2003 Nasdaq-100 Open Info

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Nasdaq Notes March 28
WTA Final ... Notes
WTA Review Finals / S.Williams vs. Jennifer Capriati
 


Women' Finals ...
 
NASDAQ-100 OPEN
Miami, FL, USA
US $2,960,000 (Tier I)
Hardcourt/Outdoors
March 19 - 30, 2003

Results - Saturday 29th March 2003

Singles final
(1) Serena Williams (USA) d. (6) Jennifer Capriati (USA) 46 64 61

This is Serena Williams' third consecutive title win, extending her
match record to 17-0. She adds this title to her 2003 Australian Open
and Paris titles. She withdrew from Scottsdale this year due to a
recurring knee injury. She successfully defended her NASDAQ-100 Open
title in a repeat final of last year's championship match.

Quotes from S. Williams:
"Three sets," when asked what she was thinking after the first set.

Commenting on Capriati's performance, "I don't think [her level of play]
dropped off after the first set. I think she played well in the first
and second set. I just think I had to pick my level of game up."

"It's gonna be really hard. It's impossible to win them all. If you
could, I would love to. That's going to be what I'm going to try to do,
but I don't know if it's possible," when asked about finishing the year
without losing a match.

Quotes from Capriati:
"I came out playing great, just moving the ball around, not making many
errors, going for my shots. And I returned well, served well... . For
some reason, I guess instead of keeping up that kind of level or that
kind of game, I just backed away instead of moving up... . Then she
just got back into a good rhythm and she started playing a lot better,
just got on the run a lot. It was a tough match."

Commenting on Williams' game, "She goes for it. You're going to make a
lot of errors, but you're going to make a lot of winners too. I think
she played well, but I definitely could have done things differently."


Friday, March 28, 2003

TWO FOR THE PRICE OF ONE: Fans attending Saturday's session of the 2003
NASDAQ-100 Open will be treated to an extra match. The women's singles
final, featuring No. 1 Serena Williams and No. 6 Jennifer Capriati, will
begin at 11 a.m. as scheduled. That will be followed by a men's semifinal
match between No. 2 Andre Agassi and No. 9 Albert Costa. The men's doubles
final will also be played Saturday following the men's semifinal. Tickets
are available for $45 and can be bought at the gate or by calling
305-442-3367.

SUNDAY EARLY START: The men's final is scheduled for Sunday at 11 a.m., an
earlier start from past years. The men's final will also be best 2-out-of-3
sets, also a change from past years to accommodate television. Tickets are
available for $45 and can be bought at the gate or by calling 305-442-3367.

ESPN2 TO AIR SATURDAY SEMIFINAL ON TAPE DELAY: Saturday's afternoon
semifinal between Albert Costa and Andre Agassi will air on ESPN2 on tape
delay at 9 p.m. Saturday night.

NASDAQ-100 OPEN NAMED TOP TOURNAMENT: The ATP presented the NASDAQ-100 Open
staff with the 2002 Tennis Masters Series Tournament of the Year Award prior
to tonight's evening matches. The vote was taken by players during the 2003
Australian Open to award a tournament for its excellence in the tennis
world. This is the fourth time that the Miami has been recognized for its
merit in tennis. From 1998-2000, tournament officials were presented with
the International Gold Tournament of the Year Award.

STOCK MARKET SENSATIONS: Wick Simmons, Chairman and CEO of NASDAQ; Bob
Strong, executive director of the Securities Industry Foundation for
Economic Education; Kim Sands, Director of Tennis at the Ashe Buchholz
Tennis Center; and Barbara Hardemon, FOCAL program manager presented the
winning team of the First Serve Stock Market Game competition: Rashante
Jordan and Yerusha Green with trophies at an on-court ceremony today. The
First Serve participants learned about investing by competing in the Stock
Market Game where teams compete by growing their hypothetical portfolios
using real stocks and real-time prices. The NASDAQ Educational Foundation
and partner SIFEE, Securities Industry Foundation for Economic Education,
have partnered with the US Tennis Association and its "First Serve" tennis
program to introduce inner-city youth to investing and entrepreneurship
through a special program at the Ashe-Buchholz Tennis Center.


