It's been a very dissapointing year for the WTA Russian women. No one can deny that. But I hope the turnaround starts in Sarasota.
Janie, I hope you are attending this tournament and file daily reports for us.
Happiness is like a cat. If you try to coax it or call it, it will avoid you. It will never come. But if you pay no attention to it and go about your business, you'll find it rubbing up against your legs and jumping into your lap. - William Bennett
No, cat, I would love to attend, but I am stuck here in Pennsylvania.
Okay! So far we've got:
NASTYA: a bravura performance, losing only 3 games! Great start!
ELENA D: fought back well after a rough start against the slice-meister and won the 3rd set 6-1. Good heart!
IRI: Strong performance agaisnt tough and steady opponent.
LINA: Fought hard, but I believe simply ran out of steam in the 3rd. Too tough qualy schedule thanks to rain. But, something to work on! At least she qualified.
TATIANA: Poor Tatiana, there'll be no repeat of last year. No answers today for a strong Iri, see above.
dementieva has the game if she gets things right but isn't consistent so don't count her out. she does play pierce in the second round who basically brushed aside bartoli who has been in great form. if she gets past pierce then she is a threat but i think it will be hard to get past pierce.
NADYA: Kept her cool and won decisively over experienced Elena L. She seems to have found her game this week ... hope she can keep this up and get her ranking moving! Very much alive in the doubles as well, with regular partner Jelena.
ELENA L: Oh well!
LINA and ELENA D: Disappointingly ousted in first round of doubles by low-ranked Bartoli/Dominikovic team.
Tomorrow, things get interesting ... please let's get somebody into these semis!!!