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31.03.2003 Maggie Maleeva had her greatest success in the doubles so far. In Miami, paired with Liezel Huber from RSA, they won the tournament beating Miyagi/Asagoe. They won the first set easily, but than lost control in the second. Miyagi/Asagoe took advantage and lead 4-0, however Maggie and Liezel managed somehow to get it to 3-4, but that was all they could do in the second set. The Japanese pair won it 6-3. In the third set, Maleeva and Huber made an early break to lead 3-0, but were broken back. However, they never lost control of the match and were always the leading pair. Serving for the match at 5-4, they had a match point, which they eventually lost, but finished it all up at 7-5. Maggie becomes thus one of the few players, who can brag around having won a Tier I event both in singles and doubles. The Maleeva/Huber team stands at 10th position for the year ending chase championships in doubles, hope they will keep playing together, and enjoy seccess bigger than that shown at Nasdaq 100 Open

29.03.2003 Wow, Maggie enjoys a great doubles tournament in Miami. In the biggest tournament, appart from the Grand Slams, she paired with Lizel Huber had reached the finals, upsetting in the quarterfinals the No.3 seed pair Klisters/Sugiyama, after that the latest Australian Open Mixed double Champion Martina Navratilova paired with S. Kusnetzova. Now, they are to play vs Miyagi/Asagoe. Meanwhile, both Pironkova and Penkova are in the quarterfinals in Athens

27.03.2003 A huge photo gallery was created with all the latest pics, I could find or scan lately, check it under PHOTOS, more in the profiles of each player!

Pironkova seeded 4th in Athens
26.03.2003 Full set of Bulgarians are participating in the tournament in Athens (§10 000), among them - two seeds. Seeded under N4 is the "in-form" Tsvetana Pironkova, who blew away Elena Vianello 6-1 6-1 in the first round, the seeded Bulgarian Maria Penkova (8th seeded) mauled country woman Nadejda Vassileva 6-4 6-0. Other Bulgarians playing are Biliana Pavlova, who meets native Kaplani in the first round, and Elena Stoyanova, who lost her first round match. Two are the Bulgarian pairs playing - Pavlova/Penkova won their first round match, and thus secured themselv a quarterfinal match vs the N1 seeded pair of Romania. Vassileva/Stoyanova failed to win a match at the tournament, as they lost their first round match in the doubles.

26.03.2003The Profile of Orlin Stanoytchev was updated, check it out here

Maleeva/Huber reach the 1/4 finals
26.03.2003 It seems Maggie and Lizel make a good team. Yesterday in the second round of the singles they mauled Tu/Jeyasseelan 6-2 6-1 and now are to play vs the winner of the Clijsters/Sugiyama - Dechy/Loit match. Lizel is a good doubles player, she has her place among the elite of the doubles. She used to be paired with Martina Navratilova and is still her warm up partner. Best of luck to them.

25.03.2003 Maggie Maleeva and Lizel Huber had won their first round match in the doubles in Miami. They upset Vento-Kabchi/Widjaja in straight sets. Next they will face Jeyaseelan/Tu

26.03.2003 The site is under huge update, there might be troubles such as non functioning links!

25.03.2003 Maggie Maleeva lost her third round match vs M. Shaugnessy in Miami. She lost both sets to 4!

20.03.2003 Orlin Stanoytchev was elected captain of the Bulgarian Davis Cup team. He had summoned Todor Enev, Radoslav Lukaev to take part in the competition, which will take part in April in Sofia. He, himself, is a playing captain, so the team should rely on his experience.

04.05.2003 Maggie Maleeva and Lizel Huber have just won the double's tournament at the J & S Cup in Polen. Maleeva / Huber lost the first set 3-6, but then started to play much better. They broke Daniilidou/Shiavone in the ninth game of the second set, and after that won their own service game, and thus the second set at 6-4. Maggie and Lizer won the opening game of the second set to lead 1-0, however the other pair also won ther service game and even managed to break Maleeva/Huber to lead 2-1. At certain point, Daniilidou/Shiavone had a point to lead 3-1, but Maggie and Lizel didn't give up. With a wonderful game, they won five games in a row to win the match 3-6 6-4 6-2. This is the second major success for Maggie in the doubles. About a month ago, also paired with Huber, they won Amelia Island. The vicotory in Warsaw will add 220 points to their WTA account and they will be No.5 - 6 in the team team rankings. Great Done !!!

