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Wimbledon Day 4: Oh Yeah, The Women

Posted by gauloises1 on June 25, 2010

No major upsets on the women’s side yet, who by and large are keeping things ticking over nicely, with Serena, Wozniacki, and Sharapova  among the winners on day 4. Still, a few seeds dropped in reasonably quiet fashion.

Technically the biggest upset was Svetlana Kuznetsova’s loss to Anastasia Rodionova, the newly-minted Aussie who beat Anne Keothavong in the opening round. This being Wimbledon, and this being Sveta, I was more surprised that she wouldn’t shake Rodionova’s hand. I find Rodionova’s behaviour on the court pretty obnoxious (albeit not Kristof Vliegen levels of obnoxious), so I’m very much Team Sveta on this one.

Former quarterfinalist Daniela Hantuchova and former semifinalist Zheng Jie both lost as well, to Zahlavova Strycova and Kvitova respectively.

Aravane Rezai also lost to Klara Zakopalova, a.k.a Miss Sulky Pants, but this tournament is still waiting for a really big women’s match. Could day 5 by the way? Justine and Nadia Petrova first up on Centre …

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WTA: Warsaw Semis Set, Strasbourg Rained Off

Posted by gauloises1 on May 21, 2010

Better take quick stock of what’s happening in the tournaments I’ve totally ignored so far this week in an attempt to ready myself for Roland Garros … In Warsaw, after the exits of Elena Dementieva and Caroline Wozniacki, it’s all about the Chinese ladies who could face each other in the final. Zheng Jie will face qualifier Greta Arn, who took out Alona Bondarenko in three sets, while defending champion Alexandra Dulgheru – who has parlayed last year’s surprise victory into a solid 2010 clay season – faces Li Na.

In Strasbourg things were a bit more of a damp squib. Kristina Barrois and Vania King (yes – the tiny American girl) are already through to the semis in straight sets, but Maria Sharapova and Anabel Medina Garrigues were both rained off and will have to complete their quarterfinals tomorrow.

Warsaw

Singles – Quarterfinals
(5) Zheng Jie (CHN) d. (1) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) 63 ret. (right ankle injury)
(3) Li Na (CHN) d. Sara Errani (ITA) 62 61
(Q) Greta Arn (HUN) d. (6) Alona Bondarenko (UKR) 57 64 64
Alexandra Dulgheru (ROU) d. (Q) Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) 64 75

Doubles – Semifinals
(1) Black/Yan (ZIM/CHN) d. Govortsova/Jans (BLR/POL) 61 64

Doubles – Quarterfinals
(3) Hsieh/Zheng (TPE/CHN) d. Errani/Vinci (ITA/ITA) 67(3) 64 105

Strasbourg

Singles – Quarterfinals
Kristina Barrois (GER) d. (7) Anastasija Sevastova (LAT) 61 75
Vania King (USA) d. Anastasia Rodionova (AUS) 64 75

Suspended due to rain
(1/WC) Maria Sharapova (RUS) vs. Julia Goerges (GER) 32
(5) Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) vs. Sofia Arvidsson (SWE) 62

OOP

Warsaw

Center Court (from 11.00hrs)
1. Li Na vs. Alexandra Dulgheru
2. Zheng Jie vs. Greta Arn
3. Hsieh/Zheng vs. Ruano Pascual/Shaughnessy (after suitable rest)

Strasbourg

Centre Court (from 11.30hrs)
1. Maria Sharapova vs. Julia Goerges (tbc)
2. Kristina Barrois vs. Vania King (NB 13.50hrs)
3. [Maria Sharapova or Julia Goerges] vs. [Sofia Arvidsson or Anabel Medina Garrigues]
4. Cornet/King vs. [Coin/Pelletier or Craybas/Goerges] (NB 16.00hrs; after suitable rest)

Court 3 (from 11.30hrs)
1. Sofia Arvidsson vs. Anabel Medina Garrigues (tbc)
2. Coin/Pelletier vs. Craybas/Goerges (NB 14.00hrs; after suitable rest)
3. Barrois/Woehr vs. Kudryavtseva/Rodionova (NB 16.00hrs; after suitable rest)

