Round 1...Ludmilla Cervanova...ranked 100ish...piece of cake?? Should be
But Iva's Fed Cup performance...
GO IVA GO! Put all that pressure of performing in front of your home crowd behind you and focus and hit those lines! You have an excellent chance of winning here and firmly entrenching yourself in the Top 30 again
Here's what the report at www.tennisnews.com had to say about Iva... seems they're pretty much spot on. It all depends whether Fed Cup was a fluke or not - hopefully it was, as by all accounts Iva was excellent in the doubles match - even at the net .
Iva Majoli, the #4 seed, is on the best roll of her post-1997 career. Her win at Charleston hardly needs mention. But she threw in a terrible clunk of a loss in Fed Cup, losing to Iveta Benesova in straight sets. That looks very much like the Majoli of the last few years: One good day, one (or two or three or ninety) bad. Majoli at her best is the best clay player in this draw. Can she play her best for five matches? Her first match won't be too bad; she'll be against Ludmila Cervanova (though Cervanova likes clay). The second round will pit her against Sandra Kleinova (who shouldn't pose much challenge) or Tatiana Poutchek (who is having a pretty good year, so she might be a problem). These are matches Majoli should win. But she's lost a lot of matches she should win, these past four years....
What a thriller! Iva takes on young Russian Vera Zvonareva in the QF. I really like Vera, she definately is a future star! She'll be out for revenge after Iva beat her 7-5 in the 3rd in Miami...should be a cracker! If Iva gets thru this she should make it through to the final as the other QF pits Mariana Diaz-Oliva (last years finalist) versus that house hold name Libuse Prusova, a Czech qualifier.
Come on Iva! Grab this opportunity!
Ed, you're right, its a shame they had to meet so early Poor Jelena must be bitterly disappointed at that loss considering she looked the goods to take it out. She is a lovely girl and Im sure we'll see more of her this year! Well done Jelena on a fine effort!
yay Iva, the 8-match winning streak (on the WTA Tour) continues
They're slightly too hard-fought for comfort though, I don't get the impression she's playing at her Charleston level... I really like Vera as well so I won't be too angry at her if she wins, but it's not something I could predict. But the winner will most likely reach the final.
If it's an Iva v Elena D final I may have to commit the ultimate Diva sin and cheer for Elena... I love her too, and she needs that first title so desperately
How high will Iva's ranking go from her results at this tourni?!?!?! She is really on fire at the moment and I know everyone in here is so proud of her and so happy!!! I'm throwing back a glass of wine in her honor right now!!! I think she is getting very close to breaking into the Top 20 again!!! Good luck Iva!!!!