Former Champ, Local Hope Take Centre Stage
Their respective rankings don’t tell the whole story. Former singles champion Anne Kremer brings a world ranking of 33 and a tournament third seeding into the opening day of play at this year’s ASB BANK Classic. And on that basis, you might expect her to cruise past her first-round opponent in the Ezibuy singles draw Kiwi prospect Pavlina Nola, currently sitting more than 100 spots below her on the world list. But looks can be deceiving
In fact, Bulgarian-born Nola, who married New Zealander Grant Nola two years ago, reached a career-high ranking of 68th before a late slump ... so she is capable of playing well above her current status. And that’s a fact Kremer can testify to Nola holds a somewhat surprising 2-1 edge in head-to-head encounters between the pair.
Kremer actually won their last meeting a straight-set result in qualifying on hardcourt at San Diego in 1999. But Nola took their previous match-ups at the 1997 US Open and earlier that year on clay at Vaihingen. While at least four main-draw entries must wait for qualifying results today to find who their first round opponents will be, several others have specifically requested Tuesday matches for a variety of reasons, including jet lag.