Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Top 4 seeds advance in Indian Wells qualies, Sorana posts a win too!

The top four seeds in the WTA qualifying draw made their way safely through their first round matches Monday at the BNP Paribas Open.

Canada’s Rebecca Marino, who reached her first WTA final last month in Memphis, led the way with a 7-5 7-5 win over German Tatjana Malek. The 20 year old will face Petra Cetkovska for a place in the main draw after the Czech advanced with a 6-4 1-6 6-1 victory over France’s Virginie Razzano.

Romanian Monica Niculescu converted on seven of 13 break points to ease past Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko 6-2 6-3 in one hour and 14 minutes, earning a match-up with German Kathrin Woerle, a 7-5 6-4 winner over Austrian Patricia Mayr-Achleitner.

Alize Cornet of France was untroubled in a 6-3 6-1 win over China’s Xinyun Han, while compatriot Mathilde Johansson worked hard to overcome American wild card Krista Hardebeck 4-6 7-5 6-3.

Two Americans stayed in the running for one of 12 main draw berths. Wild card Madison Keys defeated Japan’s Junri Namigata 6-4 6-4 and Jamie Hampton rallied past Arantxa Rus of The Netherlands 3-6 7-6(5) 6-2.

In more exciting tennis news, Sorana Cirstea won her qualifying match against Sabine Lisicki! Sorana came back from a set down to pull of a 4-6 7-6(2) 6-2. I find it intresting these two young girls, who where in the top 30, not too long ago, and playing in grand slam quarterfinals just two years ago are now playing in the qualifying of Indian Wells. These talented two young players should be seeded in the top 20, anyway Sorana will play worlds-number-429 Monica Puig to get a berth in the main draw, how could she loose? Oh wait, its Sorana.

Other players advancing were; 11th seed Tamira Paszek, 10th seed Ksenia Pervak, 9th seed Laura Pous Tio, Anastasia Pivovarova, 19th seed Kirsten Flipkens and 7th seed Shuai Zhang.


Anonymous said...

Was checking out the main draws..

I'm not very happy about Radwanska, Chakvetadze and Kirilenko being in the same section.. Seeing that I like all of them!

Clijsters draw looks mighty weak with the exception of maybe seeing Kvitova in the Semifinals.

And what would this post be without a reference to The Big Stuffed Bunny?

I would love to see Kleybanova take her out in the round of 16!

Carlos said...

Lisicki's injury really derailed her career. Now she is having a tough time coming back from it. Remember the on court confrontation Lisicki had with the Big Stuffed Bunny? BTW The Big Bunny started that incident.

I'm not sold on Sorana, some people find her relevant because of her good looks. She annoys me with her chipmonk voice.

Caps321, Kleybanova will have to face Pennetta in the third round. This could mean a tough three setter for this two, meanwhile a fresh Bunny awaits them in the round of 16. I disagree with you Caps321 I see Pennetta winning only because she is in my good graces. :P

I like Lickitongue but like Peng they have to start taking down the big names to make noise.

Anonymous said...

Just referenced my nick name text file and can't find this Lisicki character. Who might that be? What confrontation with the bunny? Share!

Carlos said...

Sabine Lisicki: She is Polish descent born in Germany, plays for Germany.

I found this clips on YouTube hope it helps.

The Big Stuffed Bunny, "I'm not invisible" haha.

Anonymous said...


Ah, so Lisicki gave her a "chest bump" and still won! Hahaha.

Emily or as Carlos likes to call me "Captain" said...

Carlos, Sorana has talent but doesn't know how and when to use, or use it consistently! I understand Lisicki had that injury, and recovery is very hard for her.

Caps321, I don't like this draw at all! Its awful :( Like you I am a fan of Radwanska and Kiri, so not too happy! Hopefully Miami will be better!

Carlos said...

Captain then you are getting into Barbara Schett territory, Martina Navratilova once said, "She is capable of beating anyone at any particular time, but not capable of winning the whole thing". Not sold on Sorana! :P Maybe is the chipmunk voice. :P

Your welcome caps321.

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