberg in the first round.
8, 11'00 Pavlina Nola is doing very well in Kuala Lumpur.
She had again reached the quarterfinals of a WTA event. In
the quarterfinals she will play the winner of the Docic -
2, 12'00 The Bulgarian team had fallen in the semifinals
of the European Tennis Championships. Both Ivo Bratanov (N2)
and Milen Velev(No.1) had lost their matches. The captain
of the Bulgarian team Mark Markov decided not playing the
doubles. Meanwhile in Eddie Herr International tennis tournament,
all Bulgarians had fallen. In the group boys 14 Ivaylo Bozilov
lost in the second round, in the boys 16 both Bulgarians had
to go through the qulifcations to enter the main draw. They
both reached the second round, but unfortunatelly lost. In
the group boys 18 Radoslav Lukaev was seeded 6, he passed
the first round with no problems at all, but has to withdrow,
due to injury ( hopefully nothing serious). Sesil Karatancheva
was the most successful from all the Bulgarians there. The
young Bulgarian talent passed two rounds, upsetting two Americans,
before falling in the 1/8 finals. Sessil has been couached
by some of the best tennis coaches of Bulgaria, including
the mother of the Maleeva sisters - Julia Berberyan, as well
as the mother of Elena Wagner.Nadezda Vassileva passed a round
in the group of the girls 16, and Maria Penkova, after upsetting
the 11th seeded player, lost in the second round.
10,12'00 The Blgarians did well in the Prince cup event In
the group girls 14, Cecil Karatancheva lost in the first round
of the singles but reached the quarterfinals of the doubles.
THe best of the Bulgarians was Nadejda Vassileva, who reached
the semifinals of the singles, and the second round of the
doubles.This will give her confidence for the upcoming Orange
Bowl Championships. Maria Penkova in the group girls 18 could
only pass a round. In the boys event , Ivailo Bozilov played
very well. He reached the qarterfinals of the singles, but
on the way to the quarterfinals he upset the N1 seeded player.
Radoslav Lukaev was not in the main draw of the tournament.
12, 12, 00 Four Bulgarians will compete in Orange Bowl -
the Unofficial World Champoionship for Juniors. In the group
of girls 16, Nadezda Vassileva plays in the first round vs
Diana Srebrovic, a Canadian of Serbian origin. The draw of
Nadezda is not very easy, because eventually in the second
round she will have to meet the N2 seeded Nica Ozegovic of
Croatia. However, Nadezda was very successful at the Prince
Cup tournament and she surely plays a competative tennis.
In the group girls 18 Maria Penkova had already won her first
round match in the singles. In the first round she upset Renata
Lukovkan, and in the second round she will eventually face
the N2 seeded Vorakova of The Chech Republic. In the group
boys 16 there are not Bulgarians in the main draw, but eventually
Petar Trendafilov can qulify for the main draw of the singles.
In the group boys 18 N1 seeded is Todor Enev. No.15 is Radoslav
Lukaev who had already won his first round match. He beat
Philip Gubenko of Canada 6-4 6-1. In the second round he awaits
Jan Metrl. In the first round ?nev is playing vs a qulifyer.
13,12'00 Three Bulgarians are left in the second round of
the Orange Bowl event. In the first round of the girls 16
group yesterday Nadezda Vassileva couldn't beat D. Srebrovic
and fell 4-6 1-6. Maria Penkova plays today her second round
match vs Vorakova. She plays as well the doubles - in a pair
with Blaszak ( USA) they meet Rolle/Nemeth. In the group boys
18 the N1 seeded Todor Enev did not had many problems with
the qulifyer Harol Srugo of Israel and upset him 6-2 6-1.
In the second round Enev will play vs the German A. Schwezer.
Radoslav Lukaev is to play his second round match today. In
the doubles, Todor Enev is paired with Julien Cassaigne of
France. They are seeded fourth. Lukaev is in a pair with Jonathan
Stokke of the USA.
14, 12 '00 Only one Bulgarian is left in the main draw of
the singles in the Orange Bowl event in California. The second
round was final for Maria Penkova and Radoslav Lukaev. Maria
Penkova fell in two sets to one of the favourite for the title
in the age group girls 18 - Voracova, who is N2 seeded as
well. Radoslav Lukaev (N15th seeded) had a very tough match
vs Metrl of France and virtully lost it at 5-7 6-7. The N1
seeded Todor Enev is through after an easy match vs Schweitzer.
Enev won the match 6-3 6-3. Next Enev will play Tuksar for
a place in the quarterfinals. In the doubles event, the fourth
seeded Enev/Cassagne easily defeated Cook/Emery 6-2 6-1. Lukaev
and Stokke as well did it to the second round, after beating
Carrascosa/Srugo 6-4 6-4
15,12,00 Todor Enev, the No.1 seeded junior is confidently
going ahead in the Orange Bowl event. In the 1/8 finals of
the event, he beat with no problem Tuskar, with the smashing
result 6-1 6-1. In the quarterfinals Enev will play J. Tipsarevic.
In the doubles event, Todor was not that successful, because
he and his partner fell to P Kohlschreiber/ Simon Stadler
in two sets, but this will give Enev more time to consentrate
on his singles play. However, Lukaev and Stokke are doing
very well in the doubles event. They reached the quarterfinals,
after a 1/8 final win over the German pair Mayer/Schweizer.
In the quarterfinals Lukaev/Stokke meet the No. 1 seeded pair
B Echagaray/S Gonzalez. In the girls doubles Maria Penkova/Alves
reached the round of the last 16.
Maggie wins "Troph?e Pro-Elle in Le Touquet"
Maggie Maleeva won the "Troph?e Pro-Elle in Le Touquet"
in France the last week. Maggie appeared in the draw on the
place of J. Halard-Decugis, but virtually won the tournament.
On her way to the title, Magdalena beat Razzano, Dechy and
Anne Galle-Sidot in the final. This will surely give Maggie
a good start in the new year. She is commited to play the
Ganberra tournament in the week of 8 January.
19, 12 '00Orange Bowl:
Finally Todor Enev did it. In five appearances he won "Orange
Bowl". He is the first male Bulgarian tennis player to
ever reach such a success. Finishing his bright career as
a junior with such a success, will surely give Todor a lot
of confidence as he starts playing on the professional tournaments.
!!! So best of luck to him.!!!
Awards: Maggie Maleeva won the Come Back Award of the Sports
Illustrated. Here is the story:
Comeback Player of the Year (women): Maggie Maleeva. AWOL
for two years rehabbing an injured shoulder, the youngest
of the pre-Williams Family Act finishes 2000 on the fringes
of the top 20.
Todor Enev - Orange Bowl winner