Tennis News Wire -
Sony Ericsson Open
Wednesday Women's Summary
Singles - First Round Christina McHale def. Galina
Voskoboeva 6-3 6-4
Based on recent results, we'd frankly hoped for better.
It appears Galina Voskoboeva won't quite hit the Top
Fifty. But Christina McHale -- who would have been
seeded had the current rankings been used here -- could
climb even more. She is currently #31 in safe points.
She has the chance to hit the Top Thirty here. Too bad
the hardcourt season is almost over....
Singles - First Round Kim Clijsters def. Jarmila
Gajdosova 4-6 6-1 6-0
The headline around here so far seems to be, "Slow
starts but eventual success for comeback players." First
Alyssa Kleybanova overcame a first set loss to advance,
now Kim Clijsters. Clijsters is still below the Top
Forty in safe points, but this assures her Top Fifty
spot at least. Unlike Jarmila Gajdosova, who will end up
probably around #55.
Singles - First Round (WC) Venus Williams def. Kimiko
Date-Krumm 6-0 6-3
We'd have to say, based on that score, that Venus
Williams is making a fine comeback! And it will help her
ranking -- she should gain about a dozen spots. She is
still well below #100, though.
Singles - First Round Iveta Benesova def. Elena Vesnina
Elena Vesnina drops several more spots; she won't be
much above #60.
Singles - First Round Shahar Peer def. (Q) Alize Cornet
This will mark the first time in a while that Shahar
Peer has added ranking points. She is still below the
Top Fifty, but she's getting closer.
Singles - First Round Sofia Arvidsson def. Gisela Dulko
Sofia Arvidsson is also getting close to the Top Fifty,
but Gisela Dulko will stay stuck well below #100. Pretty
soon she is going to have to make the tough decision of
whether to try to rebuild her singles or concentrate on
her Olympic doubles hopes.
Singles - First Round Barbora Zahlavova Strycova def.
(Q) Vera Dushevina 7-6(7-3) 6-4
Barbora Zahlavova Strycova defends her points and will
remain around #60.
Singles - First Round (Q) Stephanie Foretz Gacon def.
(WC) Olivia Rogowska 6-4 6-1
Between qualifying and main draw points, Stephanie
Foretz Gacon should rise to around #85.
Singles - First Round (Q) Melinda Czink def. Alberta
Brianti 6-1 6-2
Melinda Czink should rise to around #115.
Singles - First Round (Q) Valeria Savinykh def. Klara
Zakopalova 6-3 7-5
Valeria Savinykh's results are mildly promising, but
this is still quite the surprise. It will drop Klara
Zakopalova below #45.
Singles - First Round Sloane Stephens (Q) def. Pauline
Parmentier 4-6 7-6(7-4) 6-4
Sloane Stephens is probably wondering why she didn't get
a wildcard. But evidently she didn't need it. This will
likely drop Pauline Parmentier below #60.
Singles - First Round Michaella Krajicek def. (Q) Eva
Birnerova 5-7 6-4 6-0
Michaella Krajicek's big comeback continues; she is now
Singles - First Round (WC) Aleksandra Wozniak def. Eleni
Daniilidou 4-6 6-3 6-0
A very close contest in terms of rankings; Wozniak came
in at #65, Daniilidou #67. That gap will widen; Wozniak
is now just below the Top Sixty.
Singles - First Round Vania King def. Laura Pous-Tio 6-2
Everything Vania King earns here counts, but this by
itself does her surprisingly little good; she is still a
little below the Top Fifty.
Singles - First Round (Q) Madison Keys def. Magdalena
Rybarikova 6-7(4-7) 6-2 6-1
Madison Keys made a big splash a couple of years ago,
then sank beneath the surface. She's still pretty far
down there -- she came here ranked #275. This should
improve her standing by about fifty places.
Singles - First Round Polona Hercog def. (Q) Jamie
Hampton 6-1 6-3
Jamie Hampton has been playing well, so maybe this is an
indication that Polona Hercog is finally breaking out of
her slump. And she wasn't defending anything, so there
is a chance that this will actually improve her ranking.
Singles - First Round (WC) Garbine Muguruza Blanco def.
Ayumi Morita 6-3 2-6 3-0, retired (right shoulder
Not the happiest sign, after Indian Wells, but at least
there haven't been as many retirements here as in
California. Still, it looks as if this will drop Ayumi
Morita below #75.
Singles - First Round Ksenia Pervak def. Anastasia
Yakimova 6-4 6-0
This effectively guarantees that Ksenia Pervak will stay
Top Forty, although she will need more to climb
Singles - First Round (Q) Kateryna Bondarenko def. (Q)
Urszula Radwanska 3-6 7-6(7-5) 6-4
This was an almost-shouldn't-have-happened match; based
on her current ranking, Kateryna Bondarenko would have
gotten in directly and Urszula Radwanska was right on
the cusp, too. The win takes Bondarenko to about #65.
Singles - First Round Silvia Soler-Espinosa def. Misaki
Doi 6-3 6-4
Believe it or not, this will probably take Silvia
Soler-Espinosa above #70.