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Porsche Tennis Grand Prix
The qualifying here is almost a Who's Who of former top players trying to get back. Anna Chakvetadze, Alize Cornet, Kateryna Bondarenko -- all in the qualifying final. Sorana Cirstea, Gisela Dulko, Agnes Szavay, Sesil Karatantcheva -- long since eliminated.
Chakvetadze and Cornet made the main draw, Cornet by beating Annika Beck 6-4 4-6 7-6. But Chakvetadze's victim was Bondarenko, and the score was 6-3 7-6.
The highest seed to make the qualifying final was #3 Iveta Benesova; she made the main draw with a 6-2 4-6 7-6 victory over Akgul Amanmuradova. #8 Greta Arn also qualified, beating Yvonne Meusburger 7-6 6-0.
So how strong is Stuttgart? Benesova, who was the #3 seed in Stuttgart qualifying, would have been about the #6 seed in the Fes main draw.
Doubles - First Round: Jans-Ignacik/Zhang def. (WC) Barthel/Malek 6-2 7-5
The singles draw here is incredible, but the doubles isn't so great -- else Jans-Ignacik/Zhang wouldn't have gotten direct entry.
Doubles - First Round: Barrois/Woehr def. (WC) Schiavone/Vinci 6-1 6-4
Roberta Vinci has a title to defend in singles this week. This may not be the best omen....