SPIRLEA RESULTS

1999

ACURA CLASSIC
8/10 1st round: Zvereva def. Spirlea, 6-4, 6-7(4-7), 7-5
Hey, I was there, we willed Irina through the second set tie-breaker, more later(typing is such a bummer).
8/11 1st rnd: Spirlea/Vis def. Likhovtseva/Sugiyama(2), 6-3, 6-2
8/13 Quarters: ASV/Neiland def. Spirlea/VIs 6-4, 6-2

TIG Tennis Classic
8/2 1st round: Spirlea def. Plischke, 6-2, 6-1
Yah Irina beat someone and now plays Davenport, fun!
8/4 2nd rnd: Davenport(1) def. Spirlea, 6-0, 6-2
1st round: Likhovtseva/ Sugiyama def. Spirlea/Vis, 7-5 3-6, 6-4

Bank of the West
7/26 1st round: Rubin def. Spirlea, 6-4, 6-4
It seems Irina got into trouble and might get a $1000 fine
1st round: Black/Molik def. Spirlea/Vis, 6-1, 4-6, 6-2

WIMBLEDON
7/22 1st round: Rippner def. Spirlea, 6-4, 6-1
This is really disappointing, come on hardcourts! 1st round: Spirlea/Vis (10) def. Golarsa/Husarova, 6-4, 6-2
2nd round: Spirlea/Vis def. De Villiers/Hiraki, 6-2, 6-2
3rd round: Boogert/Sidot def. Spirlea/Vis, 7-6(7-2), 6-3

EASTBOURNE
6/15 1st round: Spirlea(7) def. Smashnova, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2
6/16 2nd round: De Swart def. Spirlea, 6-3, 6-4
1st round: Hingis/Kournikova(2) def. Spirlea/Vis, 7-6(7-5), 6-2

FRENCH OPEN
5/24 1st round: Spirlea def. Cristea, 6-4, 6-1
Yahhhh, past the 1st round, one step at a"ti}e.
5/26 2nd round:" Spirlea def. Barabanschikova, 6-3, 6-3
5/28 3rd round: ASV(7) def. Spirlea, 6-4, 6-1
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5/27 1st round: Drake/Steck def. Spirlea/Vis(8), 3-6, 6-1, 8-6

German Open
5/10 1st round: Black def. Spirlea(13), 6-4, 1-0, retired
1st round: Spirlea/Vis(7) def. Cacic/Farina, 7-6(7-3), 7-6(7-3)
2nd round: Spirlea/Vis def. Adams/Rubin, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4
Quarters: Dragomir/Labat def. Spirlea/Vis, 7-6, 6-4

Italian Open
5/4 1st round: Spirlea(13) def. Black, 6-3, 6-2
5/5 2nd round: Spirlea def. Papadaki, 6-4, 6-0
5/6 3rd round: S. Williams(6) def. Spirlea, 6-2, 6-3
1st round: Spirlea/Vis(6) def. Serra-Zanetti/Serra-Zanetti, 6-4, 6-1
2nd round: Spirlea/Vis def. Coetzer/Mauresmo, 6-1, 4-6, 6-4
5/7 Quarters: Spirela/Vis def. DeSwardt/Tartarkova, 6-2, 6-7(6-8), 6-4
5/8 Semis: Hingis/Kournikova(1) def. Spirlea/Vis, 6-4, 6-3

Betty Barclay Cup
4/28 1st round: Sidot def. Spirlea, 6-7(5-7), 6-2, 7-6(7-1)

Egypt Classic
4/21 1st round: Spirlea (5) def. Wang Shi-ting, 6-4, 6-2
4/22 2nd round: Spirlea def. Boogert, 6-4, 1-6, 7-6(7-1),
4/23 Quarters: Spirlea def. Pierce(2), 6-4, 6-2
4/24 Semis: Spirlea def. Drake, 6-3, 6-0
Yah!!! Good news for a change, I hope I don't jinx it.
4/25 Final: ASV(1) def. Spirlea(5), 6-1, 6-0
well I spoke too soon, still a good tourny
4/22 Quarters: Spirlea/Vis (1) def. Dechuame-Balleret/Galarsa, 6-2, 6-2
4/24 Final: ASV/ def. Spirlea/Vis, 7-5, 1-6, 7-6

