Claudine Schaul lost to Magdalena Maleeva with 6:7(4) 6:7(9) in first round of Open Gaz de France after showing a great fighting spirit.
In the first set Luxembourg's Claudine Schaul broke Magdalena Maleeva from Bulgaria to the beginning and hold this break until 4:3 than she got broken too
and both players hold their serve game to the tiebreak which was won by Maleeva with 7:4!
The second set began very bad for Claudine who seemed to be mentally down after the narrow lost of the first set and got immediately broken in the first game although she was leading 40:0 (
). This pushed Maleeva who realized another break leading now 4:1 in the second.
But Claudine Schaul found back to her game played her best tennis and realized what certainly nobody of the spectators or the live supporters on the internet (like me
) expected; 4 games in a row and the lead of 5:4. She leads 30:15 in the serve game of the Bulgarian but unfortunately lost a long rally which she had dominated by a stupid unforced error and unfortunately Maleeva egalized to 5:5.
Soon there was the second tie brek in this match and Maleeva had the better start leading 5:3 but Claudine fighted to 5:5 saved three setballs in this tiebreak and finally had a deserved set ball by 7:6 but she wasted this big chance and so lost this match with 9:11 in a thrilling match with a very unhappy looser Claudine Schaul who certainly would have had a chance to win the match if she had made advantage of her set ball.
She showed to her fans that she is back after months of poor results and will realize more than one suprise this year.
Mandy Minella had very bad luck in her first maindraw match against Anna Lena Groenefeld to meet the second seed because there was another meeting between two qualifiers and with a possible victory in a Tier IV maindraw her dream to get a place in a qualification of a Grand Slam would have come nearer. She lost 3:6 4:6 to the upcoming German which is an acceptable result.
PS: Next week Claudine Schaul and Anne Kremer will play the qualification to Antwerp in which Claudine is the second seed and thus there is a slight hope that she gets in a maindraw if some players withdraw. With a good quali draw Anne Kremer will certainly win her first match this year and qualify for this important event in the neighbour country.
Good luck Claudine, Anne and Mandy for the future!