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asbclassic.co.nz, 27 december 2007

ASB Classic Goes Dutch With Talented Newcomer

At only 18-years-old Dutchwoman, Michaella Krajicek is an undoubted talent with a superb tennis pedigree and the results to match. For the first time her skills will be on display in New Zealand, at the 2008 ASB Classic featuring the Sovereign singles and doubles in late December early January.

The current world No34 has confirmed her appearance in Auckland with the aim of adding the tournament to her three career singles titles - Hobart and ‘s-Hertogenbosch, both in 2006 and Tashkent in 2005.

Her win at ‘s-Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands was particularly pleasing as she beat No3 seed Flavia Pennetta, plus top seed Elena Dementieva in three sets including saving a match point she then accounted for second seed Dinara Safina in the final.

She is currently sitting at her career ranking high after a year which featured a highlight at Wimbledon where she reached her first Grand Slam quarter-final.

The success at Wimbledon was due to a battling victory over Anna Chakvetadze in three sets before an eventual loss to Marion Bartoli in three sets in the last eight.

Another big result of the year was at the Tier I event at Charleston where she defeated top seed Nicole Vaidisova in the second round, then 15th seed Sybille Bammer but lost to ninth seed Vera Zvonareva in the quarters.

It will be Krajicek’s first appearance in Auckland and will add even more depth and talent to the draw to go with the already announced Lindsay Davenport.

“Michaella is going to be a real highlight of the 2008 ASB Classic. She’s new, she’s talented and has already had significant results in her career. She will add an extra dimension to the draw and could well be there as the tournament heads towards its final stages.

“Dutch players traditionally attract some good partisan support here, so we look forward to seeing plenty of orange shirts in the stands at the ASB Tennis Centre,” says ASB Classic tournament director, Richard Palmer.

Krajicek’s father, Petr is her tennis coach while one of her brothers, Richard happens to be the 1996 Wimbledon champion and a former top-five ranked player on the men’s ATP circuit.

As a junior Krajicek was ranked at No1 winning the 2004 girls singles title at the US Open after being a finalist the previous year. She also won the 2004 US junior doubles title with Kiwi, Marina Erakovic and the doubles at the 2003 Roland Garros tournament.

Known for her power-play and constantly changing hairstyle Krajicek also has a pet hamster called Andy.

Aanverwante artikelen:
ASB Classic Goes Dutch With Talented Newcomer  27 december 2007
Werk aan de winkel voor Michaëlla  2 januari 2008
Fysiek leed achtervolgt Krajicek  4 januari 2008
Zorgen door polsblessure Krajicek  4 januari 2008