Asian Tier IVAs, Brie, and you.
After Brie WHITEHEAD (USA) worked so hard to play in the US Open
, she failed miserably. But, fortunately, our ranking is more than high enough for low-level WTA Asian fall events. It hasn't been mentioned yet, but Brie is mad in debt. -$40,000 at this point. Fortunately, Rich Mommy and Daddy will pay for the long trip to Asia. Nearly another $18,000 for 1st class travel and 5 star hotel? Damn. But, Brie Brie is spoiled.
First up, Kolkata, India - Tier III
, where Brie is seeded 6th in qualifying despite being ranked 234th. Doesn't seem right... but, who am I to complain? This tournament is indoors, where Brie hasn't played yet.Kolkata - III - Seed Q6 - Rank 234 - Week 37-38, 1990
Q1 W Doriane CAPORUSSO (ITA) 64 61
Q2 W Jean OKADA (USA) 61 62
Q3 L (3) Patricia TARABINI (ARG) 26 63 26
Grar. 2 easy matches, then a tough doubles player. Brie's passing skill is only around 40 at this point. Need to raise that.
That gives us time to qualify for Seoul, South Korea, Tier IVA
. Back on boring ol' cement, time for Brie to shine! And we're the 1st qualifying seed. I guess Manutoo doesn't think anyone plays these events. Seoul - Tier IVA - Seed Q1 - Rank 231 - Week 38-39, 1990
Q1 W Alina ZHIDKOVA (RUS) 61 63
Q2 W Raluca CIOCHINA (ROM) 60 62
Q3 W Celeste CONTIN (ARG) 76(4) 62
Brie gets to play in her first WTA Main Draw! Our first opponent is Luciana TELLA (BRA), a moonballer with high consistency. Tough one. Going with 10% experience boost here.1 W Luciana TELLA (BRA) 75 46 61
YES YES YES. Big win. 15 points for Brie.
Our next opponent, is a heroine of ours. Brie is very intimidated by THE TURKEY~, IRINA SPIRLEA!"She thinks she's the f***ing Venus Williams."
Fortunately, Irina's skills aren't that high yet. She's an average of 60s everywhere, not much better than Brie at this point. We're spending 20 experience points. This is the big time.
Brie wins the 1st set, 6-4, holding many long serving games. She has COLD BLOOD~! Irina doesn't take that for long, clotheslining Brie after a changeover in the 2nd, and wins it 6-1. But, Brie fights back in the 3rd with 29 winners, and wins it 6-3!!!! YAY!2 W (3) Irina SPIRLEA (ROM) 64 16 63Q. Would you consider this a high quality match?
IRINA SPIRLEA: No.
Then, two scrubs.QF W Sara GOMER (GBR) 63 75
SF W (2) Carrie CUNNINGHAM (USA) 16 62 63
Brie WHITEHEAD (USA) had made the FINAL of her first WTA Main Draw!! Magical! Superstar! We Brie-lieve!
In the final, we face another heroine of ours, and fellow bagel girl (horrifying 06 06 loss to Stefanie at 1988 RG final) Natasha ZVEREVA (BLR)
. Natasha has 100 consistency and precision in her strokes. We're so getting killed here. F L (1) Natasha ZVEREVA (BLR) 26 26
And it shouldn't have been that close...
Brie's magical run in Seoul comes to an end. But, we gained 87 ranking points and move into the Top 160!
To conclude the 1990 season, Brie gets a main draw WC to Tashkent - Tier IVA
. Unfortunately, we're fatigued en masse here...Tashkent - IVA - WC - Rank 164 - Week 40, 1990
1 L Maggie MALEEVA (BUL) 36 46
Maggie was only 14 here with reasonable skills, but Brie was pooped with 68% energy. Oh, well.
1990 has come to an end since we're not playing anymore challengers.
A review of 1990, Brie's first year, will be next.