Feel Good, Inc.
March 13, 2011 Leave a comment
Couldn’t find a better title for my WTA review of the day, so I chased inspiration in the pop culture, and there was Gorillaz to help me. I don’t live inside the girls’ minds (if I only did…), but I bet the title could describe very well the state of mind of some of today’s winners.
Caro is among them. The world no.1 debuted today against Sloane Stephens – a local WC who was praised by the former no.1 and current no.2 Kim Clijsters on her official Twitter feed – and dropped only 5 games, three in the first and two in the second sets. Caro, who might’ve though “you’re tomorrow, but I am today”, will now go on to play MJMS, whom she trails 0-3 in the head-to-head. And in all of the matches, Caro was already in the top-10 – one hard court loss included, to avoid the clay-court Spanish magic talk. Won’t be easy, but really, if there’s someone who can do it, this one is Wozniacki.
2nd highest seed to play today, Sam Stosur had the pleasure to send home another Spaniard – Laura Pous-Tio, native of the qualy draw – in two easy sets, dropping only four games (2 and 2). Stosur, who won her 7th match in 2011, will now play Dinara Safina, another one who must be feeling good to, even not playing the tennis that brought her to no.1 – yet – but at least made it to the third round for the first since Seoul.
Safina she got there after beating the gorgeous but inconstant as hell Daniela Hantuchova in straights, without any huge dramas. On her presser, the Russian admitted she thought about retirement, and I totally understand her. It hurts; your ranking is going downhill, and you’re not able to play decently. Why to extend the suffer, then? But her mom talked her out of this, and it’s starting to pay out. Marat’s baby sister leads Stosur in the H2H, 3-1, but she lost the last two matches. Even with Dinara – correctly – dismissing about a signature comeback run to the title, this Safina-Stosur match up is one of those famous must-watch. You just don’t want to lose it.
No need no stinkin’ service – Azarenka was never famous for his serving skills, and today was one of those matches. Playing Makarova for the second time this year, the “Vik” half of the “Vikkiri” team had a shaky start, serving at 29% (LOL) at some point of the second set, but she improved those numbers. Vika also didn’t go so well in pressure points – couldn’t save any of the two break points that she faced. However, while she got broke only twice, she forced 14 (!) break points, but Makarova saved only 9; this means Azarenka over-break her opponent in three breaks, that worth her the match, 6/4, 6/3. She plays Aggie’s little sister, Urszula (Ula sounds awful, sorry guys) in the third round.
Better by herself – She tops the rankings in doubles, but is a great singles player too. Yes, I’m talking about Flavia Pennetta, who went 1-1 today – with a win over Soviet-turned-Brit Elena Baltacha, but lost in doubles partnering Dulko. It didn’t came easy, no sir, but she pulled this anyway. In the third set decider, Bally had a one break lead at 4/2, but then it all went down – in a very known way for the girls – the train went off the track, the ship sunk, the missile hit the target, the long stick went boom, whatever you want to call it. But she lost. Better luck next time; Flavia doesn’t care at all for Baltacha’s drama and will now play #22 Kleybanova
Mama and Papa Rad must be proud – Don’t they say good things come in doubles? No? It’s in three? Whatever. Thing is both the Radwanskas are having success in this early rounds of Indian Wells. The older one, Aggie/Aga/Agnieszka, who’s 22 and a top-10, avoided a second straight opener loss to a lefty Czech by defeating Iveta Benesova in two sets, one tie-break and a 6/4 score in the 2nd, will now face MaKiri;
Urszula, the younger of the two, almost 21, born in Germany and yet to break through, went to three again, but this time easier than her match vs. Jovanovski – with all that boring choking thing and stuff, ya know – to reach the third round. Not have the stats here, but probably her best campaign at a big event, no? Anyway, will play Vika next, and even though she’s a top-10, you never know what to expect from her. So, my prediction for this match is a bold who knows?
Get well soon, Anna Chak! – For the second time this year, Anna C., former top-5 who had a huge fall, withdrew from a match due to injury. This time she didn’t faint – like in Dubai – but as it seems, the desert air makes no good for her. My friend Fernando (@quag27) said that was something on her chest, while official reports states “dizziness”. Either way, get well soon, Anna. Oh, the match, right. Maria Kirilenko won – she was one set up, but one break down.
R u disappointed already? – Li Na’s good vibe might have been lost during her flight back to China. After the outstanding Aussie swing she had, claiming 11 straight victories, a title, and her first Slam final, Li Na still haven’t found the way back to wins – lost four straight, and her win over Caro remains as the last. To be honest, Li Na – who fought against the difficulties to be a woman tennis player in China, and always dealt with injuries – was never the most constant player on the tour. She always played… well, the way she’s playing right now. But the love will remain, Na 😉
Praise the Chinese – The other one. Shuai Peng – or Peng Shuai – did it again. She compiled today over Li her 21st win of 2011, her 3rd against a top-10 player, after dispatching Schiavone (Doha) and Jankovic (Australian Open) earlier this year (she lost 2, btw). Also climbed from no.72 to no.36 in the world. We better keep an eye on her, and soon. Plays Hradecka next, and SHE WON’T CHOKE.
Long battles, mixed fortunes – Sveta (oh, I want you back in the top-10 ASAP) and Sharapova all made long battles tonight – over 2h30, but only MaSha came out with the win. She got rid of Anabel Medina in three with a 7/5 and a breadstick. Kuznetsova, on the other hand, can’t find a sequence after losing Dubai title to Wozniacki – lost her 2nd straight opener, this time to an American WC. She fell to Christina McHale in two tie-breaks, and for the first time in a while, US tennis goes to bed with a smile on its face.
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PS: I shortened it, because heard some complaints about the length of my text. How did you like it? Your feedback is VERY IMPORTANT for me.
Peter S. Liguori’s faves went 1-1 today and he is sad for Chakvetadze