- MAGDALÉNA RYBÁRIKOVÁ  lt. Darya Kustova, 2-6 6-4 3-6
I must confess myself disappointed by Magda's loss to the world #163 – even allowing for the fact that it was doubtful she would even play this tournament due to an inflammation of her lymph-nodes.
Magda led *2-1 in the first set – only to lose six games in a row to trail 2-6 *0-1. She went *2-1 up in the second, then 2-4* down, but won the next four games to take the second set 6-4.
Kustova broke for *3-1 in the third; Magda broke back for *2-3, but was then broken to love – sealed with a double fault – for 2-4*. The last three games went with serve, with Magda saving one MP at *2-5 (30/40), only for Kustova at *5-3 to serve out the match to 15.
It wasn't Magda's nine double faults that really hurt her, as five of them came in the second set. I'm far more bothered by the fact that she won only 45% of her service-points overall (53% on first serve, 30% on second serve).
Almost everything has gone wrong for Magda since she lost her Birmingham title: the stomach- and back-injuries, the mysterious "administrative error" whereby the WTA didn't receive her entries for Cincinnati and Montréal, first-round losses to Aravane Rezaď at Wimbledon and the US Open, and now this.
I don't hold high hopes for the rest of the year; rather, I look forward to a healthier, luckier Magda returning to form in 2011.
Last edited by andrewbroad; Sep 23rd, 2010 at 03:05 AM.