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Friday WTA Results: Palermo, Prague

Posted by gauloises1 on July 18, 2009

A good day of action in Prague and Palermo today, and we have our semifinalists.

In Palermo, top seed Francesca Schiavone made short work of Kateryna Bondarenko, who was sliced, diced and pulled about in a way that was painful to see. It was more fun, in a hideous sort of way, watching the three-set epic between Sybille Bammer and Lucie Hradecka; three hours, over one hundred unforced errors, and fifteen breaks of serve. At the end, after Bammer managed to hold it together to serve out the match at her 4679th attempt, her little daughter ran on the court to congratulate her, which somehow made it all worth it. Qualifier Timea Bacsinszky put out Carla Suarez Navarro in straight sets, and Benesova avoided a potential banana skin by defeating the fifteen year-old wildcard Zarina Diyas. (I was, by the way, reasonably impressed by Diyas; great forehand and a reasonable understanding of the game.)



How can JJ not still be with Reebok? Imagine the fun if they’d started cutting bits out of her clothes. She’d have whipped out a pair of scissors and done it herself on changeovers.

In Palermo, Flavia Pennetta defeated Aravane Rezai in two tight sets. She’ll be joined in the semis by Garbin and Errani, with Groenefeld the sole representative of the rest of the world after Schnyder retired due to the whiteness of her mile.


Singles – Quarterfinals
(1) Francesca Schiavone (ITA) d. Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR) 61 61
(2) Sybille Bammer (AUT) d. (7) Lucie Hradecka (CZE) 75 57 75
(3) Iveta Benesova (CZE) d. (WC) Zarina Diyas (KAZ) 64 61
(Q) Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) d. (4) Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP) 64 64

Doubles – Semifinals
(1) Benesova/Zahlavova Strycova (CZE/CZE) d. (3) Hlavackova/Hradecka (CZE/CZE) 16 61 1210
(2) Bondarenko/Bondarenko (UKR/UKR) d. Rybarikova/Voracova (SVK/CZE)
64 75

Singles – Quarterfinals
(1) Flavia Pennetta (ITA) d. (7) Aravane Rezai (FRA) 64 64
(5) Sara Errani (ITA) d. Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) 62 75
Tathiana Garbin (ITA) d. Olga Govortsova 62 61
Anna-Lena Groenefeld (GER) d. (2) Patty Schnyder 43(ret.)

Doubles – Semifinals
(2) Llagostera Vives/Martínez Sánchez (ESP/ESP) d. Jans/Rosolska (POL/POL) 61 62

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  1. naughty T ... the champion unicorn said

    let’s just be thankful it is not Ana Lena in that dress.

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