29.04.2003 J&S Cup, Poland Maggie Maleeva lost today her first round match in Poland. The No.5 seeded Maggie had general problmes keeping her service, took the first set 7-6, but then failed to keep up with Parra from Spain. The final score is 7-6 4-6 1-6. Next Maggie will play in Berlin, Germany. Wait for live reports.

26.04.2003 ITF, Taranto,Italy ($25 000) No. 2 seeded Bacheva proceeded to the quarterfinals of the tournament, after a victory over Dell'Angelo in the second round. The match was very close, the Italian won the first set, but straight after Bacheva set herself together and won the second set 6/0 and the deciding third 6/3.

26.04.2003 Fed Cup Bulgaria couldn't qualify for the futher stages of the tournament, after we beat Israel with just 2-1. The play of Pironkova was most impressing, she beat Oblizer of Israel in the opening match of the meeting in straight sets. Pironkova, 14 years younger, and more than 100 places below in the rankings, scored her first vicotry for Bulgaria. The Fed Cup officials wrote: experience counts for nothing when you play vs Pironkova. Maggie's play was great too, she never lost a match in the singles!

21.04.2003 Fed Cup Bulgaria defeated Georgia in Group B of the I Euro-African Group today, tie was 2-1. Dessislava Topalova lost the opening match to Kavlashvili in straight sets, 1-6 0-6, a result that is even a bit scary. Then, however, Maggie Maleeva equaled, mauling Chakhnashvili 6-2 6-3. The Bulgarian pair(Maleeva/Topalova) gave no chance to the Georgians, we won 6-2 6-1. In our group are also Israel, with Anna Pistolesi (a top 30 player, and a very good clay-court one) and Jugoslavia, however without Jelena Dokic. So we have all the chances for qualifying for the further stages of the tournament

21.04.2003 This week Bulgaria Fed Cup team will be playing in Estoril, Portugal. The Bulgarians to play are: Magdalena Maleeva, Dessislava Topalova and Tzvetana Pironkova (debut), captain: Julia Berberyan. With such a team Bulgaria has all the chances to qualify for the play-offs for the World Group.

19.04.2003 The profile of Milen Velev has been updated, six new pics were added!

06.04.2003 Davis Cup Bulgaria defeated Ukraine in the first round of the II Euro African Zone. In the most important match, Ivailo Traykov prevailed over Stepanov in three tough sets. Well done!!! Next the team faces the team of Serbia and Montenegro. The previous ties are not in faveour of Bulgara. The last time the both teams met was back in 1983, when Bulgaria lost 0-5, and the other meeting ended 1-4 for Serbia/Montenegro(1975) However, the present team of Bulgaria can win!!!.

05.04.2003 Istambul, Turkey Tsvetana Pironkova is doing great in Istambul. She reached the quarterfinals, as she mauled her second round opponent 6-0 6-1.Davis Cup After a bad start, the Bulgarians are now 2-1 ahead of Ukraine. In the first match yesterday, Ivailo Traykov fell to Tereschuk in five very tough sets, the match lasted more than four hours, Ivailo asked for medical help. Radoslav Lukaev, however, braught back the hope, as he beat Dernovski in four sets. After that the Bulgarian pair Lukaev/Enev lead Bulgaria 2-1 ahead. The Maleeva sisters were to be seen supporting the team.

04.04.2003 Istambul, Turkey Tsvetana Pironkova is the only survivor in the main draw of the singles in Turkey. She defeated her first round opponent in straight sets 6-4 6-3 (her opponent's name is Ruutel)

02.04.2003 Istambul, Turkey In Istambul several Bulgarians are taking part. No.5 seeded is Pironkova, who plays vs Ruutel of Estonia, Maria Penkova faces Lindstrom of Sweeden, Bilyana Pavlova and Virginia Trifonova are also in the main draw of the singles. Two Bulgarian pairs are in the main draw of the doubles - Penkova/Pavlova and Trifonova/Vassileva!

Maggie's birthday

Happy birthday to Maggie! Best wishes!

Bulgaria faces Ukraine
01.04.2003 Bulgaria faces this week the Ukrainian Davis Cup team in the second Euro-African Group. The Bulgarian team will be represented by Orlin Stanoytchev (captain), Ivailo Traykov, Todor Enev and Radoslav Lukaev. All matches will be held in "Sofia Tennis Hall" (tickets: 5lv a day, 10 leva three-days ticket). The draw of the Bulgarians is not very light, but if all playing well, they won't have problems.

