Iva has Bianka Lamade in round 1...Lamade is a very good claycourter but is not playing so great at the moment so I will be quite surprised if Iva loses...that being said, Amanda Coetzer lurks and Jelena Dokic is a potential 3rd round opponent.
Anyway, true to my form I refuse to make any bold assumptions, I just hope Iva cuts loose and shows them that the win against Amanda was no *one time deal*...I expect Iva to be back soon anyway
I didn't look beyond round 2... Lamade is definitely beatable, I'm pretty confident Iva will go through. I'm actually surprised that Lamade has had her best results on clay, I saw her at Wimbledon last year against Dementieva and she's got really nice volleys. Not that powerful though and absolutely no mental focus. And I expect it'll be Coetzer in round 2 - Coetzer's in bad form but so is her opponent, Marie-Gaiane Mikaelian. So there'll hopefully be a repeat of last week's victory!
I think Iva should have played Budapest instead, because a title there would've done wonders for her confidence, as well as give her some points. However, I am very happy with her draw here and I think she can do some damage.
Lamande didn't retire. Sanex site is correct. Never trust the FFC site, at least not this year. It's terrible how many mistakes there are. There's a couple of other matches that reportedly ended with a 5 something set. All actually ogt to 6... Stupid
byw, MGM doll is ready, but I'm out of ideas! what should I do with it? nasty, of course, but what...
Well no rest for Iva! She's playing again on Tuesday...GO IVA!
She really shouldnt lose this match, but up and coming stars usually give it their all in these big events, so this is a very dangerous match.
Mikaelian is very powerful but she is quite a big girl (no offence)...I saw her play (and lose) to Maggie Maleeva in Melbourne this year and she seemed to lose a lot of steam as the rallies got longer and the match wore on...obviously she outlasted the very dogged Francesca, so her fitness is up to scratch, but hopefully she might still be feeling the effects