If she doesn't withdraw..Irena decided to start the season in the Unites states competing in 2 challengers beginning o nthe 7th of january
-$25K Tampa Bay directly entrance in the MD
-$25 K Surprise where she's 8th seed in the QD. Maybe a little bit far to get into the MD within 2 weeks.
Irena finished the year at n°260 with a career high at n°255 (October 8, 2007)
I hope Irena will level up her consistency this year. She proved in 2007 that she was able to bit Top 200 players, she won her 1rst $25K challenger In Australia...but sh also had some unacceptable loss considering her talent.
She also performed strong resistance vs current TOP 100 players:
Yung Jan Chan (69): losing 1/6 6/3 6/4
Kateryna Bondarenko (39): losing 3/6 6/3 6/4
Casey Dellacqua (106): losing 6/2 1/6 6/2
But also desapointing loss:
Susanna Lingman (671):6/4 5/7 6/1
Neuza Silva (442):7/6 6/4 (even if Neuza had a great year finishing n°206)
Chanelle Scheepers (370): 4/6 6/0 6/4 (same as Neuza, great year for Chanelle who came back to the Top 200 at n°192)
Anasatasia Sevastova (391): 6/4 6/2 (n°254 at the 2007 YED ranking)
Stanislava Hrosenska (302): 2/6 6/4 6/1 (n°244 at the 2007 YED ranking)
Hanna Noonni (474):7/5 6/4
Stefania Boffa (399):6/4 3/6 6/2
Pretty nice summary! Yeah this is the kind of losses Irena shouldn't be ashamred of, she gave Sesil a nice resistance so that's already convincing . As you said, GB has always been a place of success for Irena, now she has even some time to adapt herself to the time change. Hope she can be in form to keep this good results coming .
Anyway I think Irena will have this WC in RG since Parmentier, Cornet & Pin will be for sure in MD.
**** KRISTINA MLADENOVIC Future Star ****
Supporting Marion Bartoli - Aga Radwańska - Aravane Rezaï - Laura Robson - Caroline Garcia !!!
Andrea Hlavackova (250) beat Irena PAVLOVIC (247): 1/6 7/6 6/1
... What an occasion missed for Irena...she was so close tuo finish the match in 2 sets!
Losing the 2nd set in a tie break when you've won so easely the 1rst...most of the time it signes the match ending. Irena may have been unable to control her nerves!!
That's really bad, because the draw was completely open with (Q)Elliot in SF and (Q)Larsson in final
With a victory in Sutton, she would have added 25 points instead of 7 points! which would have mean a n°205/210 ranking...instead of n°225
However, she'll have to forget that missing oppportunity and regroup for next week Stockholm $25K where she may have to play the qualies...she's 4 places behind to get into the MD...today