Tennis News Wire -
Barcelona Ladies Open
Singles - First Round: Olga Govortsova def. (1/WC) Francesca Schiavone 6-4 6-3
Olga Govortsova is a pretty good player on her good days, but this still looks like an appearance fee score.... Francesca Schiavone loses another chance to rise above #12.
Singles - First Round: (2) Julia Goerges def. (Q) Aravane Rezai 6-4 6-0
Aravane Rezai will remain far below the Top Hundred.
Singles - First Round: (3) Dominika Cibulkova def. Iryna Bremond 6-0 6-3
The scores on this day perhaps reveal how weak this event is. Note that the #2, #3, and #5 seeds all scored bagels.
Singles - First Round: (5/WC) Flavia Pennetta def. Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino 6-0 6-4
We had thought that this match, at least, might prove interesting, given that Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino had a title earlier this year. But she will remain below #120.
Singles - First Round: Klara Zakopalova def. (Q) Laura Thorpe 6-3 6-4
No points yet for Klara Zakopalova, but her Top Fifty spot looks fairly safe.
Singles - First Round: Carla Suarez Navarro def. (Q) Annalisa Bona 6-3 6-1
Annalisa Bona is #240, so even qualifying points are worth something for her. But not much, because she had points to defend.
Singles - First Round: Laura Pous-Tio def. Barbora Zahlavova Strycova 6-1 6-2
Barbora Zahlavova Strycova will remain around #60.
Singles - First Round: (Q) Yuliya Beygelzimer def. Alexandra Cadantu 6-3 7-6(7-4)
Frankly, we thought Alexandra Cadantu was one of the better unseeded players here. Instead, she's out to an opponent ranked below #200 -- although this will move Yuliya Beygelzimer above that mark.
Singles - First Round: (LL) Estrella Cabeza Candela def. Nina Bratchikova 6-2 7-5
This will knock Nina Bratchikova out of the Top Hundred.
Singles - First Round: Lourdes Dominguez Lino def. Silvia Soler-Espinosa 6-1 6-2
It's hard to believe that this is an upset, but it is -- a fairly substantial one. Silvia Soler Espinosa would have been closing in on the Top Sixty had she won this.
Doubles - First Round: (1) Errani/Vinci def. Kustova/Savchuk 6-0 6-3
Doubles - First Round: Jugic-Salkic/Klemenschits def. (2) Llagostera Vives/Parra Santonja 7-6(9-7) 6-3
Doubles - First Round: Halep/Husarova def. Arruabarrena-Vecino/Stephens 5-7 6-2 10-3 (Match TB)