Re: GMT Magazine - March 2009 Edition
Summing up IW/Miami 2009
The GMT goes to the US, as The 2009 GMT Indian Wells/Miami got underway last March. With 18 singles competitors in the field, surprises are awaiting all competitors for the third competition of this year's season.
The first day started with Singles Qualification matches, with ArturoAce. taking on louisa., and ОДРИ battling TheArena. The first qualification match had louisa. beating ArturoAce. in 3 sets, while TheArena beats ОДРИ in two straight sets.
Favorite for Qualifying Rounds: ArturoAce.'s banner
Main draw action started the next day, with all seeds going through tough battles, and not all the seeds advanced to the next round. First seed Poiree led the advancing seeds, by crushing Gigi., 6-0, 6-0. Following her was Droolv., who won Dubai earlier, with a straight sets win over qualifier louisa., 6-4, 6-2; and Andreas, who was put to work by Medina, 1-6, 6-2, 6-2. Niya, seeded third, wasn't lucky, as she was defeated by doubles partner heart in straight sets, 6-2, 6-0. In other results, kai. def. TheArena in straight sets, Kiridina def. Patchavong in three, M17 defeats Sexysova in two, and pka_liloo gets a W/O from Bartosh, who unfortunately got an injury coming into the tournament.
heart's Free: Favorite for Round 1
The Quarterfinals had it's fair share of lopsided matches and tough, long battles. Leading the way for the three seeds were Poiree, who defeated kai., 6-1, 6-3, and Droolv., who overcame M17., 6-4, 6-1. Unfortunately, Andreas, seeded fourth, couldn't advance, as he is stunned by pka_liloo, 4-6, 6-0, 6-3. In other matches, heart overcame a tough challenge from Kiridina, and won, 6-0, 1-6, 6-3.
heart's Free: Favorite for Quarterfinals and for the whole tournament
The semi-finals started with Poiree taking on surprise semi-finalist pka_liloo, followed by darkhorse heart and Droolv.'s match. Poiree defeated pka_liloo, 6-1, 6-2, and goes to her third straight final of the year. She comes as the favorite in the championships, having won all her matches without dropping a set. Droolv. however, couldn't capitalize on his seeding, and is defeated by heart, 6-4, 6-1. heart is through to her second final of the year, and she will have a chance to redeem herself from the Australian Open Final defeat Poiree handed her last January.
Poiree's Free: Favorite for Semi-Finals
Unfortunately, the finals match was a walk-over, and heart was declared the winner of GMT Indian Wells/Miami 2009, after Poiree withdrew from personal reasons. Heart wins her first tournament of the season, and of her career, while Poiree is now 1-2 from all finals of this season.
The next tournament will be in Copenhagen, Denmark, for the 2009 GMT Fed Cup, managed by Andreas. Personal rivalries will be put aside for the Fed Cup's team competition, which starts April 8th.
Azarenka / Konjuh / Svitolina
Last edited by Andreas; Apr 10th, 2009 at 12:11 AM.