I wonder what happened there. She hasn't withdrawn from the list so I don't think it's because of that injury... Some of our other girls got wild-cards though, and those don't seem nearly as good as Silvia
She'll play Zanevska in R1 - same age as Silvia but ranked much better (just a spot short of her c-h ranking of 288), and in the qualies here she was winning easily against girls ranked around #300. Last season she finished ranked in the low 700's, this season in the low 200's, so she's obviously having a great year. Not sure I like Silvia's chances here, but I hope I'm wrong.
Just as I thought, unfortunately:
(Q)Maryna Zanevska def. (wc)Silvia Njiric 6:2, 6:1
I guess we'll have to write this one down to learning experience as well... Regardless, this was still a nice season for Silvia, hope she continues down this journey at least equally successful in 2011.
A wonderful year for Silvia in the end, ended '09 at #904 and finished this season at #591
She's one of just a few Croats that have I'd say made significant ranking improvements in 2010. The others are...
Banovec (from unranked to #550)
Tinjic (from #608 to #381)
Pandzic (from #1067 to #279)
Tomljanovic (from #353 to #157)
and Lucic (from #288 to #105).
Vrljic also had quite a nice year by her standards (finished some 70 spots higher than in '09), but others either fell or stagnated, so well done Silvia and keep up the good work in 2011!
Lost in three It's not a disaster, cause it's her first tournament of the year, but it was not a nice score (6:0, 4:6, 6:1) considering that Eric is not that much higher ranked and only a year older. I would hope for more than just one competitive set against a player like this.
Silvia will stay in Germany for another week and another 10k, and then maybe play another one in France on the week of 28th. Let's hope for some better stuff in the weeks to come.