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Tennis Fool
Jun 27th, 2010, 12:51 AM
Very surprising how well the Czechs did at Wimbledon and elsewhere:


Wimbledon
Petra Kvitova: Never won a match at Wimbledon prior, now in the Rd. of 16. Knocked off #23 seed, former Wimbledon semifinalist Jie Zheng, #14 seed and former Wimbledon quarterfinalist Vika Azarenka. Projected Top 50 after Wimbledon.

Klara Zakopalova: Won one match at Wimbledon prior, in 2004, now in the Rd of 16. Took out #18 seed Aravane Rezai, and #10 seed Flavia Pennetta, knocking her out of WTA Top 10. Projected Top 50 after Wimbledon.

Barbie S-Z: Reached the 3rd Rd, matching her best performance at a Slam, which came at Wimbledon in 2008. Took out former #24 seed and former Wimbledon quarterfinalist Dani Hantuchova in the 2nd round. Now projected rank of #52 (career high) after Wimbledon. Although knocked out of singles by Masha Sharapova, Barbie is still in doubles with Iveta Benesova as the #12 seeds.

Andrea Hlavackova: Qualified into her first Slam main draw at Wimbledon and won her first Slam match by taking advantage of her amazing draw: two Brits in qualifying, then WC and Wimbledon junior champ Noppawan Lertcheewakarn in the first round. Projected new career high ranking of #113.

Elsewhere

Petra Cetkovska: Petra, who was Top 50 two years ago, but has since fallen to #245 :o , started to make tiny steps to a comeback by winning the 25K Perigueux, France on clay, knocking off the #3, #4, #5 seeds. Hope to see her back at US Open qualifying.

zhengjie_lina
Jun 27th, 2010, 01:21 AM
it makes me think of nicole...
she used to do well here too ....

Tennis Fool
Jun 27th, 2010, 01:40 AM
^ Don't worry, Nicole will be back... Even Klara and Barbie experienced career tailspins due to men ;)

zhengjie_lina
Jun 27th, 2010, 01:55 AM
^ hope next year?
nicole just temporarily retired??

Tennis Fool
Jun 27th, 2010, 01:56 AM
^ I'm not conviced she's gone for good.

delicatecutter
Jun 27th, 2010, 01:59 AM
Nice to hear about Cetkovska!

robbie12
Jun 27th, 2010, 10:34 AM
Said on the wimby site it was the first time since 1997 that three Czechs were in the last 16 - Novotna (RU), Chladkova (QF) and Sukova (4R)

Tennis Fool
Jun 29th, 2010, 11:45 PM
... and into the next week. Go So-So Girl :woohoo:

Martian Jeza
Jun 29th, 2010, 11:55 PM
Wish Lucie Safarova could get some results back again because the last weeks it was pretty disappointing.