Family Circle Cup
3/29 1st round: Spirlea(9) def. Smashnova, 7-5, 6-3
3/31 2nd round: Majoli def. Spirlea, 1-6, 6-4, 6-2
3/30 1st round: Fusia/Sidot def. Spirlea/Vis(7), 5-7, 6-4, 6-3

Lipton Championships
1st round: Spirlea (15), bye
2nd round: Dragomir def. Spirlea, 6-0, 6-4
why? Why? WHY?
1st round: Spirlea/Vis(8), bye
2nd round: Spirlea/Vis def. Arendt/Bollegraf, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1
3rd round: Seles/Fernandez def. Spirlea/Vis, 6-3, 6-0

Evert Cup: Indian Wells
3/5 1st round: Spirlea(13) def. Glass, 7-6(7-3), 7-6(7-4)
3/7 2nd round: Black def. Spirlea, 6-7(4-7), 6-4, 7-5
1st round: Kunce/Po def. Spirlea/Vis, 6-1, 7-6(7-5)

Do you have any idea what's happening with Irina Spirlea? I thought she started the year pretty well, but then starting at the Australian Open she's just losing to pretty much anybody she's playing. Is she injured? óMona Berciu, Baia Mare, Romania

Spirlea has had generally lousy results for a while now. She just won the doubles at Gaz de France, so to the best of my knowledge she's not injured. I like her game a lot -- big, Graf-like forehand, lots of trick shots, nice hands, and she's also deceptively tall -- but she's not going to make anyone's short list of mentally tough players. She has a wicked temper, she's thrown off by bad calls, and I've noticed that when she's losing she plays points too quickly. Still, like a female Yevgeny Kafelnikov, she's precisely the kind of player who's wildly talented and can get hot and tear through a draw. --cnn tennis mailbag

Open Gaz de France: Feb. 23-28
1st round: bye
2nd round: Cocheteux def. Spirlea, 6-4, 6-1
1st round: Spirlea/Vis def. Ghirardi/Pitkowski, 6-1, walkover
Quarters: Spirlea/Vis def. Carlsson/Sidot, 6-4, 6-1
Semis: Spirlea/Vis def. Habsudova/Ruano-Pascual, 7-6, 7-5
Final: Spirlea/Vis def. Likhovtseva/Sugiyama, 7-5, 3-6, 6-3!!!
Well, at least the doubles is getting better.

Australian Open

See Irina's Draw
1st round: Huber def. Spirlea(13), 7-5, 6-4
Darnit, another 1st round lost in Melbourne. Anke says the Irina was not really into the game, insinuating that maybe Irina was tired from her sickness for the last two weeks.
picture Once again Irina gets a bad draw, but she did beat Anke two weeks ago, let's hope she's feeling better. Potential meeting with Venus in the Quarters. 1/21 1st round: Spirlea/Vis (8), def. Csurgo/Kim, 6-1, 6-2
1/23 2nd round: Arendt/Bollegraf def. Spirlea/Vis, 7-5, 7-5

Sydney Adidas International

1/11 1st round: Van Roost (8) def. Spirlea, 6-1, retired
from nausea and a fever, let's hope she gets better soon.

Australian Hardcourt Championships

1/5 1st round: Irina Spirlea(3) def. McQuillan, 7-6(7-2), 6-3
1/6 2nd round: Spirlea def. Smashnova, 6-4, 6-1
1/7 Quarters: Spirlea def. Huber, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1
1/8 Semis: Pierce(1) def. Spirlea 4-6, 6-4, 6-1
1/9 Doubles final: Morariu/Neiland(3) def. Kunce/Spirlea, 6-3, 6-3
pretty good start to the new season
1998

Well 1998 wasn't as good as 97 but we (at least I) didn't really know or expect anything of her back then. She still did pretty well adn made it to the Semifinals of the Chase. Let's hope Irina will have a good month off and has a good start next year. Hopefully she'll work on her mind as much as her body and win some more.

The CHASE CHAMPIONSHIP DRAW is made and Irina plays A. Sanchez-Vicario in the first round.

CHASE CHAMPIONSHIPS: Nov 16-21

11/16 1st round: Spirlea def. ASV (4), 7-6(8-6), 6-1
11/19 Quarters: Spirlea def. Van Roost, 6-2, 6-3
11/21 Semis: Hingis (2) def. Spirlea, 6-2, 7-6(9-7)
Thank you, Venus!

