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One Out of Two Not Bad, Belgium

Posted by gauloises1 on October 23, 2009

Sadly I can find no photos of Luxembourg yet, but stuff happened! Oh yes. Much to the surprise of everyone, Patty Schnyder beat Mumbacker Kim Clijsters in a third set tiebreak. Nicely done, Patty. She was 2-6 down to Clijsters in the H2H before today. Luckily for the fans, they still have Yanina Wickmayer, who withstood a determined challenge from Alize Cornet and her own allergy to holding serve for a 75 76(6) win. Shahar Peer and Katarina Srebotnik also progressed.

As aforementioned, the surprise of the day in Moscow was Vera Zvonareva falling to Tsetvana Pironkova. In what has become a familiar tale in 2009, Zvonareva was clearly struggling with her knees, but all credit to Pironkova, who played really exceptionally well. It’s a struggle to reconcile a performance like that with 13 first-round losses this year, but there you are.

tsvetana pironkova kremlin cup moscow

It’s not all woe for the Russians though, as a trio of unseeded ladies are through; Alisa Kleybanova, Vera Dushevina and Maria Kirilenko, who did well to beat Aleksandra Wozniak 64 63.

maria kirilenko kremlin cup moscow

And as also aforementioned, JJ is also through after beating Lucie Safarova 76(5) 63. Lucie looked very good in patches, but as usual, a plethora of unforced errors at inopportune moments cost her against the much steadier JJ.

jelena jankovic kremlin cup moscow

Eye of the tiger.

jelena jankovic kremlin cup moscow

Cheek of the hamster.

Luxembourg

Singles – Second Round
Patty Schnyder (SUI) d. (2/WC) Kim Clijsters (BEL) 64 36 76(6)
(4) Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) d. Lucie Hradecka (CZE) 75 36 62
(5) Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) d. Alizé Cornet (FRA) 75 76(6)
Shahar Peer (ISR) d. (8) Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP) 36 63 61
Katarina Srebotnik (SLO) d. (LL) Anne Kremer (LUX) 26 64 60

Doubles – Quarterfinals
Medina Garrigues/Suárez Navarro (ESP/ESP) d. Malek/Parra Santonja (GER/ESP) 64 64

Moscow

Singles – Second Round
(Q) Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) d. (1) Vera Zvonareva (RUS) 60 62
(2) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) d. Lucie Safarova (CZE) 76(5) 63
(8) Francesca Schiavone (ITA) d. Monica Niculescu (ROU) 62 75
Alisa Kleybanova (RUS) d. (Q) Evgeniya Rodina (RUS) 61 62
Vera Dushevina (RUS) d. Agnes Szavay (HUN) 36 64 63
Maria Kirilenko (RUS) d. Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) 64 63

Doubles – Quarterfinals
A.Bondarenko/Voskoboeva (UKR/KAZ) d. (2) Kleybanova/Makarova (RUS/RUS) 36 62 106
(3) Kirilenko/Petrova (RUS/RUS) d. Ar. Rodionova/Savchuk (RUS/UKR) 16 75 119

One Response to “One Out of Two Not Bad, Belgium”

  1. Mlle. Marseillaise (a.k.a Joan) said

    Nice eye shadow JJ. That doesn’t look like the make-up 12 year-old girls wear at my local mall. Also, congrats on Doha.

    Makiri is too pretty for her outfit. Boo.

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