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Madrid Monday: Dinara, Vika Out

Posted by gauloises1 on May 11, 2010

Sad days: Victoria Azarenka was forced to retire for, what, the third time in four tournaments? The problem seems to be the same right thigh strain. I don’t know what she was thinking attempting to play through the injury, but she’d better come to her senses quick. And Dinara Safina suffered a painful 76(1) 76(3) defeat against Klara Zakopalova, eventually double-faulting away the match after having served for the second set twice. It was fairly heartbreaking to watch, actually; count yourself lucky there are no photos. She had all the fight and determination and effort in the world, but absolutely no control over her game, and her anguish was clear. And she will probably drop to no. 9 after this week. Not happy times.

Fortunately for the tournament, though, both Williams sisters came through tough matches. Venus scored an excellent win over Vera Zvonareva in straight sets and will face Francesca Schiavone, who took out Sybille Bammer.

And Serena survived injury problems and an inspired Vera Dushevina to edge through in a third set tiebreak. I didn’t see the match, but from what I hear, Vera had the match on her racquet and couldn’t close it out. Do you agree or is there more to it?

Regardless, I think we can agree Serena was rather happy to get through. Other seeds progressing included Wozniacki, Stosur, Pennetta, Petrova and Li Na, who as C Note can tell you would be a worthy winner this week for more than one reason. Sadly her pint-sized warrior compatriot, Zheng Jie, fell in three sets to clay veteran Anabel Medina Garrigues.

Her My Little Pony-esque get-up apparently inexplicably failed to strike fear into her enemy’s heart.

Nothing too earth-shattering on the men’s side, except for a criminally unphotographed three-set Horseface victory over Julien Benneteau, and a pair of upsets for Oleksandr Dolgopolov Jr. and Santiago Giraldo, Boss’ conqueror in Rome.

ATP – Full Results

Singles – First Round
[12] G Monfils (FRA) d S Robert (FRA) 62 75
F Lopez (ESP) d L Kubot (POL) 63 63
B Becker (GER) d [WC] C Moya (ESP) 60 62
[Q] O Dolgopolov Jr. (UKR) d A Seppi (ITA) 63 64
[Q] S Giraldo (COL) d P Kohlschreiber (GER) 16 62 63
N Almagro (ESP) d V Troicki (SRB) 61 76(3)
J Melzer (AUT) d [Q] K Anderson (RSA) 62 26 64
L Mayer (ARG) d J Benneteau (FRA) 67(9) 75 64

Doubles – First Round
M Fish (USA) / M Knowles (BAH) d [WC] D Gimeno-Traver (ESP) / I Navarro (ESP) 63 61

WTA – Full Results

Singles – Second Round
(1) Serena Williams (USA) d. Vera Dushevina (RUS) 67(2) 76(5) 76(5)
(4) Venus Williams (USA) d. Vera Zvonareva (RUS) 75 63
(15) Francesca Schiavone (ITA) d. (WC) Sybille Bammer (AUT) 62 61

Singles – First Round
(2) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) d. (Q) Petra Kvitova (CZE) 64 62
(Q) Klara Zakopalova (CZE) d. (3) Dinara Safina (RUS) 76(1) 76(3)
(8) Samantha Stosur (AUS) d. Gisela Dulko (ARG) 76(3) 75
(WC) Peng Shuai (CHN) d. (10) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) 30 ret. (right thigh strain)
(13) Li Na (CHN) d. (Q) Beatriz García Vidagany (ESP) 60 62
(14) Flavia Pennetta (ITA) d. Sorana Cirstea (ROU) 61 16 61
(16) Nadia Petrova (RUS) d. Elena Vesnina (RUS) 46 62 63
Alisa Kleybanova (RUS) d. (Q) Akgul Amanmuradova (UZB) 63 62
Patty Schnyder (SUI) d. Agnes Szavay (HUN) 52 ret. (right thigh injury)
Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) d. Zheng Jie (CHN) 36 63 62
(WC) Arantxa Parra Santonja (ESP) d. (WC) Virginia Ruano Pascual (ESP) 63 62

Doubles – First Round
(7) Mattek-Sands/Yan (USA/CHN) d. Benesova/Zahlavova Strycova (CZE/CZE) 67(6) 62 101
Kirilenko/Radwanska (RUS/POL) d. Dushevina/Makarova (RUS/RUS) 63 62
Peer/Schiavone (ISR/ITA) d. Garbin/Kops-Jones (ITA/USA) 61 62
Rosolska/Shvedova (POL/KAZ) d. Cirstea/Peng (ROU/CHN) 60 63

Tuesday’s OOP is brought to you by these nice young ladies and their doubles win.

