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WTA Week Now: Barcelona, Charleston

Posted by gauloises1 on April 12, 2010

Those damn Mondays do creep up …

Barcelona

Draw here.

Top seeds: Francesca Schiavone, Aravane Rezai, Maria-Jose Martinez Sanchez, Maria Kirilenko

Only two matches were completed today due to rain, with Sorana Cirstea and Kristina Barrois both progressing.

Singles – First Round
(5) Sorana Cirstea (ROU) d. Tamira Paszek (AUT) 64 76(6)
Kristina Barrois (GER) d. Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) 75 62

Suspended due to rain
Stefanie Voegele (SUI) vs. (WC) Arantxa Parra Santonja (ESP) 46 64 22

Doubles – First Round
Bacsinszky/Garbin (SUI/ITA) d. Rosolska/Zalameda (POL/USA) 75 60
Benesova/Foretz (CZE/CAN) d. (WC) Cabeza Candela/Pous Tio (ESP/ESP) 76(2) 63

Singles Qualifying – Final Round
(3) Alizé Cornet (FRA) d. (8) Maria Elena Camerin (ITA) 60 26 75
Masa Zec Peskiric (SLO) d. Alicia Molik (AUS) 57 64 61
Sílvia Soler Espinosa (ESP) d. Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) 64 62
Simona Halep (ROU) d. Arantxa Rus (NED) 61 62

Charleston

Happy days. Draw here.

Top seeds: Caroline Wozniacki, Jelena Jankovic, Victoria Azarenka, Samantha Stosur, Marion Bartoli, Nadia Petrova, Vera Zvonareva, Daniela Hantuchova

So far: nice win for Christina McHale.

Singles – First Round
(9) Alona Bondarenko (UKR) d. Julie Ditty (USA) 64 62
(12) Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) d. Lilia Osterloh (USA) 63 76(9)
Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) d. Sharon Fichman (CAN) 75 62
Angelique Kerber (GER) d. (WC) Alison Riske (USA) 62 64
Sofia Arvidsson (SWE) d. Anastasija Sevastova (LAT) 61 62
Ayumi Morita (JPN) d. Mariana Duque Marino (COL) 64 75
Chang Kai-Chen (TPE) d. Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) 16 62 63
Michelle Larcher de Brito (POR) d. Vesna Manasieva (RUS) 62 46 63
Rossana de los Ríos (PAR) d. (WC) Mallory Cecil (USA) 60 64
Evgeniya Rodina (RUS) d. (Q) Ekaterina Ivanova (RUS) 64 61
Edina Gallovits (ROU) d. Varvara Lepchenko (USA) 63 63
(Q) Catalina Castaño (COL) d. (Q) Anna Tatishvili (GEO) 75 62
(Q) Christina McHale (USA) d. Alla Kudryavtseva (RUS) 36 76(4) 63

Doubles – First Round
Grandin/Spears (RSA/USA) d. Goerges/Zahlavova Strycova (GER/CZE) 63 64
King/Krajicek (USA/NED) d. Dekmeijere/Schnyder (LAT/SUI) 62 61

Tuesday’s OOP brought to you by Sorana’s rain dance.

Barcelona

Centre (from 10.00hrs)
1. Andrea Petkovic vs. María José Martínez Sánchez
2. Stefanie Voegele vs. Arantxa Parra Santonja (tbc)
3. Anabel Medina Garrigues vs. Yaroslava Shvedova
4. Francesca Schiavone vs. Alberta Brianti
5. Simona Halep vs. Carla Suárez Navarro
6. Medina Garrigues/Suárez Navarro vs. Daniilidou/Woehr (after suitable rest)

Court 5 (from 10.00hrs)
1. Roberta Vinci vs. Aravane Rezai
2. Laura Pous Tio vs. Lourdes Domínguez Lino
3. Maria Kirilenko vs. Masa Zec Peskiric
4. Malek/Petkovic vs. Cirstea/Dulko
5. Llagostera Vives/Martínez Sánchez vs. Poutchek/Senoglu

Court 7 (from 10.00hrs)
1. Gisela Dulko vs. Sara Errani
2. Sílvia Soler Espinosa vs. Alexandra Dulgheru
3. Timea Bacsinszky vs. Alizé Cornet
4. Lucie Safarova vs. Regina Kulikova

