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Posts Tagged ‘gisela dulko’

And Nobody Died.

Posted by gauloises1 on February 28, 2011

Congratulations to Gisela Dulko and David Ferrer, who took home the trophies in Acapulco this weekend.

I have to say, I did not call Gisela standing there with that trophy as she’s been uninspiring in singles recently, but maybe that Australian Open win (and no. 1 ranking) in doubles with Flavia Pennetta, although presumably that’s not the new love that Clijsters was referring to. She beat sixth seed Arantxa Parra-Santonja 63 76(5) in the final.

As for the men’s side, I’m absolutely gutted that I missed David Ferrer’s final against Nicolas Almagro (it was on at like five in the morning!). Almagro was going for the Golden Swing sweep, having already won in Santiago and Buenos Aires, while Ferru was the defending champion and it appears to have been kind of a classic:

If you didn’t watch that, Ferru won 76(4) 67(2) 62, and he was pretty happy about it.

That’s a 500 and a Grand Slam semifinal and it’s still February. Or as I’m now thinking of it, Ferruary.

Anyway, they also looked cute in hats.

 

 

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RG Day One: Oh, Bum

Posted by gauloises1 on May 23, 2010

Three players from whom much was expected bit the dust today at Roland Garros on the very first day. Ernests Gulbis, two sets and a break down to Julien Benneteau, was forced to retire in the third after pulling a hamstring (or what looked very much like an arse muscle, whatever you call that) sliding for a wide ball.

In Ernie’s own words:

 “When I returned a serve, 2 1, second set, I stretched my leg, my hamstrings, and I heard two cracks. I don’t know what is it, so I’m going to go to MRI to hospital in 20 minutes and check it. I hope it’s nothing serious, because it can be anything, but it’s for sure like a little bit stretch of the muscle, but I hope it’s not here. So we’ll see. Of course I’m disappointed. I prepared really good for this tournament, but it’s okay. It’s a Grand Slam, it’s a big tournament. But I have maybe nine more, eight more years of my career, I will have 20 Grand Slams in front of me, and if I concentrate on one, which wasn’t that good, I will get nothing, but it’s okay.”

It’s really bad luck that he got injured and I hope he gets better soon. But I don’t think the result would have been that much different had he not been hurt, because Julien ‘Lamb’ Benneteau was having one of his occasional days when he plays like a top 10 player. He’s beaten Roger and played Nole close before, and from what I saw, Ernie would have had to have been serving at least 15-20% better to really impose himself on the match. Just my opinion and a well-deserved win for Benneteau.

It was a sad day too for Rome champion Maria-Jose Martinez Sanchez, from whom much was expected especially given her position in the weaker bottom half of the draw. She strained her back during the warm-up and went down tamely to Akgul Amandurova, 62 64.

And in what was technically but not actually the biggest upset of the tournament so far (all one day of it), Victoria Azarenka lost 61 62 to Gisela Dulko. I thought this would be the outcome as soon as I saw the draw, frankly; not only is Vika no clay-courter, she’s retired three times since Miami – the last time in Madrid – and has barely had time to get her feet under her. It’s a good win for Dulko, but she didn’t really have to do that much.

Now for god’s sake rest up for Wimbledon, Vika.

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Indian Wells: What’s Going On?

Posted by gauloises1 on March 16, 2010

So, I missed a lot. A lot of kind of surprising losses. Marin Cilic lost to Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 76(1) 60; that was pretty surprising. I thought he’d got over random losses to opponents he should take care of easily enough. Obviously not, or maybe he was just that keen to get on to Miami and “work” with Goran again. Moving on. Justine Henin lost 62 16 64 to Gisela Dulko, who went on to lose 61 60 to Agnieszka Radwanska.

Because that happens.

Similarly mixed fortunes for battling British qualifier Elena Baltacha, who did incredibly well to beat Li Na in three sets, scoring the first top 10 win of her career – and then lost 60 62 to wildcard Alicia Molik.

Because that … happens.

Gael Monfils, meanwhile, never the most reliable or consistent of players, still surprised in losing to Simon Greul 16 62 63.

This actually does happen.

And Svetlana Kuznetsova took being the top seed on the women’s side about as well as could have been expected, losing in three sets to Carla Suarez Navarro in her first match.

And Maria Sharapova found herself a victim of Zheng Jie’s indomitable (when she feels like it) spirit, falling 63 26 63.

Roger Federer, meanwhile, won everything.

