PYW Eastbourne - Second Qualifying Round - Vote now !
Welcome for the second week of grass tennis this year. Eastbourne is the larger of the two events held this week and even the qualifying event provides us with many top PYW players. It will be interesting to see who can battle their way through to the main draw.
With 4 seeds still standing and 3 British players, PYW Eastbourne still has something to show to it’s public: interesting match-ups.
1st quarter: Evgenia Linetskaya RUS  vs Jane O'Donoghue GBR [WC]
Linetskaya has proven to be a real PYW champion: currently just a few places outside the top 10, she already has a Grand Slam final behind her name and she has gathered 2 PYW titles, including last week’s Birmingham title. Her competitor has not much to show when you look at results. But as one of the many British wildcards this event, she’ll have the crowd supporting her to break Linetskaya 7-match winning streak.
2nd quarter: Tatiana Perebiynis UKR vs Akiko Morigami JPN 
Another match-up with a clear favourite is the one between the Ukraine starlet Tatiana Perebiynis and 7th seed Akiko Morigami, countrywomen of successful PYW players Sugiyama and Asagoe. Perebiynis comes into this match with a 4-1 win loss record on grass this year, with only a loss to Vaidisova at Birmingham last week in the quarters. Not so impressive you might say? Maybe not, but Morigami’s is 0-1: she lost her only grass court match to Amanda Janes, unranked at that time…
3rd quarter: Marlene Weingärtner GER vs Anne Keothavong GBR [WC]
The most interesting match-up in the third quarter, according to the organisers is the one between the #72 in the world Marlene Weingärtner and the unranked wildcard player Anne Keothavong from Great Britain. A piece of cake for the German player? Don’t get your hopes up. Although Anne hasn’t got a ranking (yet!), she sure has earned herself quite some points last week: after defeating Laura Granville, she dismissed Australian tennis darling Alicia Molik in 3 gruelling sets. And Marlene Weingärtner, well, she defeated 3rd seed Lisa Raymond in the previous round, so she’ll probably be high in confidence.
4th quarter: Tamarine Tanasugarn THA vs Anne Kremer LUX
This match at the bottom of the draw features two highly inconsistent players. Tamarine Tanasugarn has had a terrific start to her PYW career. The Thai player never lost a first round match in the fall of 2004 and was ranked top 20 once, but times changed. Now she loses to players she would have won from 6 months earlier. Same story for Anne Kremer: after a decent beginning of 2005, she’s almost a shadow now. This being said, Tanasugarn goes into this match as the favourite, because, unlike Kremer, she was able to win more than one match on the British grass last week.
So let’s see if the predicted match-ups will be as interesting as portrayed and there’s only one way to find out: VOTE!
Second Qualifying Round:
Evgenia Linetskaya RUS  vs Jane O'Donoghue GBR [WC]
Alyona Bondarenko UKR vs Eleni Daniilidou GRE
Anna Chakvetadze RUS  vs Kristina Brandi PUR
Tatiana Perebiynis UKR vs Akiko Morigami JPN 
Marlene Weingärtner GER vs Anne Keothavong GBR [WC]
Yoon-Jeong Cho KOR vs Katie O'Brien GBR [WC]
Vera Douchevina RUS  vs Tatiana Panova RUS
Tamarine Tanasugarn THA vs Anne Kremer LUX
I know I've been a liar
And I know I've been a fool
I hope we didn't break it
But I'm glad we broke the rules
My cave is deep now
Yet your light is shining through
I cover my eyes
Still all I see is you
Last edited by Geoffry; Jun 11th, 2005 at 06:34 PM.