Yulia through to the MD of US Open after three great wins in the qually draw, 6-1 6-2 vs Chan R1, 6-3 7-5 vs young Us star R2 then 6-4 1-6 6-4 vs Bachmann R3. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!
Safina in R1, the no 12 seed................................. tuesday. GO YULIA...........................
Expected really - a friend saw the match and said that Dinara was playing really well. Yulia was nervous to start but the second set was full of good tennis and close.
Yulia could have done with a nicer draw - a couple of wins would put her well into the eighties. Still she is Top 100 now and lets hope she can build on that this Autumn to ensure automatic qualification for the Oz in Jan. Then she will start to move up.
Good Luck in the dubbs with Vera Dushevina - nice pair up.
Yulia and Vera 4 vs Maria and Ana 5 - on serve, 15-0 to Yulia and Vera. GO GIRLS!!
The match will be continued Sunday.
Yulia is entered in a £50 k tournament (second highest rank) starting Sept 4, but obviously will not be playing that now. Seems to be her tactic - play the richer ITF tournaments to get her ranking high enough in the 100 to avoid Grand Slam qualies, and then to start 2007 as a main tour player on a regular basis. Really think with some luck in the draws she could be Top 50-60 by the French Open next year.