Court 9 (from 10.00hrs)
1. Petra Kvitova vs. Iveta Benesova
2. Lucie Hradecka vs. Tathiana Garbin
3. Errani/Vinci vs. Barrois/Olaru (NB 13.00hrs)
4. Kondratieva/Shvedova vs. Domínguez Lino/Parra Santonja
5. Niculescu/Shaughnessy vs. Jans/Uhlirova

Charleston

Stadium (from 10.00hrs)
1. Shenay Perry vs. Peng Shuai
2. Chanelle Scheepers vs. Patty Schnyder
3. Edina Gallovits vs. Jelena Jankovic
4. Magdalena Rybarikova vs. Samantha Stosur
5. Jill Craybas vs. Melanie Oudin (NB 19.00hrs)
6. Huber/Petrova vs. Rodionova/Rodionova

Althea Gibson (from 10.00hrs)
1. Heather Watson vs. Elena Vesnina
2. Julia Goerges vs. Bethanie Mattek-Sands
3. Rossana de los Ríos vs. Vera Zvonareva
4. Peng/Vesnina vs. Ejdesgaard/Wozniacki

Court 3 (from 10.00hrs)
1. Monique Adamczak vs. Virginie Razzano
2. Vera Dushevina vs. Olga Govortsova
3. Anastasia Rodionova vs. Vania King
4. Aleksandra Wozniak vs. Catalina Castaño

Court 4 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Barbora Zahlavova Strycova vs. Carly Gullickson
2. Melinda Czink vs. Michaella Krajicek
3. Bondarenko/Voskoboeva vs. Makarova/Pelletier

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The Withdrawal Method: More of a Family Dot

Posted by gauloises1 on April 9, 2010

Just so you don’t think that the ATP are the only ones with rising injury numbers … Serena, Sharapova and defending champion Licky have all pulled out of the Family Circle Cup in Charleston next week. Serena’s knee, Maria’s bruised elbow and Sabine’s left ankle have all failed to recover.

Sigh.

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Dubai: Oh Crap, It Started Already

Posted by gauloises1 on February 15, 2010

Main draw action was underway in Dubai today and there have already been some good and not so good results. To the eternal grief of fanboys/girls everywhere, Sorana Cirstea and Maria Kirilenko have already lost, to fourteenth seed Francesca Schiavone and qualifier Regina Kulikova respectively.

Sixteenth seed Zheng Jie also lost early, to comebacker Alicia Molik.

In happier news, Marion Bartoli, Licky, Daniela Hantuchova and Pavs all won. Good stuff.

Dubai

Singles – First Round
(11) Marion Bartoli (FRA) d. (Q) Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) 62 60
(14) Francesca Schiavone (ITA) d. Sorana Cirstea (ROU) 62 75
(Q) Alicia Molik (AUS) d. (16) Zheng Jie (CHN) 63 46 62
Sabine Lisicki (GER) d. (Q) Chan Yung-Jan (TPE) 61 64
Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) d. (Q) Vesna Manasieva (RUS) 64 64
Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR) d. Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) 63 61
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d. Katarina Srebotnik (SLO) 62 61
(Q) Anna-Lena Groenefeld (GER) d. Alisa Kleybanova (RUS) 16 75 62
(Q) Anastasija Sevastova (LAT) d. Vera Dushevina (RUS) 62 57 75
(Q) Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) d. Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) 63 64
(Q) Regina Kulikova (RUS) d. (WC) Maria Kirilenko (RUS) 63 60

Memphis

Singles – First Round
(5) Petra Kvitova (USA) d. Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro (FRA) 64 60
(7) Vania King (USA) d. Kathrin Woerle (GER) 63 64
(WC) Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) d. Katie O’Brien (GBR) 62 61

Doubles – First Round
(3) King/Krajicek (USA/NED) d. (WC) Collins/Ondeck (USA/USA) 60 60

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WTA: Wednesday’s Results, Thursday’s OOP

Posted by gauloises1 on February 11, 2010

So things are starting to get pretty interesting in Paris. While top seeds Elena Dementieva and Flavia Pennetta were untroubled by Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Alisa Kleybanova, third seed Yanina Wickmayer was upset by Petra Martic, a largely unknown Croat.