Posted in gael monfils, gisela dulko, indian wells, maria sharapova, roger federer, svetlana kuznetsova | Tagged: , , , , | 6 Comments »

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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Saturday Titlists: Many Names, One Surprise

Posted by gauloises1 on July 12, 2009

Unseeded and superfluously-surnamed Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez beat top seed Caroline Wozniacki 75 64 for the Catella Swedish Open title in Bastad today.

mjms2

Not what I would have expected, but a great result for Martinez Sanchez. It’s her second title of the year after Bogota, I believe. And yes, I could check, but that would take all the fun out of you correcting me, wouldn’t it?

caro

I didn’t see a whole lot of this match – like the SEXIST! I am, I was concentrating on Davis Cup – but from what I did see, Martinez Sanchez was simply better; more aggressive, going for her shots and executing well, and drop-shotting Caro to death. For Caro’s part, she seemed to be misfiring wildly on the backhand return of serve, which cost her a lot. In fact, it cost her a shiny pink disco trophy.

mjms

And Gisela and Flavia had a good day too, upsetting the top seeds to take the doubles trophy.

gisela flavia

Have I said I love Flavia’s dress? I love Flavia’s dress.

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Thursday Results: Bastad, Budapest

Posted by gauloises1 on July 9, 2009

There is no Wednesday in my world.

Bastad

caro

dulko

csn

The Stella McCartney-off (this time it’s fashionable) ended the same way as the first. Yep, good decision there Adidas. And CSN was downed by a woman with even more names. But hey, Flavs is still in!

Singles – Quarterfinals
(1) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) d. Maria Kirilenko (RUS) 75 76(4)
Gisela Dulko (ARG) d. (2) Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) 67(5) 63 76(6)
(3) Flavia Pennetta (ITA) d. Alla Kudryavtseva (RUS) 64 62
María José Martínez Sánchez (ESP) d. (7) Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP)
46 63 60

Doubles – Quarterfinals
(1) Llagostera Vives/Martínez Sánchez (ESP/ESP) d. Schiavone/Suárez Navarro (ITA/ESP) 76(3) 62
Kondratieva/Lefèvre (RUS/FRA) d. (4) Cirstea/Wozniacki (ROU/DEN) 46 64 108

Budapest

szavay

Another fashion fail from Fila. Or is that the same one?

Singles – Second Round
(1/WC) Patty Schnyder (SUI) d. Maria Elena Camerin (ITA) 63 62
(4) Agnes Szavay (HUN) d. Tathiana Garbin (ITA) 76(2) 57 75
(5) Alisa Kleybanova (RUS) d. Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR) 46 64 64
(Q) Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) d. Patricia Mayr (AUT) 06 63 64

Doubles – Quarterfinals
(2) Bondarenko/Bondarenko (UKR/UKR) d. Mayr/Pironkova (AUT/BUL)
61 16 106
Fichman/Marosi (CAN/HUN) d. (3) Safarova/Voskoboeva (CZE/KAZ) w/o (Safarova: thigh strain)
Koryttseva/Olaru (UKR/ROU) d. (4) Gallovits/Peer (ROU/ISR) 26 64 102

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Monday Results: Bstaad, Budapest, Newport

Posted by gauloises1 on July 7, 2009

It. Never. Stops. Seriously.

But as you know, here at YFB we feel *all* tennis is important. (What idiot came up with that philosophy?!). Sorry for the lack of a preview. I barely know my own name at this point.

wozniacki berta

In Bstaad, all eyes are on Caroline Wozniacki. Who didn’t play today. But I’ll tell you who did! Sorana Cirstea, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Carla Suarez Navarro, and Gisela Dulko are all through to the second round. Actually, that’s not a bad field. Not by half.

dulko

And any tournament which features Gisela and Flavia playing doubles is pretty much fine with me.

In Budapest, Alona Bondarenko beat Karolina Sprem. Doesn’t *everybody* beat Karolina Sprem these days? And in Newport, bewilderingly popular Taylor Dent, Daniel Brands and Samuel Groth all progressed, along with some other people.

Yes, I’m hanging on to my grasp of current tennis events by my fingernails. Thanks for noticing. Full results below.

