Re: Mirjana's American 2012 winter/spring swing
Ewww. I do indeed hate to say it but Gallovits comes-across like a total slut. GROSS. But, yeah. I would have loved to have seen Mirjana muscle this creature, if she had managed the pathway. Ugh. I want to wash my hands even after typing the name Gallovits. Article below:
Edina Gallovits-Hall’s run through the Dothan Pro Classic this year is setting up much like her last trip to Dothan did, when she won the tournament in 2010.
Gallovits-Hall, the highest remaining seed in the tournament at No. 2, beat No. 6 Misaki Doi 6-1, 6-3 in the quarterfinals on Friday at Westgate Tennis Center to advance to today’s semifinals.
She will face Julia Cohen, a 6-0, 6-0 winner Friday over qualifier Valeria Solovieva. The other singles semifinal match is Camila Giorgi against Lauren Davis. Giorgi survived a three-set match against Jill Craybas, while Davis defeated fourth-seeded Mirjana Lucic.
Gallovits-Hall, who is from Romania, hasn’t been back to Dothan since 2010, as she rested during last April and later battled injuries to her shoulder and elbow. The injuries sidelined her for four months. She brought a ranking of 96 in the world to Dothan.
“I’m trying to work every day to get a little bit better every day,” Gallovits-Hall said. “The opponents are better and better each round and you never know what tomorrow brings, so I’m just going to go day by day.”
She evened up the score a bit with Doi, who is from Japan. Last year, Doi got the better of Gallovits-Hall at a grass tournament in Birmingham. Dothan’s tournament is played on clay courts.
“She killed me,” Gallovits-Hall said. “She’s a really tough opponent. I played her once before and I lost. I knew I had to go out there and be aggressive. I tried to attack her backhand because that’s her weaker shot.”
This year, Gallovits-Hall had no problems in the first half. Doi, who is ranked No. 122, was down 4-3 in the second set before Gallovits-Hall finally broke serve to win the fifth game and won the match on a beautiful forehand shot at the edge of the court and way out of Doi’s reach.
“I feel like she’s playing well,” said Bryce Hall, Edina’s husband and manager. “She’s hitting the ball probably about 80 percent to where it should be. She’s close.”
Bryce and Edina have been together for eight years, and Bryce said he’s served as her coach for around five of those years, off and on. They got married in November of 2010.
Bryce Hall is Edina’s coach for the week, though. Rob Steckley is her current coach but couldn’t make it to Dothan. The two said it can be challenging to balance a professional and a personal relationship, so Bryce just now serves as her manager.
“As soon as they lose a match, most of the girls are pretty (mad),” Bryce Hall said. “With me being her then-boyfriend, she didn’t want to talk about it after a match (if she lost).”
So it works out better for both, as Bryce Hall handles her sponsorships, clothing deals, travel, among other responsibilities, and Edina Gallovits-Hall trains and plays.
“We try to separate things,” Gallovits-Hall said. “It’s better that way. You don’t want to mix business with pleasure.”
Gallovits-Hall is looking to become the first two-time winner of the Dothan Pro Classic since Milagros Sequera won in 2002 and 2005. She is now two wins away from a championship.
“I had good memories the last time I was here, so I’m going to try to hold on to them and hopefully be here on Sunday,” she said.