Re: Alexandra Dulgheru!!!
Very disappointing result for Alex but...
Karin Knapp really is a pretty decent player when everything is clicking. Obviously it's been tough for her working her way back up the rankings but remember Knapp also gave Monica a long long marathon match at Luxembourg.
On top of that Alex would hardly be the 1st player to lose in the 1st round of Bogota after having won Cali. Same thing happened to Hercog in 2010 and Yakimova in 2009. It is a notoriously difficult place to adjust to the conditions and if one is tired and hasn't been given time to aclimate this can happen.
It's a bummer because Alex needs the ranking points real bad. She took a gamble playing here rather than going for the big tournaments in the Middle East and this week at least it did not pay off. As a result, Alex needs points now even more and the pressure will only grow. I don't think we need to read too much into Alex's form based on this match but come next week in Monterrey, Alex is going to have to get some ranking points on the board, preferably 280 of them.
Last edited by Shvedbarilescu; Feb 14th, 2012 at 11:35 PM.