US$2,960,000 19th NASDAQ-100 Open
The Tennis Center at Crandon Park, Miami, FL-USA
WTA FINAL NOTES, March 19 - 30, 2003

ROAD TO THE FINAL

(1) Serena Williams (USA #1)
R128: BYE
R64: d. Francesca Schiavone (ITA #35) 75 61 (1:22)
R32: d. (25) Tatiana Panova (RUS #24) 62 61 (0:55)
R16: d. Iroda Tulyaganova (UZB #45) 60 64 (0:59)
QF: d. (Q) Marion Bartoli (FRA #87) 61 62 (1:01)
SF: d. (3) Kim Clijsters (BEL #3) 64 62 (1:20)
Total games: 83
Won/lost: 61/22
Total time on court: 5:37

vs. (6) Jennifer Capriati (USA #5)
R128: BYE
R64: d. (Q) Anastassia Rodionova (RUS #124) 76(3) 62 (1:24)
R32: d. (31) Laura Granville (USA #34) 76(4) 60 (1:18)
R16: d. (WC) Sarah Taylor (USA #85) 61 60 (0:56)
QF: d. (23) Meghann Shaughnessy (USA #22) 46 76 64 (2:34)
SF: d. (12) Chanda Rubin (USA #10) 62 64 (1:13)
Total games: 104
Won/lost: 67/37
Total time on court: 7:25

BIRTHDAY FINAL FOR CAPRIATI; REPEAT FINAL FOR NASDAQ-100 OPEN

Win or lose, world No. 5 Jennifer Capriati will be celebrating her 27th birthday after her championship match against No. 1 Serena Williams. Saturday’s final, which falls on Capriati’s birthday, is a rematch of last year’s championship match when Capriati was the world No. 1 and top seed. Williams clenched the title in straight sets, 7-5, 7-6(4). This year’s final would be only the second time in the tournament’s 19-year history that features a repeat final. The only other occasion was in 1987 and 1988 when Steffi Graf defeated Chris Evert in both finals.

RANKING PROJECTIONS

The ranking projections for Monday, March 31, 2003, following the NASDAQ-100 Open are:

1. Serena Williams (USA)
2. Venus Williams (USA)
3. Kim Clijsters (BEL)*
4. Justine Henin-Hardenne (BEL)
5. Lindsay Davenport (USA)
6. Jennifer Capriati (USA)**
7. Amelie Mauresmo (FRA)
8. Daniela Hantuchova (SVK)
9. Chanda Rubin (USA)
10. Jelena Dokic (YUG)

*Clijsters will overtake V. Williams for the No. 2 spot when the rankings are released on Monday, April 14, 2003, providing that V. Williams does not play prior to that date.

**If Capriati wins the NASDAQ-100 Open, she will overtake Davenport for the No. 5 spot. If she does not win, her ranking will remain at No. 6


AUSTRALIAN OPEN-NASDAQ CONNECTION

Serena Williams makes an attempt to join Steffi Graf (1988 and 1994), Monica Seles (1991) and Martina Hingis (1997) as the only players in the 18-year history of the NASDAQ-100 Open to have won the Australian Open and NASDAQ-100 Open back to back. The following is a look at the Australian Open winners since 1984, and how they fared at the NASDAQ -100 Open three months later:

YEAR AUSTRALIAN WINNER ROUND REACHED IN MIAMI
1985* Chris Evert Finalist (l. No. 1 seed Navratilova)
1986* Martina Navratilova - did not play -
1987 Hana Mandlikova Semifinalist (l. No. 2 seed Evert)
1988 Steffi Graf Champion (d. No. 2 seed Evert)
1989 Steffi Graf - did not play - (No. 1 seed Sabatini won title)
1990 Steffi Graf - did not play - due to wrist injury (No. 1 seed Sabatini lost QF to Martinez)
1991 Monica Seles Champion (d. No. 3 seed Sabatini)
1992 Monica Seles Quarterfinalist (l. No. 5 seed Capriati)
1993 Monica Seles - did not play - due to viral infection (No. 1 seed Graf lost F to Sanchez)
1994 Steffi Graf Champion (d. No. 9 seed Zvereva)
1995 Mary Pierce - did not play -
1996 Monica Seles - did not play - due to shoulder injury (No. 1 seed Graf d. No. 6 Rubin)
1997 Martina Hingis Champion (d. No. 4 seed Seles)
1998 Martina Hingis Semifinalist (l. No. 11 seed Venus Williams)
1999 Martina Hingis Semifinalist (l. No. 16 seed Serena Williams)
2000 Lindsay Davenport Finalist (l. No. 1 seed Hingis)
2001 Jennifer Capriati Finalist (l. No. 3 seed V. Williams)
2002 Jennifer Capriati Finalist (l. No. 8 seed S. Williams)
2003 Serena Williams (tbd)
* Australian Open was held in December up until 1987

IMPRESSIVE RUNS
Least Games en route to Final Least Games en route to Title Lost No(0) sets en route to Title
12 – Graf (1993)
15 – Graf (1994); Hingis (2000)
17 – Graf (1987)
19 – Capriati (2001)
20 – S. Williams (2002) 20 – Graf (1987); Hingis (2000)
24 – Graf (1994); Seles (1990)
28 – Sanchez-Vicario (1992)
Hingis (2000); Graf (1995-96);
Sanchez-Vicario (1992);
Seles (1990); Graf (1987-88)
Evert (1986)

