Although Banka Koper Slovenia Open takes place in Portorož, the event will make a guest appearance in Piran!
The last day prior to the start of the qualifying tournament some of the players are to visit ancient Slovenian seaside town Piran. Namely, just renovated Tartini Square will for one afternoon turn into a tennis court where none other than Katarina Srebotnik and Dinara Safina will play against each other in order to promote the event.
The organizers will use this very special and unique occasion to film an advertisement for the upcoming tennis tournament. The advertisement will be later aired on Slovenian television programmes.
Should you wish to check the form of the No. 1 Dinara Safina or Slovenian favourite Katarina Srebotnik ahead of the Banka Koper Slovenia Open, you are kindly invited to see them performing already on Friday afternoon. The play starts at 5 pm!
This year’s Banka Koper Slovenia Open will miss to see in action the best Slovenian tennis player Katarina Srebotnik. The Velenje born Srebotnik is forced to withdraw from the event due to shoulder injury which prevents her from playing in the last months.
The injury-struck Slovenian has been off the tennis courts for the last six months of the season. Katarina reached the finals of the Banka Koper Slovenia Open in 2005 as well as in 2007. This should have been her fifth appearance in Portorož in a row while she has not missed the event since its start in 2005.
“My shoulder is still not 100% cured and fit. I have been in therapy this week abroad. I have been taking the therapies according to the advice of the specialist after some additional check-ups I did in London during the Wimbledon Championships. I hope the state of my health is getting better. I am really sorry not to be able to play in Portorož in front of the home crowds who have always been so nice to me. There are some great memories I have of this tournament especially from the years 2005 and 2007 when I played the finals and was just one step away from capturing the some much desired home title. This wish still exists,” said Katarina Srebotnik. Nevertheless, she will be in Portorož for the time of the tournament and close to her home fans.
Srebotnik will be replaced in the main draw by the first player on the tournament main draw alternate list.
Despite her injury Kata will play at the pre-tournament event taking place at the Tartini Square in Piran on Friday at 5 pm when she will be facing No. 1 seed of this year’s event Dinara Safina.
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Who knows what would've been had she had a coach like Biljana when making the transition from juniors and then playing on the main tour instead of that hag Križan. I get nauseous whenever I hear her speak (she is a tennis cocommentator) or see her around.
It's pretty safe to say that this season is over for Kata and unfortunately her career might be too. At least at the highest level she was at before the injury.
FINALLY GOOD NEWS!!!! Kata is coming back! She will play US Open! The injuries are healed and she had several serving trainings and training matches.
She said that even tho some of the media waved her goodbye she is certain about her return
She's playing doubles on US Open with the taiwann Yung Chan. And about the coach, she still hasn't got any.
Thank you Kata for coming back!! Wishing a great comeback !!!!