OOP

Manolo Santana (from 12.00hrs)
1. Patty Schnyder vs. Agnieszka Radwanska
2. Samantha Stosur vs. María José Martínez Sánchez (NB 13.30hrs)
3. ATP: Federer vs. Becker (NB 16.00hrs)
4. ATP: Verdasco vs. Karlovic (NB 20.00hrs)
5. ATP: Nalbandian vs. Berdych

Arantxa Sánchez-Vicario (from 11.00hrs)
1. ATP: Fognini vs. Petzschner
2. ATP: Gulbis vs. Montañés (NB 14.00hrs)
3. ATP: Granollers vs. Wawrinka
4. ATP: Youzhny vs. Lacko
5. Klara Zakopalova vs. Aravane Rezai

Stadium 3 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Andrea Petkovic vs. Flavia Pennetta
2. ATP: Baghdatis vs. Chiudinelli (NB 14.00hrs)
3. Marion Bartoli vs. Anabel Medina Garrigues
4. Alona Bondarenko vs. Caroline Wozniacki (NB 17.00hrs)
5. Alexandra Dulgheru vs. Elena Dementieva

Court 4 (from 11.00hrs)
1. ATP: Mathieu vs. Schwank
2. ATP: Bellucci vs. Riba
3. ATP: García-López vs. Gimeno-Traver
4. ATP: Muñoz-de la Nava vs. Querrey
5. ATP: Isner vs. Rochus (NB 17.00hrs)

Court 5 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Shahar Peer vs. Alisa Kleybanova
2. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs. Nadia Petrova
3. Williams/Williams vs. Rosolska/Shvedova
4. Li Na vs. Dominika Cibulkova
5. ATP: Melzer/Roddick vs. Granollers/Troicki

Court 6 (from 11.00hrs)
1. ATP: Cuevas vs. Chela
2. ATP: Hanescu vs. Andreev
3. ATP: Cuevas/Mónaco vs. Knowle/Ram
4. ATP: Chardy/Monfils vs. Almagro/López
5. ATP: Brunstrom/Rojer vs. García-López/Montañés
6. ATP: Hernández/Marrero vs. Lindstedt/Tecau

Court 7 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Lucie Safarova vs. Olga Govortsova
2. Domínguez Lino/Parra Santonja vs. Raymond/Stubbs
3. Dulko/Pennetta vs. Peschke/Srebotnik (after suitable rest)
4. Kirilenko/Radwanska vs. Chan/Zheng
5. Rodionova/Schnyder vs. Petrova/Stosur

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AO Day Eleven: Justine vs. Serena

Posted by gauloises1 on January 29, 2010

Justine Henin and Serena Williams will face each other in Saturday’s final after the ‘Golden Flowers’, Zheng Jie and Li Na, who did so well to reach the semifinals were both ousted.

Sisters are doing it for the PRC themselves.

Having played really well throughout her last few matches and picked by some totally unbiased pundits as the favourite, Zheng was pwned by Justine, 61 60. I haven’t had a chance to catch up on what I missed, and I have to say I don’t think I really want to, judging by that scoreline.

 Can we take a moment and deal with the fact that Justine Henin is actually in the final, though? The final. In her second tournament back on the tour. She’s doing pretty well for a retired lady. It just goes to show. I’m not sure what it goes to show, exactly, but I’m sure it illustrates something or other very clearly.

Anyway. Li Na gave a rather better account of herself but was unable to make a Williams clean sweep, falling to Serena 76(4) 76(1). Well, at least she made Serena work for it, right?

But seriously now: can Justine beat Serena? Can she?! What do you guys think?