Week 5-19 May, 2003

Maggie Maleeva playd in Berlin, a Tier I event. In the first round of the singles Maggie had a tough one to play against - the Chech Denisa Chladkova, a very good clay court player. The match started well, with Maggie winning the first set in a tie-break. However, it was a really tough one, Chladkova was returning everything, running back and forth the court and as a result, she won the second set 6-1. In the third set everybody was winning their service games until it came to 4-5 for Chladkova. Maggie was serving to stay in the match, however she couldn't do it this time. She lost her service game and thus the match.

Maggie was also in the doubles, playing with her new partner Liezel Huber. They came to Berlin as a pair, that has never lost a match - winning their first tournaments. They started the tournament very well, won their first match, than in the second round were playing against the No.8 seeded Martinez/Tulyaganova. They won the match in straight sets. In the quarterfinals Maggie and Liezel faced the No. 4 seeded pair Dokic/Petrova. The match was a very interesting one and despite Dokic and Petrova were playing well, Magdalena and Huber were much better and it never came to point, when they were really pressed by the Serbia-Montenegro / Russian pair. The toughest possible match and the pair they have never played against was their semifinal clash. Maleeva and Huber played against the absolute No.1 Ruano- Pascual / Suarez. The match was indeed very interesting, and despite the result 6-3 6-1 gives no view of the endless dueces, Maggie and Huber lost it a tough way. This was their first loss in 13 matches.

The next tournament Maggie played was the one in Rome, Italy. The Italian Open (which was won in 1984 by Manuela Maleeva over Chris Evert) started well for the Bulgarian. She won her first round singles match (the last games of the match will be uploaded on the site soon) on the center court. The match was vs a tough player Silvia Farina Ellia, who however, doesn't enjoy her best form right now. On the same day, Maggie and Liezel won their first round doubles match. The second day of the tournament was marked by the exit of Maggie out of the singles (she lost to Tina Pisnik), but in the doubles they did a miracle - upset the No.2 seeded and defending champion Elena Lihovsteva/ Cara Black. Next they they lost to Navratilova / Kusnetzova.

Magdalena Maleeva withdrew from this week's Strassbourg International. Her next event will be the French Open

Last week's results:

ITF, Casale,Italy

No.2 Pandjerova - Vedy 6-7 6-4 1-6 (I round)

ITF, Bromma,Sweden

Maria Geznenge - Gzink 2-6 1-6 (I round)

ITF, Charlottesville,VA,USA

Krastevich - Shabaz 6-4 6-1 (I round)

Krastevich - Colosio 6-4 3-6 6-3 (II round)

Krastevich - Skavronskaya 4-6 5-7 (1/4 finals)

Week May 19-25, 2003

"Roland Garros" Preview

Two Bulgarians took part in the "Roland Garros" qualifying event - Lubomira Bacheva and Maria Geznenge. Maria played first. Her first round opponent was Evelyn Fauth of Austria. The match was not very long - Maria took just a game in the second set, the match ended 6-0 6-1 for the Austrian. Bacheva had a tough first round opponent Fokina of Russia. Howevere, it seems Luba is playing very well, she won the match in straight sets - 6-3 6-3. Her second round opponent was the young Hungarian uprising star Aniko Kapros. The Hungarian took the first set 6-3, right after Lubomira broke early in the second set to secure herself a lead. She won the second set 6-3. In the opening game of the third set, Bacheva was the one to serve. She easily won this game and made it to a break point on the Kapros serve. Bacheva couldn't convert it to a break, though. Kapros won the third set 6-3.

In the main draw, the only Bulgarian in the singles will be Magdalena Maleeva. She is seeded 15th. Her first round opponent is aAlicia Molik of Australia. They have met just once - the tie is one both. Maggie won the first match, Molic the latest (US Open'01). Both matches were played on hard outdoors. Eventually, her third round opponent will be Elena Bovina and a most probably - Kim Clijsters in the fourth round.

This week's results:

Open de Espana Madrid 2012, Madrid,Spain

Svetlana Kriventcheva - Leefevre, Sophie 5-7 1-6 (first qualifying round)

Baumag Open, Budapest Hungary ($25 000)

N3 Radoslav Lukaev - Adrian Cruciat 7-6 6-2 (first round)

N3 Radoslav Lukaev - Alessio di Mauro 5-7 0-6 (second round)




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