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Monday Women's Tennis Summary
Singles - Final: (Q) Melanie Oudin def. (5) Jelena Jankovic 6-4 6-2
The first set of this was really tough and lasted almost an hour. After that -- piffle.
But what a week for Melanie Oudin! She almost exactly doubles her points -- and that after increasing them by about 40% the week before! #269 before Roland Garros, #208 entering Birmingham, she rises to #122. Given her current form, she seems almost certain to return to the Top Hundred before the U. S. Open. Especially since her heroics earned her a Wimbledon wildcard.
To top it all off, she picks up her first career title.
Jelena Jankovic put herself back in the Top Twenty, but she once shows little sign of breaking her funk. It would be no surprise if she falls back out after Wimbledon. Oudin seems to have found her game again. Can Jankovic?
Given her history, it looks as if Mirjana Lucic's year is just about over. The clay season is past, and now she's pretty well done with grass. She had to withdraw from her qualifying final against Elena Vesnina due to illness -- which presumably will mess her up for Wimbledon also. And she isn't likely to do much on the other surfaces.
#4 seed Vesnina was the only qualifying seed to qualify, although it appears #7 Andrea Hlavackova will make it as a Lucky Loser after falling 7-6 7-5 to Stephanie Dubois. (There is a Lucky Loser spot open due to the withdrawal of Ana Ivanovic.) Also qualifying were Laura Robson and Greta Arn.
Singles - First Round: (8) Daniela Hantuchova def. (WC) Anne Keothavong 6-2 6-3
Daniela Hantuchova missed most of the clay season, and had a tough return to action at Birmingham. This is much more promising.
Singles - First Round: Chanelle Scheepers def. Mona Barthel 6-1 4-6 6-1
Mona Barthel continues to struggle to match her results at the start of the year; she will again fall short of the Top Thirty.
Singles - First Round: Aleksandra Wozniak def. Galina Voskoboeva 6-3 4-6 7-6(7-5)
Because of the delayed rankings, we aren't making rankings estimates today, but it looks as if Aleksandra Wozniak is getting close to the Top Fifty.
Singles - First Round: Tamira Paszek def. Marina Erakovic 7-5 6-1
Rather a surprise on grass, although we would have expected it on clay.
Doubles - First Round: (2) Peschke/Srebotnik def. Hlavackova/Voskoboeva 7-5 6-3
Slowly, slowly, Peschke/Srebotnik are getting their form back. They have one more week before they have to start defending their Wimbledon title....
Doubles - First Round: Robson/Watson def. Pavlyuchenkova/Safarova 6-2 6-3
Singles - First Round: (Q) Kirsten Flipkens def. (1) Samantha Stosur 7-6(9-7) 6-3
Samantha Stosur is a big server and she's Australian. She should love grass, right? Somehow, it never seems to work that way. This won't hurt her ranking, but surely this isn't how she wanted her Wimbledon preparations to succeed.
Singles - First Round: Kateryna Bondarenko def. (2) Sara Errani 5-7 6-3 6-4
When Sara Errani made the Roland Garros final, we wondered how she would perform away from clay. Guess we have a (rather discouraging) answer.
Singles - First Round: (3) Dominika Cibulkova def. Alexandra Cadantu 6-2 6-2
Earlier this year, we had a whole bunch of young players who seemed to be going places. Babos, Barthel, Begu -- they all seemed to be near the start of the alphabet, too. Looks like Alexandra Cadantu is another member of that list.
Singles - First Round: Francesca Schiavone def. (5) Maria Kirilenko 6-4 3-6 7-5
Could it be that seeing Maria Kirilenko seeded ahead of her finally brought Francesca Schiavone to life? These points won't make any difference, but this is the first positive sign for Schiavone in quite a while.
Singles - First Round: (6) Roberta Vinci def. Eleni Daniilidou 6-3 7-5
Roberta Vinci's ranking fell when 's-Hertogenbosch 2011 came off last week, but now she can earn free points here to start rebuilding....
Singles - First Round: (8) Nadia Petrova def. (WC) Kiki Bertens 6-2 6-4
Kiki Bertens won her first title earlier this year, but it wasn't on grass....
Singles - First Round: Monica Niculescu def. Barbora Zahlavova Strycova 7-6(8-6) 6-3
Barbora Zahlavova Strycova appears to have fallen just short of earning Olympic singles entry. Perhaps just as well, given her grass result here....
Singles - First Round: Shahar Peer def. (Q) Akgul Amanmuradova 6-2 6-4
This being grass, you'd think Akgul Amanmuradova could have earned a better result just because of her serve. But she had only one ace....
Singles - First Round: Irina-Camelia Begu def. Iveta Benesova 6-4 6-1
One more win would likely take Irina-Camelia Begu into the Top Sixty.
Singles - First Round: (Q) Urszula Radwanska def. Ksenia Pervak 4-6 6-1 6-4
It is looking quite possible that Urszula Radwanska is going to lead the WTA in grass wins this year -- she had five at Nottingham, two at Birmingham, a couple in qualifying here, and now this....
Singles - First Round: (WC) Arantxa Rus def. Pauline Parmentier 6-3 6-4
Pauline Parmentier really does not seem to like grass -- she skipped Birmingham last week (where she might have been seeded) to play a clay Challenger.
Doubles - First Round: (1) Errani/Vinci def. Daniilidou/Fujiwara 6-1 6-2
At least Sara Errani's grass problems don't extend to doubles. With the Olympics coming up, that could be a big deal....
Doubles - First Round: (3) Medina Garrigues/Parra Santonja def. Amanmuradova/Bratchikova 7-6(7-1) 6-0
Doubles - First Round: (4) Begu/Niculescu def. Bondarenko/Peer 6-3 6-3
Doubles - First Round: Klepac/Rodionova def. (WC) de Vroome/Schuurs 6-2 2-6 10-5 (Match TB)