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AO Day Seven: Petrova, Zheng Keep Rolling

Posted by gauloises1 on January 24, 2010

Zheng Jie has been on quite the unheralded little run, taking out Marion Bartoli and now backing that up with a win over Alona Bondarenko to make the quarterfinals. She’ll face the winner of Safina-Kirilenko after a 76(5) 64 victory over the 31st seed.

This was more thna a decent scrap, but Bondarenko’s serve – never a thing of beauty – really let her down as she couldn’t hold on to either of the breaks she earned in the first set or the minibreak in the tiebreak. And Zheng never really let her in to the second set. Great match from her.

Nadia Petrova, meanwhile, proved that she’s not just a one-upset-per-tournament kind of girl by taking out Svetlana Kuznetsova, 63 36 61. I’m afraid I napped through this one, so all I can bring you are photos …

Henin or Wickmayer next …

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AO Day Five: Everybody Else

Posted by gauloises1 on January 23, 2010

So … what else happened? Fernando Gonzalez survived a five-set battle with Evgeny Korolev, probably because his adversary was wearing pyjamas.

Jelena Jankovic was, disappointingly, hustled out in the third round by Alona Bondarenko (the blonder one with less game). To do her credit, she played very, very well, although I feel like her dress gives me diabetes just looking at it.

Alona will meet Zheng Jie in the next round, who upset Marion Bartoli 57 63 60. Which is a scoreline you sort of have to love a little bit.

Maria Kirilenko continues to back up her first-set upset of Maria Sharapova, defeating Roberta Vinci 75 76(4) despite a heavily strapped thigh.

Joining her in the fourth round will be fellow Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova, who looked sleepy and out of sorts against an inspired Angelique Kerber but prevailed 64 in the third, pausing only to make some hilarious facial expressions along the way.

Ivo Karlovic prevailed over Ivan Ljubicic in four sets and will face Rafael Nadal, who coped with Philipp Kohlschreiber bidding for another Slam upset of a big name. Rafa’s game didn’t look great, but it was hardly a disastrous performance against a tough opponent who was playing really well.

So there.

Men’s Results

Singles – Third Round
[2] R Nadal (ESP) d [27] P Kohlschreiber (GER) 64 62 26 75
[4] J del Potro (ARG) d F Mayer (GER) 63 06 64 75
[5] A Murray (GBR) d F Serra (FRA) 75 61 64
[7] A Roddick (USA) d F Lopez (ESP) 67(4) 64 64 76(3)
[11] F Gonzalez (CHI) d E Korolev (KAZ) 67(5) 63 16 63 64
[33] J Isner (USA) d [12] G Monfils (FRA) 61 46 76(4) 76(5)
[14] M Cilic (CRO) d [19] S Wawrinka (SUI) 46 64 63 63
I Karlovic (CRO) d [24] I Ljubicic (CRO) 63 36 63 76(7)

Doubles – Second Round
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) d R de Voest (RSA) / S Lipsky (USA) 67(4) 64 64
[2] D Nestor (CAN) / N Zimonjic (SRB) d A Montanes (ESP) / M Vassallo Arguello (ARG) 63 63
[5] L Kubot (POL) / O Marach (AUT) d I Kunitsyn (RUS) / D Sela (ISR) 63 62
E Butorac (USA) / R Ram (USA) d [7] M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL) 62 36 76(2)
J Brunstrom (SWE) / J Rojer(AHO) d [8] M Granollers (ESP) / T Robredo (ESP) 63 67(5) 64
[11] S Aspelin (SWE) / P Hanley (AUS) d P Amritraj (IND) / S Devvarman (IND) 61 63
S Bolelli (ITA) / A Seppi (ITA) d [14] M Damm (CZE) / F Polasek (SVK) 76(5) 63
[17] J Melzer (AUT) / P Petzschner (GER) d F Fognini (ITA) / P Starace (ITA) 63 62
P Marx (GER) / I Zelenay(SVK) d R Junaid (AUS) / P Luczak (AUS) 76(5) 64

