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Radwanska, Pennetta Out of Doha Contention; Licky and Wicky Win

Posted by gauloises1 on October 22, 2009

Things stay interesting at the Kremlin Cup, as Agnieszka Radwanska – one of the three contenders for the final spot at the Year-End Championships – lost in straight sets to Maria Kirilenko. The contest is now between Zvonareva and Jankovic.

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Behold the hitherto-thought-to-be-impossible: an unflattering photo of Maria Kirilenko.

I actually watched some of this one, and although Radwanska was plainly not at her best, it was a very impressive match from Kirilenko – quite reminiscent of their match at the US Open, which ended the same way. I don’t know what’s happened to Kirilenko recently (apart from divesting fifteen pounds of unnecessary material along with the Stella McCartney gig), but she seems to be doing a good job at least intermittently of forcing herself to be aggressive and hit with purpose. And she’s great to watch when she does that.

There’s hope for Radwanska though, as she’s the top contender for an alternate spot. And let’s face it, alternates are going to be needed. Her position was strengthened by Flavia Pennetta retiring a set up but 03 down against Agnes Szavay with a left leg injury. Flavia needs to rest up, there’s that whole Fed Cup final coming up … And fifth seed Nadia Petrova lost to Alona Bondarenko in straights.

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Licky is blogging from Luxembourg for the WTA this week and, thankfully, managed to win her first match against Polona Hercog today. Hercog beat Kleybanova in the first round at Roland Garros this year and I was actually fairly impressed with her game, but needless to say I was more impressed with my girl Licky. Unfortunately she has the winner of Clijsters-Schnyder next, so … yeah.

Elsewhere, fourth seed Daniela Hantuchova rolled over Tatjana Malek with quite frightening ease and fifth seed Wicky picked up a win over Alexandra Dulgheru. And Flippy Flipper Flipkens pulled off the surprise of the day, putting out Anabel Medina Garrigues in straights. Nice for the home crowd. Wait … where’s Luxembourg?

Luxembourg

Singles – Second Round
(Q) Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) d. (3) Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) 75 63
(6) Sabine Lisicki (GER) d. (WC) Polona Hercog (SLO) 76(1) 64
Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) d. Roberta Vinci (ITA) 62 62

Singles – First Round
(4) Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) d. Tatjana Malek (GER) 61 60
(5) Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) d. Alexandra Dulgheru (ROU) 63 76(4)
Lucie Hradecka (CZE) d. (Q) Catalina Castaño (COL) 76(4) 62

Doubles – First Round
(1) Groenefeld/Schnyder (GER/SUI) d. Coin/Pelletier (FRA/FRA) 61 61
(2) Benesova/Zahlavova Strycova (CZE/CZE) d. Goerges/U.Radwanska (GER/POL) 67(12) 63 108
Shaughnessy/Srebotnik (USA/SLO) d. Lefèvre/Védy (FRA/FRA) 62 61
Medina Garrigues/Suárez Navarro (ESP/ESP) d. Bacsinszky/Hercog (SUI/SLO) 63 64

Moscow

Singles – Second Round
Alona Bondarenko (UKR) d. (5) Nadia Petrova (RUS) 76(3) 63
Olga Govortsova (BLR) d. María José Martínez Sánchez (ESP) 61 64

Singles – First Round
Maria Kirilenko (RUS) d. (3) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) 63 63
Agnes Szavay (HUN) d. (4) Flavia Pennetta (ITA) 46 30 ret. (left knee injury)
(Q) Evgeniya Rodina (RUS) d. (6) Elena Vesnina (RUS) 61 36 62
(8) Francesca Schiavone (ITA) d. (Q) Nuria Llagostera Vives (ESP) 67(2) 64 63

Doubles – Quarterfinals
Kondratieva/Zakopalova (RUS/CZE) d. (1) Llagostera Vives/Martínez Sánchez (ESP/ESP) w/o (Llagostera Vives: right shoulder injury)
(4) Amanmuradova/Niculescu (UZB/ROU) d. Koryttseva/Poutchek (UKR/BLR) 60 76(4)

Doubles – First Round
(2) Kleybanova/Makarova (RUS/RUS) d. Senoglu/Shvedova (TUR/KAZ) 64 64
Kondratieva/Zakopalova (RUS/CZE) d. Diatchenko/Dzehalevich (RUS/BLR) 64 46 119

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