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Old Oct 30th, 2012, 03:58 AM   #655
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Re: Goddess in training: Despina Papamichail

Some progress since the last update I guess...
-Lost R1 of 10K Italy (seeded 8th) 6-3 2-6 2-6 to Natalia Siedliska (POL, #895, 16 yo)
-QF of 10K Spain (seeded 8th) ; d. Mendo (ITA, #912, 19 yo) 6-3 6-0, d. (Q) Parres Azcoitia (ESP, #1053, 19 yo) 6-2 6-3, l. to (2) de la Torre-Sanchez (ESP, #348) 5-7 4-6
^Reached doubles SF with Savoretti (ITA) after winning 17-15 STB in QF . *Lost to top seeds/eventual winners in SF
-Lost R1 of 10K Spain 4-6 5-7 to Jade Suvrijn (FRA, #781, 17 yo, eventual finalist)
-Lost R2 of 10K Greece (Kalamata) as 6th seed/WC. Beat Payet (FRA, #780, 18 yo) 6-4 3-6 7-5. Lost to Czarnik (POL, NR, 18 yo, since then reached 2 10K QFs) 4-6 4-6
^Lost doubles QF with Christopoulou (GRE)
-QF at 10K Turkey. Beat (WC) Frapolli (SUI, NR) 7-5 6-0 and (4) Lehnert (GER, #453, 18 yo) 7-5 6-0 before losing to (6) E.Ianchuk (UKR, #457, 18 yo)
^Lost doubles QF with Caregaro (ITA). Beat Allgurin/O.Ianchuk in R1 before losing to (3) Fomina/Gjorcheska (eventual finalists) in QF

Despina is currently ranked 664...well, I just hope she can just keep reaching some more 10K QFs for the rest of the year. I mean what more can I ask for with the way her season went this year? I just hope she can continue to improve her ranking (albeit little by little) and then just work hard in the off-season to get back to where she was in the rankings as quickly as possible. Funny how I expected her to maybe even make the AO qualie cut-off for 2013, little did I know that her ranking would drop over 300 places without injuries, etc. Hopefully she just keeps trying because eventually it will all pay off for her

Also she's 511 in the doubles rankings, a career-high for her





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