Bstaad

Singles – First Round
(5) Sorana Cirstea (ROU) d. (WC) Johanna Larsson (SWE) 46 62 75
(6) Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d. Jill Craybas (USA) 36 63 63
(7) Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP) d. Lenka Wienerova (SVK) 60 75
(8) Iveta Benesova (CZE) d. Urszula Radwanska (POL) 36 62 62
Gisela Dulko (ARG) d. Marta Domachowska (POL) 64 60
Alla Kudryavtseva (RUS) d. Karin Knapp (ITA) 61 61

Doubles – First Round
(2) Dulko/Pennetta (ARG/ITA) d. El Tabakh/Klaffner (CAN/AUT) 60 64
(4) Cirstea/Wozniacki (ROU/DEN) d. Osterloh/Palkina (USA/KGZ) 76(6) 76(6)
Schiavone/Suárez Navarro (ITA/ESP) d. Arvidsson/Cibulkova (SWE/SVK) 62 61
Domachowska/Grandin (POL/RSA) d. (WC) Johansson/Roma (SWE/SWE) 64 62
Brozda/Kiszczynska (POL/POL) d. Fedossova/Mircic (FRA/SRB) 62 75

Singles Qualifying – Final Round
(1) Ksenia Palkina (KGZ) d. Guilia Gatto Monticone (ITA) 75 63
(3) Julia Vakulenko (UKR) d. Heidi El Tabakh (CAN) 16 63 76(4)
(5) Irina Buryachok (UKR) d. (4) Lilia Osterloh (USA) 63 60
Michaela Johansson (SWE) d. Astrid Besser (ITA) 64 64

Budapest
Singles – First Round
(6) Alona Bondarenko (UKR) d. Karolina Sprem (CRO) 46 75 61
Edina Gallovits (ROU) d. Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) 75 62
Maria Elena Camerin (ITA) d. Lourdes Domínguez Lino (ESP) 46 60 61

Doubles – First Round
(1) Kleybanova/Niculescu (RUS/ROU) d. Ivanova/Lapushchenkova (RUS/RUS) 62 60
(3) Safarova/Voskoboeva (CZE/KAZ) d. Szatmari/Tvaroskova (ROU/SVK) 64 64

Singles Qualifying – Final Round
(1) Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) d. (5) Irina Begu (ROU) 63 62
(3) Petra Martic (CRO) d. Lenka Jurikova (SVK) 62 64
(6) Sharon Fichman (CAN) d. Michaela Pochabova (SVK) 62 67(5) 76(4)
Margalita Chakhnashvili (GEO) d. Reka-Luca Jani (HUN) 46 62 62

Newport

R2 T Dent defeats M Daniel 62 61
R2 R Ginepri defeats S Ventura 62 16 64
R2 P Amritraj defeats D Udomchoke 61 64
R2 J Levine defeats C Guccione 76(2) 76(2)
R2 B Evans defeats (4) B Becker 76(5) 36 75
Q (8) A Peya defeats (3) G Soeda 63 61
R2 D Brands defeats V Spadea 60 64
Q S Groth defeats (2) S Stadler 76(9) 64
Q (5) A Falla defeats (4) A Stoppini 46 60 76(6)

Doubles
R2 N Mahut / F Santoro defeats J Cerretani / S Stakhovsky 64 64
R2 (4) E Butorac / S Lipsky defeats K Kim / D Udomchoke 76(1) 62

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Wimbledon Day Three: Bye Shazza

Posted by gauloises1 on June 25, 2009

Sad day for the nation’s tabloids as Maria Sharapova was beaten in three sets by Gisela Dulko.

shazza

Really, it was a big ask after such a long lay-off. And she’s doing so well. This comeback’s still on, bitches.

But in better news for The Sun, at least she lost to someone pretty.

dulko

In more shrieking news, we said a sad goodbye to Michelle Larcher de Brito (or ‘Brit-Brit’ as I’ve started mentally referring to her):

brito

Can’t wait for Gruntgate ’10!

And in other tall leggy news, Daniela Hantuchova had a great win over Zheng Jie Jie Zheng:

dani

I love a smiling Dani.

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Roland Garros Results: WTA Day One

Posted by gauloises1 on May 25, 2009

Just two seeds lost today – nineteenth seed Kaia Kanepi went down to Yaroslava Shvedova, the Queen of Qualifying. And as aforementioned, Momo lost 😦 Otherwise, all else proceeded fairly calmly.

shvedova

Defending champion Ana Ivanovic made it through a fairly testing match with tricksy Sara Errani, and Li Na Na Li, Nadia Petrova and Victoria Azarenka fairly breezed through.

vikanads

Julie Coin had a good win over Llagostera Vives, who pushed Daniela Hantuchova hard in Warsaw last week. Kudryavtseva, Barrois and Benesova progressed, and Gisela Dulko notched up a good win over Tamira Paszek.

dulko

Loving the Lacoste, by the way.

