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Singles - Quarterfinal: (5/WC) Jelena Jankovic def. Misaki Doi 6-3 6-4
Jelena Jankovic strengthens her grip on the #20 ranking, but of course this was just the start of a long day.
Singles - Quarterfinal: (Q) Melanie Oudin def. Irina Falconi 6-4 5-7 7-5
Much of this was played on Friday, but as with Jankovic, this was only the beginning.... It's too bad for Irina Falconi, who was supposed to play Eastbourne qualifying but had to pull out.
Singles - Semifinal: (5/WC) Jelena Jankovic def. (Q) Zheng Jie 6-7(2-7) 7-5 6-1
Two and a half hours Jelena Jankovic spent out there, with the final still to come. Ouch.... Ouch for Zheng Jie, too, who ends up just short of earning the #24 Wimbledon seed. Barring another withdrawal, anyway.
Singles - Semifinal: (Q) Melanie Oudin def. (8) Ekaterina Makarova 6-4 3-6 6-2
Amazing. Melanie Oudin was tired and Ekaterina Makarova rested. Makarova likes grass, too. And yet, Oudin survived all this. She leaves Makarova just barely Top Fifty. Oudin has now increased her points by more than two-thirds, and will rise from #208 to around #135. And counting. She also earned herself a Wimbledon wildcard.
The final will be played on Monday.
Doubles - Quarterfinal: Babos/Hsieh def. (3) Grandin/Uhlirova 4-6 6-2 10-7 (Match TB)
Grandin and Uhlirova were also scheduled for Eastbourne qualifying. They didn't have much chance -- after all, they're doubles specialists -- but it's a bit sad.
Doubles - Semifinal: (1) Huber/Raymond def. (4) Kops-Jones/Spears 6-4 6-1
Doubles - Semifinal: Babos/Hsieh def. Zhang/Zheng walkover
Doubles - Final: Babos/Hsieh def. (1) Huber/Raymond 7-5 6-7(2-7) 10-8 (Match TB)
Babos/Hsieh took an early lead in the match tiebreak here -- and then lost half a dozen points in a row. Then, from 8-4, they won half a dozen points in a row. Not much to say except that it was a crazy final in a crazy tournament.
It's the first WTA doubles title for Timea Babos, although she has sundry Challenger wins. Hsieh wins her first title of the year, adding a bit more to the lustre of her big comeback year. It is the first grass title of her career.
Singles - Final: (7) Alize Cornet def. (2/WC) Yanina Wickmayer 7-5 7-6(7-1)
The Great Drought is finally over. For the first time since Budapest 2008, Alize Cornet has won a title.
This truly is proving a turnaround year for her. Last year, she was just 10-17 at the WTA level. This year, she already has 13 wins, with a title and a final -- and that despite starting the year 1-5! We still wonder how she'll do away from clay, but on clay, at least, she's looking like a Top Thirty player again -- and it will show in her ranking; she will rise from #73 to around #57.
This must be a bitter disappointment for Yanina Wickmayer. Had she won this, she would have earned a Wimbledon seed -- plus, of course, her first title since Auckland 2010. As it is, we show her at #35 -- which, based on the current withdrawal list, makes her only the #1 alternate.
Doubles - Final: (4) Craybas/Goerges def. (1) Groenefeld/Martic 6-7(4-7) 6-4 11-9 (Match TB)
This just might be a career-extending result for Jill Craybas. Too bad for her the grass season is so short; it seems to have become her best surface.
It is the first WTA doubles title for Craybas since the 2008 Japan Open (with Erakovic), although she did win a couple of Challengers in that time. She had only three WTA doubles wins this year, and came in with a three match losing streak. It looks as if this will put her back in the Top Hundred. Definitely a big turnaround!
Julia Goerges didn't have the rankings problem that Craybas had -- she came in at #37 -- but she wins her first doubles title since Seoul 2010.
Urszula Radwanska may have lost at Birmingham, but she is still finding grass a very satisfactory surface. She qualified in straight sets. So did #3 Akgul Amanmuradova. But two qualifying matches here produced upsets: #8 Kirsten Flipkens beat #2 Nina Bratchikova 7-5 6-2, while Daria Gavrilova beat #5 Yulia Beygelzimer 7-6(7-4) 6-4.
Singles - First Round: (4) Flavia Pennetta def. Olga Govortsova 2-6 6-1 6-1
You can obviously see the signs that this is Flavia Pennetta's first match of the year on grass. It's not likely to matter anyway; at best, she might gain one ranking spot this week.
Singles - First Round: Anabel Medina Garrigues def. Simona Halep 7-6(7-3) 6-2
With results like these, you'd think they were playing on clay!
Singles - First Round: Kim Clijsters def. Romina Oprandi 6-7(5-7) 6-2 6-3
The rust was obvious. But Kim Clijsters survived what may prove her last event in continental Europe....
Doubles - First Round: Cibulkova/Zahlavova Strycova def. Cadantu/Dekmeijere 6-4 6-4
Interesting and odd to see Barbora Zahlavova Strycova playing with a non-Czech with the Olympics so close....