Tennis News Wire -
Sony Ericsson Open
Tuesday Women's Summary
Singles - First Round (WC) Alisa Kleybanova def. Johanna Larsson 2-6 6-3 6-2
An impressive start to Alisa Kleybanova's comeback; she managed to stay out there for two hours and ten minutes. Admittedly she didn't face the toughest opponent, but this is still pretty good for first match back after cancer! Larsson will fall to around #70; Kleybanova, who just fell to #248 (yes, she is still ranked -- just barely), will return to around #220.
Singles - First Round (WC) Heather Watson def. Sorana Cirstea 6-3 3-6 7-6(7-4)
Sorana Cirstea wasn't defending anything, so she shouldn't fall significantly, but this means she won't rise above #45, either.
Singles - First Round Zheng Jie def. Lucie Hradecka 6-1 6-4
Lucie Hradecka will fall below #70 -- but Zheng Jie defends her points and isn't far from the Top Thirty.
Singles - First Round Anna Tatishvili def. Tamira Paszek 6-4 4-3, retired
Haven't we heard this story somewhere before? Oh-so-fragile Tamira Paszek loses a few points and almost certainly will not make the Top Fifty.
Singles - First Round Lourdes Dominguez Lino def. (WC) Bojana Jovanovski 6-3 6-3
A match in which the loser was guaranteed to end up below the Top Hundred. Bojana Jovanovski was already out, and will stay there; Lourdes Dominguez Lino, who came in at #100 but with 80 points to defend, will need at least one more win to stay there.
Singles - First Round Tsvetana Pironkova def. Petra Martic 6-3 6-2
Tsvetana Pironkova lost her opener last year, so she is getting close to the Top Forty. But Petra Martic, who made the second round last year, could well fall below #60.
Singles - First Round (WC) Zhang Shuai def. Elena Baltacha 6-7(5-7) 6-3 6-2 A big surprise, given Zhang Shuai's recent struggles. Since Elena Baltacha was defending second round points, she will fall several spots below her current #61.
Singles - First Round Ekaterina Makarova def. Jelena Dokic 6-1 7-5
Based on her current ranking, Jelena Dokic would not have gotten direct entry here. And if she can't turn things around, she won't get direct entry next year either.
Singles - First Round Mona Barthel def. Greta Arn 6-1 6-0
Not a big surprise given Mona Barthel's recent results -- but not very helpful to Barthel, who was just below a big rankings gap and needs more to climb.
Singles - First Round Marina Erakovic def. Mathilde Johansson 4-6 6-4 6-4
This took almost two and three-quarter hours, which can't have helped the schedule, but it will likely move Marina Erakovic above #45.
Singles - First Round Simona Halep def. Carla Suarez Navarro 6-7(5-7) 6-3 6-3
Simona Halep defends her points, which might suffice to keep her Top Fifty. Carla Suarez Navarro remains stuck below #60.
Singles - First Round Chanelle Scheepers def. Irina-Camelia Begu 3-6 6-3 6-0
We don't know what happened to Irina-Camelia Begu here, but this means no Top Forty spot. Chanelle Scheepers, on the other hand, is on the brink of reaching that mark.