Women’s Results

Singles – Third Round
(2) Dinara Safina (RUS) d. Elena Baltacha (GBR) 61 62
(3) Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) d. (Q) Angelique Kerber (GER) 36 75 64
(31) Alona Bondarenko (UKR) d. (8) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) 62 63
Zheng Jie (CHN) d. (11) Marion Bartoli (FRA) 57 63 60
(19) Nadia Petrova (RUS) d. (15) Kim Clijsters (BEL) 60 61
(WC) Justine Henin (BEL) d. (27) Alisa Kleybanova (RUS) 36 64 62
Maria Kirilenko (RUS) d. Roberta Vinci (ITA) 75 76(4)
(Q) Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) d. Sara Errani (ITA) 61 67(4) 63

Doubles – Second Round
(1) Black/Huber (ZIM/USA) d. Gullickson/Uhlirova (USA/CZE) 62 62
(2) Williams/Williams (USA/USA) d. Olaru/Savchuk (ROU/UKR) 61 62
(3) Llagostera Vives/Martínez Sánchez (ESP/ESP) d. Peer/Voskoboeva (ISR/KAZ) 76(5) 64
(4) Hsieh/Peng (TPE/CHN) d. Jans/Rosolska (POL/POL) 63 62
(6) Raymond/Stubbs (USA/AUS) d. Coin/Pelletier (FRA/CAN) 62 75
(7) Kleybanova/Schiavone (RUS/ITA) d. Czink/Grandin (HUN/RSA) 75 64
(10) Mirza/Ruano Pascual (IND/ESP) d. Bacsinszky/Garbin (SUI/ITA) 76(3) 63
(WC) Peers/Robson (AUS/GBR) d. (12) Chuang/Peschke (TPE/CZE) 63 64
(13) Dulko/Pennetta (ARG/ITA) d. Borwell/Kops-Jones (GBR/USA) 75 62
Hlavackova/Hradecka (CZE/CZE) d. (16) Benesova/Zahlavova Strycova (CZE/CZE) 76(2) 62

Doubles – First Round
(11) Kudryavtseva/Makarova (RUS/RUS) d. Dellacqua/Erakovic (AUS/NZL) 26 62 61

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What Happened So Far

Posted by gauloises1 on January 12, 2010

So, I’ve been a little bit out of the loop since Sunday. What’s been going on?

Auckland

David Nalbandian pulled out with an abominal injury that may keep him out of the Australian Open.

Leaving many of us feeling like this.

But hey, Pico’s back! As is Nose Job.

Possibly having had another nose job.

Hobart

Alicia Molik keeps on keeping on, beating Sania Mirza; Carla Suarez Navarro next.

Zheng Jie beat Peng Shuai.

Jelena Dokic beat a Tim.

And Alize Cornet continues determinedly divesting herself of what remains of her points.

Sydney

JJ’s back!

She lost.

So did Caro.

So did Svetlana.

But hey, Dominika Cibulkova’s back!

So is Victoria Azarenka. In the really … Victoria Azarenka sense. She’s struggled through two three-setters so far, one against Sabine Lisicki and one against, um, Kimiko Date Krumm.

Hey, remember her? She won a match! In straight sets, too.

So did she. It may or may not be on.

The men have been boring. Have a photo of Baggy anyway.

This concludes your round-up.

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How To Make Four Pretty Women Look … Not

Posted by gauloises1 on December 21, 2009

Sania Mirza, Maria Kirilenko, Zheng Jie and Elena Dementieva pose ahead of (a) The Showdown of Champions in Kuala Lumpur.

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Beijing: Top Ladies Representing

Posted by gauloises1 on October 5, 2009

In marked contrast to how they fared in Tokyo, the top women are taking care of business at the China Open. In less than convincing fashion, in some cases, but they’re winning. Serena has landed, taking care of Kaia Kanepi 75 64 and announcing that she put the whole footfault incident behind her as soon as it happened.

serena williams china open beijing

And here I was afraid she’d learn and grow. The sole exception to the success for the seeds today came in the form of Caroline Wozniacki, presumably not over the flu that sidelined her in Tokyo, who lost to Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez 60 in the third. Anyway, unfortunately the success of the top ladies means that some second-tier favourites are out, including Sorana Cirstea who fell to Vera Zvonareva in straight sets and local heroine Zheng Jie, knocked out by Svetlana Kuznetsova.

zheng jie beijing china open

And I’m not positive, but I think that Serena has a chance to reclaim the no. 1 ranking if she does better than Safina in Beijing. Which hasn’t happened as yet, as Safina beat Roberta Vinci 64 64. And incidentally had a variety of interesting photos taken of her.