I’m not entirely surprised, as Wicky has played a serious lot of tennis recently and could do with at least a couple of days before Dubai. But it’s a seriously big win for Martic, who is hurriedly being publicised by the WTA:

In Pattaya City, Licky was sadly upset by Tamarine Tanasugarn, 75 in the third. Seeds 6-8 also fell, Julia Goerges getting destroyed by Sesil Karantcheva, Sania Mirza losing a three-setter to Tatjana Malek, and Kimiko Date-Krumm forced to retire due to an ankle injury.

Not a great start to the year for Licky …

Full Results

Paris

Singles – Second Round
(1) Elena Dementieva (RUS) d. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 64 64
(2/WC) Flavia Pennetta (ITA) d. Alisa Kleybanova (RUS) 76(4) 61
Tathiana Garbin (ITA) d. (8) Elena Vesnina (RUS) 64 26 62

Singles – First Round
(WC) Petra Martic (CRO) d. (3) Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) 64 36 75
(5) Aravane Rezai (FRA) d. (Q) Evgeniya Rodina (RUS) 64 64

Doubles – Quarterfinals
Govortsova/Poutchek (BLR/BLR) d. Jurak/Marosi (CRO/HUN) 36 61 119

Doubles – First Round
(1) Black/Huber (ZIM/USA) d. (WC) Coin/Cornet (FRA/FRA) 63 63
(2) Benesova/Zahlavova Strycova (CZE/CZE) d. Pavlyuchenkova/Senoglu (RUS/TUR) 62 63
(3) Jans/Rosolska (POL/POL) d. Uhlirova/Voracova (CZE/CZE) 36 64 106
Peschke/Srebotnik (CZE/SLO) d. Védy/Zalameda 61 63 (FRA/USA)

Pattaya City

Singles – Second Round
Tamarine Tanasugarn (THA) d. (2) Sabine Lisicki (GER) 63 36 75
(4) Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) d. Chanelle Scheepers (RSA) 76(8) 63
Sesil Karatantcheva (KAZ) d. (8) Julia Goerges (GER) 62 61

Singles – First Round
(3) Vera Dushevina (RUS) d. Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ) 64 62
(5) Sybille Bammer (AUT) d. Marina Erakovic (NZL) 76(8) 75
Tatjana Malek (GER) d. (6) Sania Mirza (IND) 36 64 63
Anastasia Rodionova (AUS) d. (7) Kimiko Date Krumm (JPN) 61 10 ret. (left ankle injury)

Doubles – Quarterfinals
(1) Rodionova/Rodionova (AUS/RUS) d. Karatantcheva/Rogowska (KAZ/AUS) 64 62
Chakvetadze/Pervak (RUS/RUS) d. (3) Chang/Chuang (TPE/TPE) 76(4) 62

Order of Play

Paris

Central (from 12.00hrs)
1. Jans/Rosolska vs. Bacsinszky/Sfar
2. Shahar Peer vs. Karolina Sprem (NB 13.30hrs)
3. Lucie Safarova vs. Francesca Schiavone
4. Petra Martic vs. Agnes Szavay
5. Andrea Petkovic vs. Aravane Rezai (NB 19.00hrs)
6. Melanie Oudin vs. Patty Schnyder

Court 1 (from 14.00hrs)
1. Dekmeijere/Grandin vs. Benesova/Zahlavova Strycova
2. Black/Huber vs. Peschke/Srebotnik

Pattaya City

Court 1 (from 15.00hrs)
1. Ekaterina Bychkova vs. Vera Dushevina
2. Vera Zvonareva vs. Alberta Brianti
3. Chan Yung-Jan vs. Tatjana Malek
4. Erakovic/Tanasugarn vs. Basuki/Sema

Court 2 (from 15.00hrs)
1. Chang Kai-Chen vs. Sybille Bammer
2. Anastasia Rodionova vs. Anna Chakvetadze
3. Gerasimou/Zhou vs. Craybas/Goerges

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On the Fringe.

Posted by gauloises1 on February 10, 2010

For those of you who haven’t observed Vera Zvonareva’s new haircut/dye job, she debuted it at the Pattaya City players’ party:

To quote Twist … “I can really see what you tried to do.”