ADVANTA CHAMPIONSHIPS: Nov. 9-15
11/11 1st round: Seles(5) def. Spirlea, 6-3, 6-4
FUN, FUN, FUN; how in the world does this happen?!

LEIPZIG OPEN: Nov. 2-7
1st round: bye
11/5 2nd round: Spirlea(4) def. Serna, 7-6(10-8), 6-3
11/6 Quarters: Spirlea def. Pitkowski, 6-1, 6-1
11/7 Semis: Tauziat (2) def. Spirlea, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2
11/3 1st round: Spirlea/Bollegraf def. Adams/Neiland
11/6 Quarters: Spirlea/Bollegraf def. Appelsmans/Oremans
11/7 Semis: Spirlea/Bollegraf def. Fusai/Tauziat(2), 7-5, 7-6(7-2)
11/8 Finals: Likhotseva/Sugiyama (4) def. Spirlea/Bollegraf, 6-3, 6-7(2-7), 6-1

SEAT OPEN: Luxembourg: OCT. 26-31
10/26 1st round: Spirlea (3) def. Oremans(WC), 6-3, 6-1
10/28 2nd round: Spirlea def. Appelmans, 6-3, 7-5
10/29 Quarters: Farina def. Spirlea, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3
1st round: Spirlea/Schett def. Fusai/Tauziat (1), 7-5, 6-3
10/29 Quarters: Spirlea/Schett def. Singer/Vidova, 6-4, 6-4
10/30 Semis: Likhotseva/Sugiyama def. Spirlea/Schett, 5-7, 7-5, 6-3
Irina makes me wonder sometimes.

Kremlin Cup

10/21 1st round:Rubin def. Spirlea (8), 6-2, 6-3

EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS: OCT. 12-18

10/12 1st round: Spirlea def. Oremans, 7-6 (8-6), 6-2
10/14 2nd round: Spirlea def. Martinez(3), 6-2, 7-6 (7-0), payback?
10/16 Quarters: Spirlea def. Van Roost, 6-4, 6-0
10/17 Semis: Davenport (1) def. Spirlea, 6-2, 6-3
10/12 1st round: Martinez/Tarabini def. Spirlea/Po, 6-3, 6-1

PORSCHE GRAND PRIX

sorry the coverage was so weak
10/6 1st round: Martinez (6)def. Spirlea, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2, what's up with that draw?
10/7 2nd rnd doubles: Likhovtseva / Novotna def. Po / Spirlea, 6-2, 6-3

U.S. OPEN

8/31 1st round: Spirlea(9) def. Likhovtseva, 7-6 (7-0), 6-4 Irina wins after a scary start.
9/2 2nd round: def. Miriam Schnitzer, 6-3, 6-2, much better
next up: SERENA WILLIAMS!
9/4 3rd round: def. Serena Williams!, 6-3, 0-6, 7-5
9/6 4th round: Novotna(3) def. I. Spirlea(9), 6-3, 6-3, Novotna beats her in the 4th round in two Slams
Doubles: 1st round: Rubin / Spirlea def. Pullin / Woodroffe, 6-0, 6-2
2nd round: def. Lugina / Tartarkova, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2
3rd round: Schett / Schnyder (14), def. Rubin / Spirlea, 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-2)

DUMAURIER OPEN: August 17-23
1st round: bye
2nd round: def. Jeyaseelan, 6(5)-7, 7-6(5), 6-0
3rd round: Testud (14) def. Spirlea(9), 7-6(4), 4-6, 6-1
(notice a pattern? Will she go to the 4th round next?)

ACURA CLASSIC: Aug. 10-16

1st round: Spirlea (6) def. F. Li, 6-0, 6-2
2nd round: loss to Tartarkova, 6-2, 6-2

1st round: Rubin / Spirlea def. Basuki / Vis, 6-2, 6-1
Quarterfinals: def. Adams / Bollegraf, 1-6, 7-6(2), 7-5
Semifinals: Tanasugarn / Tatarkova def. Rubin / Spirlea, 6-4, 6-2

TOSHIBA TENNIS CLASSIC: Aug. 3-9

1st round lost : Kruger 3-6,6-2,6-4

1st round: C. Rubin / Spirlea def. Lucic / Seles 4-6, 6-3, 6-0
2nd round: lost to Fusia / Tauziat 1-6, 6-4, 6-0





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