Sadness for home faves Johansson (l. to Diatchenko), Olivia Sanchez (l. to Rus), Loit (l. to Bacsinzky) and Bremond, who lost to Vesnina … also rocking the Lacoste,

vesnina

All in all, good show, ladies.

Full results here.

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Warsaw, Strasbourg Results: Shazza, Keo Win

Posted by gauloises1 on May 20, 2009

Warsaw

Shazza’s comeback continues apace as she took care of lucky loser Kustova 2 and 0. The tournament is now completely devoid of Radwanska/is as Dani defeated littler sis Urszula in straight sets.

dani

shazza

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anne Keothavong had a good win, taking care of veteran Jill Craybas. And third and fifth seeds Zheng Jie Jie Zheng and Sara Errani were knocked out, so, you know, weirdness abounds.

Singles – Second Round
Klara Zakopalova (CZE) d. (3) Zheng Jie (CHN) 60 64
(Q) Alexandra Dulgheru (ROU) d. (5) Sara Errani (ITA) 64 63
(6/WC) Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) d. Urszula Radwanska (POL) 63 61
(8) Alona Bondarenko (UKR) d. Marta Domachowska (POL) 63 61
Anne Keothavong (GBR) d. Jill Craybas (USA) 36 63 61
Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ) d. Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR) 64 76(5)
(Q) Ioana Raluca Olaru (ROU) d. Julia Goerges (GER) 63 06 76(3)
(WC) Maria Sharapova (RUS) d. (LL) Darya Kustova (BLR) 62 60

Doubles – Quarterfinals
(2) Yan/Zheng (CHN/CHN) d. Amanmuradova/Kustova (UZB/BLR) 63 62
(4) Bondarenko/Bondarenko (UKR/UKR) d. Czink/Grandin (HUN/RSA) 63 46 103

Doubles – First Round
(1) Peschke/Raymond (CZE/USA) d. Errani/Garbin (ITA/ITA) 75 57 108
(3) Kops-Jones/Mattek-Sands (USA/USA) d. Lefèvre/Szatmari (FRA/ROU)
76(7) 64
Koryttseva/Voskoboeva (UKR/KAZ) d. Jans/Rosolska (POL/POL) 64 63

Strasbourg

amg

dulko

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Defending champion Anabel Medina Garrigues was forced to withdraw today with a back injury. From her player blog:

It was a disappointing day today. I was playing a point and hurt my back, and I had to retire from the match. I’ve had this problem before – twice last year. It’s painful and makes your back very stiff. The good news is it usually takes three or four days of treatment and it heals, so I will be fine for Roland Garros. I’ll have treatment on it until the day I play my first match there, of course.

It’s too bad this happened at one of my favorite tournaments. I’m always happy to come to Strasbourg, and I’ll be back next year of course. These things happen though. Hopefully it will be fine in a few days like it was the last time. I’m leaving for Paris tomorrow afternoon. I always love going back to Roland Garros.

Fourth-seeded Gisela Dulko also fell. But hey, Aravane Rezai’s still in!

Singles – Second Round
Kristina Barrois (GER) d. (1) Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) 64 ret. (back injury)
(3) Peng Shuai (CHN) d. Pauline Parmentier (FRA) 63 76(6)
Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro (FRA) d. (4) Gisela Dulko (ARG) 46 76(5) 64
Ayumi Morita (JPN) d. Julie Coin (FRA) 46 60 64
Aravane Rezai (FRA) d. Anastasiya Yakimova (BLR) 64 61
Lucie Hradecka (CZE) d. Alla Kudryavtseva (RUS) 75 60
(Q) Monica Niculescu (ROU) d. (Q) Yuliya Beygelzimer (UKR) 57 60 64
(Q) Viktoriya Kutuzova (UKR) d. Stéphanie Foretz (FRA) 36 63 62

Doubles – Quarterfinals
(2) Dechy/Santangelo (FRA/ITA) d. Birnerova/Hrdinova (CZE/CZE) 64 26 107
(4) Hlavackova/Hradecka (CZE/CZE) d. Krauth/Nooni (ARG/SWE) 62 62
Feuerstein/Foretz (FRA/FRA) d. Daniilidou/Woehr (GRE/GER) 36 64 119

Doubles – First Round
Krauth/Nooni (ARG/SWE) d. (WC) Laisne/Pavlovic (FRA/FRA) 76(8) 75
Anderson/Schaul (RSA/LUX) d. Kudryavtseva/Kutuzova (RUS/UKR) 76(6) 26 104

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