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AO Day Four: The Stuff That Happened

Posted by gauloises1 on January 22, 2010

The British Davis Cup squad soaks up the atmosphere.

Quite the little giant-killer, aren’t we?

Daniela Hantuchova rocks shorts. We all know it.

Oh, Jo. Don’t worry, I’ll do the thinking for you.

She went.

Another Kolya win, another awesome presser.

That’s Casey Dellacqua, in case you’d forgotten. (I had.)

Nole’s day kit.

*snigger*

Alberta Brianti? Really?

Men’s Results

Singles – Second Round
[1] R Federer (SUI) d V Hanescu (ROU) 62 63 62
[3] N Djokovic(SRB) d M Chiudinelli (SUI) 36 61 61 63
[6] N Davydenko(RUS) d [Q] I Marchenko (UKR) 63 63 60
[9] F Verdasco (ESP) d [Q] I Sergeyev (UKR) 61 62 62
[10] J Tsonga (FRA) d T Dent (USA) 64 63 63
M Baghdatis (CYP) d [17] D Ferrer (ESP) 46 36 76(4) 63 61
[18] T Haas (GER) d J Tipsarevic (SRB) 46 64 63 16 63
[20] M Youzhny (RUS) d J Hajek (CZE) 62 61 61
[22] L Hewitt (AUS) d [Q] D Young (USA) 76(3) 64 61
[26] N Almagro (ESP) d B Becker (GER) 64 62 36 46 63
[30] J Monaco (ARG) d M Llodra (FRA) 36 36 76(5) 61 63
[31] A Montanes (ESP) d S Robert (FRA) 46 67(3) 62 63 62
A Falla (COL) d M Granollers (ESP) 64 61 63
L Kubot (POL) d S Giraldo (COL) 64 36 63 61
[Q] S Koubek (AUT) d [Q] I Dodig (CRO) 76(4) 61 62
D Istomin (UZB) d M Berrer (GER) 75 63 64

Doubles – First Round
[3] L Dlouhy (CZE) / L Paes (IND) d L Friedl (CZE) / D Skoch (CZE) 63 61
M Kohlmann (GER) / J Nieminen (FIN) d [4] M Bhupathi (IND) / M Mirnyi (BLR) 64 64
F Gonzalez (CHI) / I Ljubicic (CRO) d [6] F Cermak (CZE) / M Mertinak (SVK) 63 76(7)
I Karlovic (CRO) / D Vemic (SRB) d [9] C Kas (GER) / D Norman (BEL) 64 36 64
[11] S Aspelin (SWE) / P Hanley (AUS) d M Daniel (BRA) / D Koellerer (AUT) 61 62
J Benneteau (FRA) / S Darcis (BEL) d [13] M Llodra (FRA) / A Ram (ISR) 75 36 75
[14] M Damm (CZE) / F Polasek (SVK) d [WC] M Matosevic (AUS) / B Tomic (AUS) 62 61
J Isner (USA) / S Querrey (USA) d J Coetzee (RSA) / R Wassen (NED) 64 61
C Ball (AUS) / S Huss (AUS) d B Becker (GER) / F Mayer (GER) 76(6) 76(3)
E Butorac (USA) / R Ram (USA) d T Bellucci (BRA) / A Sa (BRA) 63 64
I Andreev (RUS) / E Korolev (KAZ) d S Stakhovsky (UKR) / M Zverev(GER) 61 76(6)
F Lopez (ESP) / R Schuettler (GER) d F Gil (POR) / K Vliegen(BEL) 63 62
F Fognini (ITA) / P Starace (ITA) d J Chardy (FRA) / M Gicquel (FRA) 51 ret. (Chardy – wrist)
S Bolelli (ITA) / A Seppi (ITA) d L Lacko (SVK) / M Russell(USA) 64 62
I Kunitsyn (RUS) / D Sela (ISR) d M Chiudinelli (SUI) / V Troicki (SRB) 64 62

