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Jan 17th, 2010, 05:29 AM
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Friday 15 January

Xinyun Han(CHN)def Ekaterina Dzehalevich(BLR) 7-5 6-2

The Belarussian was very unimpressive. She has a pusher game with no power and mainly hit the ball in the middle of the court with occasional moonballs and slices. Han has a decent lefty game, and hits quite hard from both sides, likes to use the forehand to hit winners. Her serve needs work though. Han had a slow start and made heaps of UEs and was down 3-5, but then got her game together and dominated Dzehalevich from that point on.

Ksenia Pervak(RUS)[17] def Kurumi Nara(JPN) 6-4 6-3

I was looking forward to watching this match as they are two young upcoming players but the match was rubbish and neither of them really impressed me. Nara is really short and doesn't have a good serve or power on her groundstrokes, looks like more the consistent road runner type. Pervak grunts a lot and hit a lot of double faults. I last saw vs Kimiko Date and she didn't impress me there either. She doesn't have any huge weapons and not consistent enough either.

Regina Kulikova(RUS)[2]def Ryoko Fuda(JPN)6-3 1-6 6-1

This was one of the best matches of the day, excellent quality especially considering I watched it after Pervak vs Nara. Both were playing well and hitting the ball so hard and deep and having many great rallies. They had a really long game at 3-1 in the 2nd set that lasted about 15 minutes, Fuda won that game and then Kulikova gave up the set after that. Kulikova got a neck massage and Fuda had treatment on her left ankle at the same time. In the 3rd set Fuda got off to a good start but then dropped off after that, while Kulikova became more consistent and hit many winners to win the set 6-1. Kulikova has an impressive game and can trouble many players in the main draw.

Valerie Tetreault(CAN)[21] def. Nikola Hofmanova(AUT) 6-1 3-6 6-3

I didn't see much of this. Nikola is tall and skinny and has nice clean smooth groundstrokes but she was a bit inconsistent. Tetreault was short and stocky and very consistent and quite fast.

Michaella Krajicek(NED)[18] def. Laura Robson(GBR)6-4 7-6(7)

This was also one of the best matches of the day. They were both playing really well and the match was very close. Krajicek was serving for the 2nd set but Robson played really well to break her back, and Robson also hit winners to save match points in the TB but Krajicek had too much class and was able to get it done in the end. Robson has excellent groundstrokes both forehand and backhand, but her serve is quite slow and weak, especially when compared to Krajicek.

Julia Schruff(GER)[19] def. Elena Bovina(RUS) 6-3 6-4

Bovina was just really erratic, double faulted a lot as usual, and never looked like winning. Schruff stayed consistent and was always in control.

Yanina Wickmayer(BEL)[1] def. Naomi Cavaday(GBR) 6-0 6-1

Wickmayer was really playing well, she was hitting so hard and hit many winners and didn't miss many shots at all. Cavaday was trying her best and fought hard but there wasn't much she could do.

Bojana Jovanovski(SRB)def. Lilia Osterloh(USA)[23]7-5 6-2

Jovanovski has an impressive game, she hits very hard and clean groundstrokes, and also hits good hard aggressive shots when on the run. She was too good for Osterloh and can definitely be a great player in the future.

Jan 17th, 2010, 05:44 AM
Saturday 16 January 2010

Kathrin Woerle(GER)[12] def.Bojana Jovanovski(SRB) 6-2 4-6 9-7

This was a great match with both players playing really well. Jovanovski hit with a lot of power from the baseline, and Woerle was really consistent, volleyed well to finish the points and had more variety. It was a really close match and Jovanovski called the trainer at 6-7 down when Woerle was about to serve to stay in the match. The trainer just put some tape on her right thigh, and it didn't seem to affect her play at all, as she was always moving and running well. To her credit Woerle wasn't distracted by the break and played very well when they came back. She broke and then served it out impressively with an ace on match point.

Xinyun Han(CHN)def. Anastasia Pivovarova(RUS) 7-6(4) 1-6 6-4

This was another closely fought contest. Pivovarova is tall and elegant, but without really any big weapons. The winner would be the one who kept their errors down. Han was playing well in the 3rd set and was leading 4-1 but choked badly. After 4-1 she was not hitting as hard and being less aggressive, and for some strange reason started hitting extreme slice serves instead of normal serves. When it got back to 4-4, Pivovarova failed to keep the pressure on and made more UEs, and Han steadied herself to play well again and win the match. Jie Zheng was there next to Coach Chen cheering her on.

Angelique Kerber(GER)[7] def.Michaella Krajicek(NED)[18] 7-5 3-6 6-4

I only saw a few games of this match in the 3rd set. At this stage Kerber already had the break and Krajicek failed to break back. They were playing well and Kerber looks like she is playing with her top 100 form again.

Jan 17th, 2010, 05:48 AM
Thanks for the updates...do u think han or kurumi can ever be top 50 players?

Jan 17th, 2010, 06:04 AM
Thanks for the reports :)

Jan 17th, 2010, 08:08 AM
Thanks for the updates...do u think han or kurumi can ever be top 50 players?

Maybe Han if she improves her serve and her consistency.

Jan 17th, 2010, 08:09 AM
Maybe Han if she improves her serve and her consistency.

but not kurumi? :sad:

Jan 17th, 2010, 09:42 AM
A big thanks for your reports !! :)
Ryoko :hug:

Jan 17th, 2010, 12:37 PM
Thanks for the reports! Do you think Pivovarova was playing well enough to be top 100?

Jan 17th, 2010, 12:38 PM
but not kurumi? :sad:

I have only really seen the one match from Kurumi but I think she's too small and doesn't really have the game to compete with all the power hitters of today. Top 50 is a big ask. Top 100 might be more realistic. But she could prove me wrong and I would be happy.

Jan 17th, 2010, 12:51 PM
Do you have report and photos from Michelle Larcher de Brito?

Jan 17th, 2010, 03:55 PM
Thansk for the reports
Nice that Bojana impressed you :D

Jan 17th, 2010, 05:56 PM
Thanks so much :) I love it how you post the reports year after year. :worship: It's my 4th year here and you've always posted reports and pics. :)

Jan 18th, 2010, 12:19 AM
Thanks for the reports! Do you think Pivovarova was playing well enough to be top 100?

Not based on what I saw, but you never know.

Jan 18th, 2010, 06:26 PM
can you take some photos of Dushevina or Cornet??
Thank you

Jan 31st, 2010, 03:22 AM
More pics here, ATP too: