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Family Circle Cup
Singles - Second Round: (3) Marion Bartoli def. Vera Dushevina 6-2 6-7(3-7) 6-4
A very tough start for Marion Bartoli, considering that she needs a final here to add any points!
Singles - Second Round: (6) Sabine Lisicki def. (LL) Andrea Hlavackova 2-6 6-3 6-4
This makes you wonder a bit what what would have happened had Sabine Lisicki faced someone who had actually managed to qualify.... She needs one more win for the points to start counting, and more than that to move in the rankings.
Singles - Second Round: (WC) Venus Williams def. (7) Jelena Jankovic 7-5 6-0
Jelena Jankovic has to find a way to stop this. She was up an early break in the first set of this, but couldn't hold serve, and by the end of the first set, she had ceased to be a factor. And she was defending semifinalist points. That means she at once falls from #17 to #20, and there is a chance she could fall still lower.
Singles - Second Round: (9) Lucie Safarova def. (Q) Mirjana Lucic 6-2 6-0
That's a real blow to Mirjana Lucic's Roland Garros hopes. It's not yet enough points to count for Lucie Safarova, but she looks almost certain to make the TOp 25 no matter what.
Singles - Second Round: (Q) Yaroslava Shvedova def. (12) Yanina Wickmayer 6-2 7-6(7-2)
Keep this up and Yaroslava Shvedova just might be able to get direct entry into Roland Garros. This will take her from #150 to probably a little above #130. Yanina Wickmayer, a quarterfinalist last year, loses some points but will probably stay #30.
Singles - Second Round: (13) Nadia Petrova def. Jill Craybas (Q) 2-6 7-6(8-6) 6-2
If green clay were still a significant surface, Jill Craybas might still be Top Hundred. Even if she couldn't win this, she certainly made it thrilling. But she merely defends her points, meaning she will remain below #130.
Singles - Second Round: (14) Polona Hercog def. Varvara Lepchenko 6-3 6-2
Maybe Polona Hercog really and truly is over her slump. She hasn't done much for her ranking yet, though.
Singles - Second Round: (17) Marina Erakovic def. Anna Tatishvili 7-5 6-3
This will almost certainly take Marina Erakovic to at least #44. And any results she earns on clay are obviously good news.
Singles - Second Round: Galina Voskoboeva def. (Q) Paula Ormaechea 6-2 6-3
Galina Voskoboeva is up to #45 or higher. It really does make you wonder where she hid all this game for so long.
Singles - Second Round: Aleksandra Wozniak def. Barbora Zahlavova Strycova 7-6(7-5) 6-2
Aleksandra Wozniak should gain three or four spots. One more win would probably take her above #55.
Singles - Second Round: (Q) Stefanie Voegele def. Lucie Hradecka 6-4 6-4
Stefanie Voegele is up to about #120.
Doubles - First Round: (1) Huber/Raymond def. Lisicki/Zvonareva 6-2 6-2
Doubles - First Round: (2) Peschke/Srebotnik def. Benesova/Zahlavova Strycova 6-3 7-5
The good news here is that Katarina Srebotnik seems finally to be coming around. But the truly interesting news is that this match reminds us that Kveta Peschke, Iveta Benesova, and Barbora Zahlavova Strycova are all Czechs. So are Andrea Hlavackova, Lucie Hradecka, and even Vladimira Uhlirova. That's six Top Thirty doubles players. So who will be on the Czech Olympic team? Especially given that Peschke is retired from singles, and Uhlirova effectively so, and all of the others are ranked higher in doubles than singles; right now, only Benesova can really be considered an effective singles player....
Doubles - First Round: (3) Mirza/Vesnina def. Petrova/Voskoboeva 6-4 6-3
Elena Vesnina just took a big hit in the singles rankings, but she is still a Top Ten doubles player....