Women’s Results

Singles – Second Round
(1) Serena Williams (USA) d. Petra Kvitova (CZE) 62 61
(4) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) d. Julia Goerges (GER) 63 61
(6) Venus Williams (USA) d. Sybille Bammer (AUT) 62 75
(7) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d. Stefanie Voegele (SUI) 64 60
(9) Vera Zvonareva (RUS) d. Iveta Benesova (CZE) 60 63
(10) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. Alla Kudryavtseva (RUS) 60 62
(13) Samantha Stosur (AUS) d. Kristina Barrois (GER) 75 63
(16) Li Na (CHN) d. Agnes Szavay (HUN) 36 75 62
(17) Francesca Schiavone (ITA) d. Julie Coin (FRA) 63 64
Gisela Dulko (ARG) d. (20) Ana Ivanovic (SRB) 67(6) 75 64
Alberta Brianti (ITA) d. (21) Sabine Lisicki (GER) 26 64 64
(22) Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) d. (Q) Sofia Arvidsson (SWE) 64 61
(29) Shahar Peer (ISR) d. Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) 61 64
(32) Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP) d. Andrea Petkovic (GER) 61 64
Tathiana Garbin (ITA) d. Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) 67(5) 62 60
(WC) Casey Dellacqua (AUS) d. Karolina Sprem (CRO) 76(4) 76(6)

Doubles – First Round
Dushevina/Rodionova (RUS/AUS) d. (5) Petrova/Stosur (RUS/AUS) 36 64 61
(7) Kleybanova/Schiavone (RUS/ITA) d. Brianti/U.Radwanska (ITA/POL) 46 75 76(3)
(9) Vesnina/Zheng (RUS/CHN) d. Cornet/Fichman (FRA/CAN) 75 63
(10) Mirza/Ruano Pascual (IND/ESP) d. (WC) Basuki/Date Krumm (INA/JPN) 64 62
(12) Chuang/Peschke (TPE/CZE) d. Senoglu/Shvedova (TUR/KAZ) 60 75
(13) Dulko/Pennetta (ARG/ITA) d. Bondarenko/Bondarenko (UKR/UKR) 64 26 63
(14) Groenefeld/King (GER/USA) d. (WC) Golds/Mirkovic (AUS/AUS) 60 61
(15) Kirilenko/A.Radwanska (RUS/POL) d. Cirstea/Pavlyuchenkova (ROU/RUS) 60 67(4) 62
(16) Benesova/Zahlavova Strycova (CZE/CZE) d. Errani/Suárez Navarro (ITA/ESP) 62 61
Azarenka/Kuznetsova (BLR/RUS) d. Kanepi/Woehr (EST/GER) 76(5) 64
Olaru/Savchuk (ROU/UKR) d. Amanmuradova/Tanasugarn (UZB/THA) 46 61 62
Peer/Voskoboeva (ISR/KAZ) d. Rybarikova/Voracova (SVK/CZE) 62 75
Szavay/Vinci (HUN/ITA) d. Govortsova/Poutchek (BLR/BLR) 75 64
Jankovic/Perry (SRB/USA) d. Cibulkova/Krajicek (SVK/NED) 61 64
Czink/Grandin (HUN/RSA) d. Lisicki/Rezai (GER/FRA) 63 62
Razzano/Wickmayer (FRA/BEL) d. Kondratieva/Sevastova (RUS/LAT) 75 36 62
Gullickson/Uhlirova (USA/CZE) d. Dulgheru/Gallovits (ROU/ROU) 63 36 63
Borwell/Kops-Jones (GBR/USA) d. Hercog/Martic (SLO/CRO) 64 76(3)
Baltacha/Dekmeijere (GBR/LAT) d. Safarova/Wozniak (CZE/CAN) 75 62
(WC) Peers/Robson (AUS/GBR) d. Craybas/Spears (USA/USA) 63 75

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Hopman Cup: Team Tim Win, Are Adorable

Posted by gauloises1 on January 4, 2010

First up in Hopman Cup yesterday, Team Russia edged a 2-1 victory over Germany – but Sabine Lisicki kicked off her 2010 in style with a 64 61 demolition of an out-of-sorts Elena Dementieva. Impressive stuff from Licky, but Igor Andreev randomly decided to become relevant again and beat Philipp Kohlschreiber in three before the Russians took the doubles 64 76(7).

The night session was Tim o’clock, and Laura Robson acquitted herself well for two sets against Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan before falling 46 63 60.

