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Budapest Grand Prix
Singles - First Round: (1) Sara Errani def. Mandy Minella 6-1 6-1
A nice match for Sara Errani, but it's the usual story for her: She needs a semifinal to add any points.
Singles - First Round: (2) Ksenia Pervak def. Vera Dushevina 6-1 5-7 7-6(8-6)
A tough start for Ksenia Pervak, considering that she needs a final to move in the rankings.
Singles - First Round: Alberta Brianti def. (8) Irina-Camelia Begu 6-4 5-7 6-3
Is Irina-Camelia Begu turning into one of those players who can't make the Top Fifty? It's starting to look like it; she will remain around #55.
Singles - First Round: Barbora Zahlavova Strycova def. (Q) Jasmina Tinjic 1-6 6-3 retired (Difficulty Breathing)
This very nearly guarantees that Barbora Zahlavova Strycova will rise above #60.
Singles - First Round: Alexandra Cadantu def. Magdalena Rybarikova 6-2 6-1
Alexandra Cadantu has a big enough sixteenth event score that this doesn't help her much -- but any additional wins could give her a substantial boost.
Singles - First Round: (Q) Akgul Amanmuradova def. Michaella Krajicek 6-3 3-6 7-6(8-6)
Historically, Akgul Amanmuradova hasn't liked clay much -- understandable, given that her one real weapon is her serve. But she seems to have adapted this year -- maybe it gives her more time to cover her weak backhand. One more win would probably make her Top Hundred.
Singles - First Round: (Q) Melinda Czink def. (Q) Mervana Jugic-Salkic 6-7(3-7) 6-0 6-3
Melinda Czink still needs one more win to defend her points -- a fairly significant need, given that she is down to #118.
Singles - First Round: Hsieh Su-Wei def. Timea Babos 6-7(4-7) 6-4 6-1
Hsieh Su-Wei's comeback continues to gather momentum. This is pretty amazing, considering the surface and the fact that Timea Babos is Hungarian.
Doubles - First Round: (1) Grandin/Uhlirova def. Jeflea/Lefevre 6-1 6-3
Doubles - First Round: (2) Erakovic/Vesnina def. Czink/Jani 6-1 6-4
Doubles - First Round: (4) Chan/Fujiwara def. (WC) Arn/Babos walkover (Arn: Neck Injury)
Greta Arn came apart in singles on Monday, but finished her match. Guess we now know what the problem was....
Doubles - First Round: Dekmeijere/Kondratieva def. Hrdinova/Keothavong 6-2 6-3