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Old Jun 18th, 2008, 09:26 PM   #31
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Re: Grand Slam debutantes

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Originally Posted by Ballbasher View Post
5 Players could be debutantes from Q:

Possible-
Dentoni (vs. Martinez Sanchez)
Dzehalevich (vs. Ondraskova)
Hrdinova (vs. Puchkova)

Unlikely-
Kulikova (vs. Rybarikova)
Iijima (vs. Fujiwara)
Not looking good. The only reason why I still think we'll have a debutante or two is because it would be too much of a coincidence for all of them to crash out.

In order of what I believe are their chances to qualify:

Dzehalevich
Ijima (?)
Hrdinova
Dentoni
Kulikova

I have no idea how Dzehalevich plays, but considering Ondraskova is a clay specialist by her own admission and played "wall" against Camerin (!) the only time I saw her back in 2006, I'd say Dzehalevich may have a decent shot.

Ijima vs Fujiwara is a coin toss, since all Japanese play pretty much the same.

Hrdinova is a towering big server who probably isn't better than her current ranking. Puchkova may DF her way to a loss against anyone, but I doubt Hrdinova has enough game even to stay on the match long enough for that.

Dentoni will either get whomped or choke.

Kulikova is up against an in-form player who was RU at Wimbledon juniors in 2006 IIRC.
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