Luckily for Laura, big brother was on hand to rescue the situation, demolishing Andrey Golubev 62 62.

After sorting out some important colour co-ordination issues, it was time for the mixed doubles and much to the surprise of many, Team GB won it 63 57 76(10). I haven’t had a chance to watch all the highlights yet, but from what I’ve seen, they were good – a little lucky, but good. And more importantly, adorable.

 

Love them.

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Party! (Like You Fell Through a Hole in Time)

Posted by gauloises1 on January 3, 2010

The Hopman Cup player’s party. Surprisingly respectable ensembles.

I feel like I’ve seen this photo 97,503 times before.

The caption says this is Yaroslava Shvedova. I shall take the caption’s word for it.

The ghost of champions past.

When did Pat Cash become tennis’ creepy barfly?

Team Romania are rapidly becoming my favourites. Look at them, manfully working the Dracula/Bride Of look.

Well played, Laura. Not sure about the dress, but she looks adorable.

I don’t care what anyone says; Andy Murray is hot.

Just because Jez’s choice of footwear is making me giggle.

Melanie and her BFG.

In the interests of self-preservation, I’ve decided to enjoy Sabine’s fashion sense rather than despair at it.

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Bali Day One: Licky Goes Down

Posted by gauloises1 on November 5, 2009

So it was the first day of round robin play in the Tournament No-one Can Watch. But it is apparently happening. I have photos.

Two of the top seeds posted straight sets wins in their groups; Marion Bartoli handled Birmingham champ Magdalena Rybarikova with ease, winning 64 64, and Yanina Wickmayer survived a tough first set challenge from Kimiko Date-Krumm to come through, 76(5) 63.

marion bartoli serveyanina wickmayer

Fellow top seed Samantha Stosur didn’t have such an easy time of it but came through against another unpredictable talent, Agnes Szavay, 61 in the third. And sadly for me, Licky lost to Aravane Rezai, 16 63 64. Based on that scoreline I’m extrapolating the usual Licky pattern; a dominant first set followed by an unaccountable loss of concentration in the second and an implosion in a morass of unforced errors at a crucial point in the third.

aravane rezaisabine lisicki

I like Aravane and think she’s a beautiful ball-striker (and her fashion choices often make me lol). Still, I’m gutted that Licky’s Bali sojourn doesn’t look like it’ll last particularly long.

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WTA Week Ahead: Bali Draw Set

Posted by gauloises1 on November 3, 2009

The draw for the inaugural 12-woman ‘Tournament of Champions’ in Bali was held today. For those not clear what the hell is going on with this one … nobody really knows. It’s for WTA players who have won one or more International-level tournaments and are ranked quite highly, or something.

Anyway, each of the ladies has won at least one International level title and sits around the 10-20 mark in the rankings, except for the wildcards Sabine Lisicki (who in fairness won Charleston and made a Wimbledon quarterfinal) and Kimiko Date-Krumm (who, in fairness, is old). It’s a second-tier Doha, basically, and the field doesn’t look bad.

bali field

Each of the top four seeds – Marion Bartoli, Sam Stosur, Yanina Wickmayer and Sabine Lisicki – heads a round-robin group, and play starts Thursday. The winner of each group advances to the semifinals on Saturday and so on.

These are the groups:

A: Marion Bartoli (Monterrey, Australian Open QF), Shahar Peer (Guangzhou, Tashkent), Magdalena Rybarikova (Birmingham)
B: Samantha Stosur (Osaka, French Open SF), Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez (Bogota, Bastad), Agnes Szavay (Budapest)
C: Yanina Wickmayer (Estoril, Linz, US Open SF), Anabel Medina Garrigues (Fes), Kimiko Date Krumm (Seoul)
D: Sabine Lisicki (Charleston, Wimbledon QF), Melinda Czink (Quebec City), Aravane Rezai (Strasbourg)

And now have some photos of the players looking lovely.

kimiko date krumm

Kimiko.

sabine lisicki

My girl Licky.

szavay bartoli

Agnes Szavay and Marion Bartoli with other people.

melinda czink

Melinda Czink.

yanina wickmayer

Wicky, cleaning up nicely …

So that’s Bali.

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