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Dubai: Back With a Bang

Posted by gauloises1 on February 15, 2010

After last year’s unpleasantness, Shahar Peer could be forgiven for being on something of a mission. She beat Yanina Wickmayer, 36 62 75. You’re all aware of my love for Wicky by now, I’m sure, but she’s made a storming start to the year. As has Shahar, actually. Both of them had somewhat fraught 2009s and I’m really interested to see how they’re going to go in 2010.

Disappointing losses for seeds were on tap though, with Nadia Petrova falling in two tiebreak sets to Stefanie Voegele (which, no offence to Stefanie, should not be happening) and the French Italian (right?) Tathiana Garbin taking out the never-consistent Samantha Stosur in a third set tiebreak. And remember last year’s surprise finalist, Virginie Razzano? She actually won a match, which, given her form since about June last year, is not to be sneezed at.

And a few of the top seeds made it through, including tenth seed Flavia Pennetta, who laid waste to Melinda Czink 64 61, seventh seed Agnieszka Radwanska over Anastasija Sevastova, and twelfth seed Vera Zvonareva, inexplicably playing the day after she captured her title in Pattaya City. Nice scheduling. She survived a tough challenge from Elena Vesnina (another inconsistent girl who had a big result in Dubai last year, taking out Svetlana Kuznetsova), 64 46 75.

Full Results

Singles – Second Round
(7) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. (Q) Anastasija Sevastova (LAT) 63 63

Singles – First Round
Tathiana Garbin (ITA) d. (9) Samantha Stosur (AUS) 36 62 76(4)
(10/WC) Flavia Pennetta (ITA) d. Melinda Czink (HUN) 64 61
(12) Vera Zvonareva (RUS) d. Elena Vesnina (RUS) 64 46 75
Shahar Peer (ISR) d. (13) Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) 36 62 75
(WC) Stefanie Voegele (SUI) d. (15) Nadia Petrova (RUS) 76(5) 76(5)
Aravane Rezai (FRA) d. Sybille Bammer (AUT) 63 57 75
Virginie Razzano (FRA) d. (WC) Selima Sfar (TUN) 62 62
María José Martínez Sánchez (ESP) d. (LL) Alberta Brianti 64 36 63
Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) d. Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) 64 64
Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) d. Sania Mirza (IND) 63 64
Andrea Petkovic (GER) d. Alona Bondarenko (UKR) 26 64 63
Alexandra Dulgheru (ROU) d. Patty Schnyder (SUI) 62 62
Olga Govortsova (BLR) d. Iveta Benesova (CZE) 64 61

Doubles – First Round
(5) Kleybanova/Schiavone (RUS/ITA) d. Grandin/Tu (RSA/USA) 63 62
Dzehalevich/Kudryavtseva (BLR/RUS) d. (6) Makarova/Yan (RUS/CHN) 62 64
Azarenka/Kuznetsova (BLR/RUS) d. Senoglu/Shvedova (TUR/KAZ) 75 63
Bondarenko/Bondarenko (UKR/UKR) d. Hantuchova/Vesnina (SVK/RUS) 63 62
Peer/Voskoboeva (ISR/KAZ) d. Medina Garrigues/Wozniacki (ESP/DEN) 75 46 105
Peschke/Srebotnik (CZE/SLO) d. Borwell/Kops-Jones (GBR/USA) 61 76(3)

One Response to “Dubai: Back With a Bang”

  1. Sunny said

    I like Wickmayer and Peer but was happy Peer won. In fact I hope she makes a deep run given how the Dubai government treated her last year. If by some chance she won it would be fun to watch a Dubai representative give an Israeli the trophy.

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