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L.A.: Good Place for a Comeback

Posted by gauloises1 on August 5, 2009

Vera Zvonareva continues the process of regaining her position on the tour after her long lay-off with an ankle injury, beating Peng Shuai Shuai Peng in a tight third-set tiebreak.

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Looking a bit orange, but good nonetheless. I always think I’m not particularly a Vera fan, but then I get surprised when I do watch her how much I like her game. Then I forget again. It’s a mildly vicious circle. Anyway, I hope she can regain the form she had earlier on this year.

What else? Ana Ivanovic managed to subdue pint-size Vania King in three sets,  Li Na Na Li and Zheng Jie Jie Zheng moved on, and Sam Stosur rolled over Monica Niculescu. She’ll face Maria Kirilenko in the next round, I believe.

Results

Singles – Second Round
(2) Vera Zvonareva (RUS) d. Peng Shuai (CHN) 36 63 76(6)
(6) Ana Ivanovic (SRB) d. (WC) Vania King (USA) 64 46 61

Singles – First Round
(12) Li Na (CHN) d. Ayumi Morita (JPN) 60 20 ret. (GI illness)
(13) Samantha Stosur (AUS) d. Monica Niculescu (ROU) 61 62
(14) Zheng Jie (CHN) d. (Q) Olga Savchuk (UKR) 75 16 62
(17) Sabine Lisicki (GER) d. (Q) Kimiko Date Krumm (JPN) 76(5) 26 75
Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) d. (Q) Melanie Oudin (USA) 67(3) 62 62
Sorana Cirstea (ROU) d. (WC) Michelle Larcher de Brito (POR) 64 75
Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) d. Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) 75 75
Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) d. Melinda Czink (HUN) 36 64 61
Maria Kirilenko (RUS) d. (Q) Chanelle Scheepers (RSA) 46 63 61
Urszula Radwanska (POL) d. Julie Coin (FRA) 61 62

Doubles – First Round
(2) Hantuchova/Sugiyama (SVK/JPN) d. (WC) Craybas/Gullickson (USA/USA) 64 61
Garbin/Schiavone (ITA/ITA) d. Shaughnessy/Spears (USA/USA) 61 64
A.Bondarenko/Vesnina (UKR/RUS) d. Kleybanova/Makarova (RUS/RUS) 64 76(4)

OOP:

Stadium (from 11.00hrs)
1. Petrova vs. Peer
2. Vandeweghe vs. Pennetta
3. Safina vs. Hantuchova
4. King/Niculescu vs. Pennetta/Raymond
5. Sharapova vs. Azarenka (NB 19.00hrs)
6. Wozniacki vs. Cirstea

Court 4 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Cibulkova vs. U.Radwanska
2. Sugiyama vs. A.Radwanska (NB 12.30hrs)
3. Wozniak vs. Li
4. Makarova vs. Lisicki

Court 5 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Vesnina vs. Zheng
2. Craybas vs. Wickmayer (NB 12.30hrs)
3. Safarova vs. A.Bondarenko
4. Stosur/Stubbs vs. Ruano Pascual/Zheng

Court 7 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Chakvetadze vs. Kleybanova
2. Stosur vs. Kirilenko (NB 12.00hrs)
3. Hsieh/Peng vs. Poutchek/Savchuk
4. Kudryavtseva/Rodionova vs. Kirilenko/A.Radwanska

Sharapova vs. Azarenka and Wozniacki vs. Cirstea? Remind me why this isn’t televised at all, anywhere, in any fashion?!

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