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dinara safina beijing china open

dinara safina beijing china open

dinara safina beijing china open

This is a woman with all her ducks in a row. Believe it.

Singles – First Round
(1) Dinara Safina (RUS) d. Roberta Vinci (ITA) 64 64
(2) Serena Williams (USA) d. Kaia Kanepi (EST) 75 64
(4) Elena Dementieva (RUS) d. Anna-Lena Groenefeld (GER) 64 60
María José Martínez Sánchez (ESP) d. (5) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)
67(5) 76(2) 60
(6) Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) d. Zheng Jie (CHN) 76(3) 75
(7) Vera Zvonareva (RUS) d. Sorana Cirstea (ROU) 62 62
(9) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d. (Q) Olga Govortsova (BLR) 61 63
(14) Marion Bartoli (FRA) d. Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) 62 46 63
Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) d. (WC) Lu Jingjing (CHN) 36 75 75
Sara Errani (ITA) d. (LL) Alexa Glatch (USA) 61 61
Lucie Safarova (CZE) d. (WC) Ji Chun-Mei (CHN) 62 64
Patty Schnyder (SUI) d. (Q) Urszula Radwanska (POL) 64 75
Peng Shuai (CHN) d. (Q) Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) 62 63
Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) d. (Q) Shahar Peer (ISR) 64 62
(Q) Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR) d. (WC) Maria Kirilenko (RUS) 62 26 76(2)
(Q) Melinda Czink (HUN) d. Elena Vesnina (RUS) 76(2) 57 64
(WC) Zhang Shuai (CHN) d. Iveta Benesova (CZE) 64 62

Doubles – First Round
Bondarenko/Bondarenko (UKR/UKR) d. (7) King/Petrova (USA/RUS) 63 57 108
(WC) Han/Ji (CHN/CHN) d. (8) Chuang/Raymond (TPE/USA) 67(5) 63 106
Errani/Pennetta (ITA/ITA) d. Jans/Rosolska (POL/POL) 61 61
Pavlyuchenkova/Wickmayer (RUS/BEL) d. Dushevina/Rodionova (RUS/RUS)
75 67(3) 102

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USO Day Four: Pretty Maids All In a Row

Posted by gauloises1 on September 4, 2009

So with so many seeds biting the dust, who exactly is left progressing into the third round? The fake No. 1, Dinara Safina, struggled mightily with Kristina Barrois but actually won, unlike certain other players who shall not be named. So well done there.

dinaradinara2

Svetlana Kuznetsova put paid to Anastasija Sevastova in straight sets, 64 62, and Caroline Wozniacki disposed of Petra Martic with the loss of just one game. She’ll meet Sorana Cirstea in the next round, after the Romanian beat Stephanie Dubois 64 57 64. Cirstea knocked Wozniacki out of the French Open and beat her in Los Angeles, but this time .. who knows?

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Gisela Dulko bundled out seeded Alona Bondarenko 64 60, but younger sister and Ivanovic-slayer Kateryna salvaged the day for the family, putting out American qualifier Shenay Perry 61 61. Petra Kvitova beat Tathiana Garbin 61 63 and Yanina Wickmayer in a good shout put out Shaui Peng, 26 61 64.

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Nadia Petrova continues to progress quietly, putting out last year’s Ivanovic-slayer Julie Coin in straight sets, and Sara Errani upset the mercurial Patty Schnyder. Shahar Peer had an excellent 62 60 over Carla Suarez Navarro, who is turning out to be nearly as disappointing as male counterpart Ernests Gulbis, and twenty-first seed Zheng Jie withstood a tough first set challenge from Alize Cornet to progress in three.

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Never change, Alize.

Unless it’s to start winning a bit more.

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