BEST STARTS TO A WTA TOUR SEASON

Serena Williams is off to a good start this season, currently on a 16-0 winning streak. Following is a list of the most singles matches won before a player’s first loss of the year:

1. Steffi Graf 45 wins (1987)
2. Tie – Martina Hingis 37 wins (1997)
Martina Navratilova 37 wins (1978)
4. Martina Navratilova 36 wins (1983)
5. Chris Evert 33 wins (1981)
6. Tie – Steffi Graf 32 wins (1994)
Steffi Graf 32 wins (1995)
8. Steffi Graf 31 wins (1989)


CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH-UP

(1) SERENA WILLIAMS (USA #1) vs. (6) JENNIFER CAPRIATI (USA #5)
Head-to-Head: Williams leads 7-4


S. Williams Quick Facts
Age: 21
WTA Tour career singles titles: 21
WTA Tour career prize money: $10,795,079
MIAMI HISTORY
• Sixth consecutive appearance here; won 2002 title, d. top three seeds en route, Hingis in QF, V. Williams in SF and Capriati in F; runner-up in 1999, l. to V. Williams, 61 46 64; reached QF two times in 2001 (l. to Capriati) and 1998 (l. to Hingis); reached 4r in 2000, l. to Capriati
2003 TO DATE
• Playing third Tour event of 2003; withdrew from Scottsdale due to a recurring knee injury; won both events prior to Scottsdale, captured Australian Open title, d. sister Venus 76 36 64 to win her fifth career Grand Slam title, and fourth in a row, becoming only the fifth woman in tennis history to hold all four majors at the same time (after Connolly, Court, Navratilova and Graf); in SF came from 1-5 and 2 mps down to d. Clijsters becoming only the fifth woman in Australian Open history to win the tournament after being mp down,in 1r was three points from elimination vs. Loit; also won doubles with her sister, their fifth Grand Slam win together; won Paris, d. No. 3 seed Mauresmo, 63 62
CAREER IN REVIEW
• Undisputed world No.1 in 2002, dominating season by winning all three Grand Slams contested (Roland Garros, Wimbledon and US Open – withdrew from Australian Open due to r. ankle sprain), d. older sister Venus in each final and displaced her as world No.1 following Wimbledon; became first woman since Hingis in 1997 to win three majors in one season; won another five titles including Miami (d. world’s Top 3 players - joining only Graf to accomplish that feat in the Open Era), Scottsdale, Italian Open, Tokyo [Princess Cup] and Leipzig; breakthrough season was in 1999, won first five titles, including US Open and improved ranking from No. 24 to No. 4 by season’s end; member of winning 1999 US Fed Cup team; won 2000 Olympic Gold with Venus in doubles
CAREER-HIGH RANKING & COACH
• No.1 (July 8, 2002 – Present - 39 straight weeks so far)
• Here with her father and coach Richard Williams and fitness trainer Kerrie Brooks

Capriati Quick Facts
Age: 26
WTA Tour career singles titles: 13
WTA Tour career prize money: $7,017,001
MIAMI HISTORY
• Making 12th appearance here; runner-up two consecutive years, 2001 (l. to V. Williams) and 2002 (l. to S. Williams); reached SF in 1992, l. to eventual champion Sanchez-Vicario; two-time quarterfinalist in 1991 (l. eventual champion Seles) and 2000 (upset No. 5 seed S. Williams in 4r, l. to Tested)
2003 TO DATE
• Playing fifth Tour event of 2003; started season with losses in Sydney 2r (after 1r bye) to Panova 46 64 75 and Australian Open 1r to Weingärtner 26 76(6) 64; withdrew from Tokyo [Pan Pacific] citing need to recover from eye surgery to remove sunspots; reached SF Dubai l. to eventual champion Henin-Hardenne in 3s; reached SF at Indian Wells, l. to Davenport, 64 46 64
CAREER IN REVIEW
• Winner of 13 Tour singles titles (incl. three Grand Slams at 2001 Australian and French Opens and 2002 Australian Open) and one doubles title; had best year of her career in 2001, winning first Grand Slams and reaching No.1 for the first time on 15 October, finishing season at No.2; named 2001 ITF Women’s Singles World Champion; singles gold medallist at 1992 Barcelona Olympics; in 1990 as a 14-year-old, became youngest player to reach a Grand Slam SF (at Roland Garros), win a singles title (Puerto Rico) and reach the Top 10; a member of the US Fed Cup team 1990-91, 1996 and 2000 and the US Olympic team in 1992
CAREER-HIGH RANKING & COACH
• No.1 for 17 wks (15 Oct - 4 Nov 2001; 14 January - 24 February, 18 March - 21 April, 20 May - 10 June 2002)
• Coached by her father, Stefano Capriati

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