2000 Direct Line International Championships

News, Players, WTA Players

By Neil-Monticelli Harley-Rudd

juliehalarddecugisJulie Halard-Decugis kept her nerve and concentration in a fiercely fought rain interrupted final to see off Belgian Dominique van Roost 7-5 6-4 to claim the Eastbourne crown.

The French ace was a last-gasp entrant in order to get as much grass court practice ahead of Wimbledon, so winning the tournament was a massive bonus for the world no17.

It proved unlucky 13 for the packed Centre Court fans as 13 minutes into the contest heavy rain caused play to be suspended. Yet no6 seed Halard-Decugis had already got the upper hand with a break of serve to lead 2-1.

There was a three hour delay before the final resumed, and the patient supporters – who had already waited for the final to start following a 30 minute delay – were rewarded with aggressive play.

The Versailles-based French no4 tested the mettle of Van Roost by deliberately standing close to receiving serve in order to try to pressure her opponent into being accurate.

Harlard-Decugis, serving for the title at 5-3 up in the second set, lost her way with faltering play. But the 30-year-old sealed success by breaking serve immediately to notch her 11th WTA Tour title.

Harlard-Decugis said: “Along with the title I won in Paris in 1996 this is probably the most important in my career.

“It was getting dark near the end and after we lost so much time to the rain earlier I was afraid we would have to come back tomorrow and miss a day’s rest before Wimbledon.

“But I was determined not to rush and although I was not happy to lose a game when 5-3 up in the second, I was able to take her next service game for the title.”

Defending champion Natasha Zvereva stuttered in her first match at Devonshire Park, falling to Russian compatriot Anna Kournikova who lost to American Chanda Rubin in the quarter-finals.

 

Final

5

  Dominique van Roost

64

4

6/WC

  Julie Halard-Decugis

7

6

 

First Round Second Round Quarter-finals Semi-finals
1   L Davenport 6 3 6
  A-G Sidot 2 2 Q   J Kandarr 3 6 4
Q   J Kandarr 6 6 1   L Davenport 6 4 4
WC   J Pullin 63 5 5   D Van Roost 4 6 6
  E Likhovtseva 7 7   E Likhovtseva 2 4
LL   T Pisnik 4 66 5   D Van Roost 6 6
5   D Van Roost 6 7 5   D Van Roost 4 7 6
  A Kremer 6 5 1
3   A Coetzer 6 6
  A Smashnova 6 6   A Smashnova 2 0
WC   L Latimer 1 3 3   A Coetzer 6 0 4
  A Stevenson 7 1 4   A Kremer 3 6 6
  A Kremer 63 6 6   A Kremer 6 6
  S Talaja 6 6   S Talaja 2 2
7   A Sugiyama 3 2

 

2000 Ladies – Qualifying Results

Results

Tatiana Panova df. Lorna Woodroffe
Qfr 32 : Panova defeats Woodroffe 4-6 6-3 6-4
Els Callens df. Alicia Molik
Qfr 32 : Callens defeats Molik 6-4 6-3
Katarina Srebotnik df. Samantha Smith
Qfr 32 : Srebotnik defeats Smith 6-2 3-6 6-4
Marissa Irvin df. Karen Cross
Qfr 32 : Irvin defeats Cross 6-2 7-5
Tara Snyder df. Mirjana Lucic
Qfr 32 : Snyder defeats Lucic 7-5 7-6
Pavlina Nola df. Tracy Almeda-Singian
Qfr 32 : Nola defeats Almeda-Singian 6-1 6-3
Maria Vento-Kabchi df. Abigail Tordoff
Qfr 32 : Vento-Kabchi defeats Tordoff 6-1 6-3
Sonya Jeyaseelan df. Alina Jidkova
Qfr 32 : Jeyaseelan defeats Jidkova 6-7 7-5 6-1
Jana Kandarr df. Jelena Kostanic Tosic
Qfr 32 : Kandarr defeats Kostanic Tosic 7-5 6-4
Lucie Ahl df. Miroslava Vavrinec
Qfr 32 : Ahl defeats Vavrinec 6-4 6-3
Maureen Drake df. Katalin Marosi
Qfr 32 : Drake defeats Marosi 7-5 7-6
Lilia Osterloh df. Maria Sanchez Lorenzo
Qfr 32 : Osterloh defeats Lorenzo 6-1 2-6 6-3
Tina Pisnik df. Holly Parkinson
Qfr 32 : Pisnik defeats Parkinson 6-3 7-5
Laurence Courtois df. Jo Ward
Qfr 32 : Courtois defeats Ward 6-4 6-0
Jennifer Hopkins df. Hannah Collin
Qfr 32 : Hopkins defeats Collin 6-4 6-2
Anastasia Myskina df. Seda Noorlander
Qfr 32 : Myskina defeats Noorlander 7-6 6-0
Tatiana Panova df. Els Callens
Qfr 16 : Panova defeats Callens 6-2 6-2
Marissa Irvin df. Katarina Srebotnik
Qfr 16 : Irvin defeats Srebotnik 7-5 7-6
Pavlina Nola df. Tara Snyder
Qfr 16 : Nola defeats Snyder 6-1 6-3
Maria Vento-Kabchi df. Sonya Jeyaseelan
Qfr 16 : Vento-Kabchi defeats Jeyaseelan 6-4 2-6 6-4
Jana Kandarr df. Lucie Ahl
Qfr 16 : Kandarr defeats Ahl 6-1 6-3
Maureen Drake df. Lilia Osterloh
Qfr 16 : Drake defeats Osterloh 6-4 6-0
Tina Pisnik df. Laurence Courtois
Qfr 16 : Pisnik defeats Courtois 6-7 7-5 6-3
Anastasia Myskina df. Jennifer Hopkins
Qfr 16 : Myskina defeats Hopkins 6-2 6-3
Tatiana Panova df. Marissa Irvin
Qfr 8 : Panova defeats Irvin 6-0 6-2
Maria Vento-Kabchi df. Pavlina Nola
Qfr 8 : Vento-Kabchi defeats Nola 6-2 6-2
Jana Kandarr df. Maureen Drake
Qfr 8 : Kandarr defeats Drake 6-2 6-2
Anastasia Myskina df. Tina Pisnik
Qfr 8 : Myskina defeats Pisnik 6-4 6-4