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I honestly didn't see that one coming, not even in three, cause Werner does have a c-h in the low 200's and is 8 years older than Dijana, so kudos for this! Now she set herself up nicely for a chance to qualify, but it could be a tough one.

Ginier and Dijana are the same age, but have never played an official match, not even in juniors. Neither had some spectacular junior career, but are obviously making their way nicely to the pro circuit. Ginier is in a solid form lately, she reached QR3 of another 100k back in April, where she beat Laurendon and lost to Savinykh (no shame there). She played well in two of our 10k's (semis of Bol, finals of Sibenik from qualies), and she also had some nice individual wins this year, like those against Laine and Pochabova.

So it'll be a tough job for Dijana. It'll also be a tough job for her in doubles, for which she got a wild-card, where she and Piquion will face the top seeds, Begu and Bratchikova in R1.

Good luck Dijana!
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Ginier is in a solid form lately, she reached QR3 of another 100k back in April, where she beat Laurendon and lost to Savinykh (no shame there). She played well in two of our 10k's (semis of Bol, finals of Sibenik from qualies), and she also had some nice individual wins this year, like those against Laine and Pochabova.

So it'll be a tough job for Dijana.
Good news:
$100K Marseille, FQR: Dijana BANOVEC (CRO) defeated Jessica GINIER (FRA) 6-2 6-3

And even better news:
$100K Marseille, R1: Dijana BANOVEC (CRO) defeated Victoria LARRIERE (FRA) 6-7(4) 6-2 6-4

That's 24 big points for Dijana (6 from qualies, 18 for the MD win). In one tournament she just about doubles her current points total of 25
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Wow, this is amazing That's called taking all your chances!!!

So she not only beat a solid newcomer very convincingly to qualify, but she also got lucky with the draw and managed to win against a player who is close to her best ranking, in the mid 300's. Great job!

Next she'll play the 8th seed Minella, and it would really be too much to expect anything here. I mean, Minella almost qualified for the French - she beat U. Radwanska and Linette, but then lost to Daniilidou. She's a regular top150 player. But if nothing else, it'll be a great learning experience for Dijana.

But before that, next up, doubles!
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Wow, this is amazing That's called taking all your chances!!!

Next she'll play the 8th seed Minella, and it would really be too much to expect anything here. I mean, Minella almost qualified for the French - she beat U. Radwanska and Linette, but then lost to Daniilidou. She's a regular top150 player. But if nothing else, it'll be a great learning experience for Dijana.

Would you believe: Dijana BANOVEC (CRO) defeated Mandy MINELLA (LUX) (8) 6-4 6-2

What's more, Dijana was the only non-seed to make it into the quarters.

With this, she will move up to a new CH of 505-510, up from her current 745. That's a huge jump in just one tournament.
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Okkaaayyyy THIS . IS . HUGE!!!!!

First she doesn't do anything all year and then she comes here and makes the win of her life! Wow, congratulations Dijana

The points are nice, but what's even more important here is that she proved to herself just how much she can. She took out a girl who often plays at slams and is a common name on the WTA tour. OK, this might not have been the best day for Minella, but still. So far, Dijana's single biggest win came against a girl ranked in the low 300's, back in '09, which really shows how big this is for her.

Next up is Pivovarova, the top seed, a girl who is usually ranked around #100 (currently a bit lower than that). A huge challenge, and Dijana should definately enter this with no pressure and no expectations. Just get out there and do her very best, and see where it takes her. Who knows, maybe the luck will be on her side again

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(1)Anastasia Pivovarova (RUS) d. (Q)Dijana Banovec (CRO) 62 26 61

Great week, even won set against first seed!
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FANTASTIC WEEK!
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Yeah, this was really great week!
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Well done Dijana! What a tournament!
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A nice day for Dijana - in the latest rankings she moves up from 745 to 506 in singles, and is also ranked again in doubles, even at only #1207.

Well done!
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^ Huge move up, new CH ranking and almost top 500! Well done, Dijana!
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Dijana qualified for $25K Stuttgart-Vaihingen:

QR1: Dijana BANOVEC (CRO) (2) defeated Abbie PAHZ (USA) 6-0 6-1
QFR: Dijana BANOVEC (CRO) (2) defeated Zsofia MIKO (HUN) 6-1 6-4

In R1 she plays Eva Hrdinova (371, CH 168). Good luck, Dijana!
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Nice news, not an easy draw in R1, that's for sure.

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New CH ranking for Dijana: #486, up from 504. Welcome to the top 500!

She has cut her ranking by more than 250 spots since last month. Well done--and keep going!
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