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Old Jun 14th, 2010, 01:35 AM   #856
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Magda was once more pathetic today... lost 6-7 6-4 2-6 to Q.
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Birmingham 2010: Andrew's first-round report & photos

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Contents
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1. Photos
2. First-round scoreboard-report: Rybáriková v Kulikova

Master-thread for my Birmingham 2010 reports & photos:
http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=411748

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1. Photos (Monday 7th June 2010)
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Unfortunately I didn't get to watch Magda open the defence of her title, as she was playing on Centre Court at the same time that Anna Chakvetadze was playing on Court 1. Given the trouble that Anna's career is in, and that I hadn't seen her in person for four years, she had to be the top priority – sorry, Magda.

Since I don't have time to upload hundreds of photos a day individually, I have uploaded each batch of photos as a large zip-file (approximately as many megabytes as photos).

Monday's photos are in three volumes (Magda appears briefly in Parts 2 and 3).


Monday Part 2 (Photos 114 to 309)
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http://www.divshare.com/download/11709626-3a0

Magdaléna Rybáriková poster (1 photo)
Stefanie Vögele (125)
Laura Robson (46)
Michelle Larcher de Brito (25)
Michaëlla Krajíček (6)
Ekaterina Dzehalevich (1)


Monday Part 3 (Photos 310 to 501)
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http://www.divshare.com/download/11710651-fa8

Magdaléna Rybáriková (7 photos)
Sandra Záhlavová (31)
Sesil Karatantcheva (31)
Naomi Broady (26)
Katie O'Brien (24)
Yanina Wickmayer (21)
Anna Chakvetadze (15)
Stefanie Vögele (9)
Angelique Kerber (7)
Michaëlla Krajíček (5)
Alison Riske (5)
Shenay Perry (5)
Maria Sharapova posters (2)
Karolina Šprem (2)
Alicia Molik (2)
Michelle Larcher de Brito (1)
Maria Kirilenko poster (1)
Aravane Rezaď poster (1)
Sania Mirza poster (1)
Elena Baltacha poster (1)
Anne Keothavong poster (1)

I apologise for Magda's low photo-count for Monday. I only saw her briefly, from behind, as she was walking into the tournament-office.

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2. First-round scoreboard-report: Rybáriková v Kulikova (Monday 7th June 2010)
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+ MAGDALÉNA RYBÁRIKOVÁ [10,EF] d. Regina Kulikova, 5-7 3-2 retired (low-back injury)

Magda opened the defence of her title on Centre Court, but I chose to watch Anna Chakvetadze on Court 1 instead. It was a tough decision between two members of my Eternal Fanship: I chose Anna because I hadn't seen her in the flesh for four years, and, because of her deep slump, I felt that my chances of seeing her again were lower than my chances of seeing Magda again. I apologise for any offence that my decision may cause in the Magdaléna Rybáriková community; I did choose Magda over Anna later in the tournament.

The first eleven games went with serve, with Magda wasting four break-points at 1-1*, and another at 3-3*. Magda saved one set-point at *4-5 (30/40), but couldn't escape from a *5-6 (0/40) hole.

The first four games of the second set went with serve, with Magda saving a break-point at *1-2 (30/40). There was a 12m delay at the end of that game, which implies that Kulikova took a medical time-out for her back-injury. Kulikova wasted three game-points at *2-2, then retired after Magda broke her for the first time in the match.

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1. Photos
2. Second-round eyewitness report: Rybáriková v Makarova

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1. Photos (Wednesday 9th June 2010)
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Wednesday's photos are in two volumes (all photos of Magda are in Part 1).


Wednesday Part 1 (Photos 001 to 188)
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http://www.divshare.com/download/11725572-bf1

Magdaléna Rybáriková (92 photos)
Anna Chakvetadze (36)
Ekaterina Makarova (30)
Yaroslava Shvedova (25)
Andrea Petković (15)
Sesil Karatantcheva (14)
Sara Errani (6)
Shenay Perry (2)
Karolina Šprem (1)

Magda tried to walk one way onto Court 2 (Photo 047), but decided it was too muddy and went the other way (Photo 048). I also thought it was exceptionally nice of her to sign autographs going onto court (Photos 052, 053), as most players ignore autograph-hunters just before a match.

Magda looked very relieved when she won her second-round match! (Photo 148).

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2. Second-round eyewitness report: Rybáriková v Makarova (Wednesday 9th June 2010)
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+ MAGDALÉNA RYBÁRIKOVÁ [10,EF] d. Ekaterina Makarova, 7-5 4-6 7-6 (7/5)

Magda's crown remained intact as she came through a very tough match against a dangerous opponent, despite blowing a 7-5 4-1* (15/0*) lead, and then being two points from defeat on three separate occasions in the third set: 4-5* (15/30*), 5-6* (30/30), and 6-6 (4/5*).

I believe that the main reasons Magda won the match were that she served very well, moved very well – her excellent retrieval made Makarova feel that she had to hit closer to the sidelines – and mixed it up with sliced backhands and two-handed backhands. But when the pressure was at its greatest – particularly in the third-set tiebreak – Magda resorted to hitting a lot of sliced backhands and other off-speed shots, and Makarova couldn't handle the lack of pace.

In the first set, Magda broke for *2-0 after Makarova made two unsuccessful forays to the net, but was immediately broken back to love with four errors on the third strokes of those points, and Makarova held for 2-2*. Magda took a *4-2 lead courtesy of some success at the net, some error-inducing sliced backhands, and a wonderful dropshot + pass-winner combination. The Noah's-Ark pattern of the first set continued as Makarova closed to 4-4*, her left-handed forehand really beginning to hit the mark. Three comfortable holds later, Magda took a 6-5* (30/15*) lead by running down a dropshot to hit a forehand winner, and her excellent retrieval pressured Makarova into making a couple of unforced errors to give Magda the first set 7-5.

Magda made a strong start to the second set, racing to a 3-0* lead with several forehand winners, while Makarova's level really dipped from what it was in the first set. Magda made a couple of careless errors to go 0/30 down at *3-1, but recovered with four good serves to take a commanding 7-5 4-1* lead.

The turnaround started with Makarova playing an impressive service-game to hold for 2-4*, then Magda started choking with a wild forehand smash long, a sliced backhand long when she led *4-2 (40/30), and a second serve very long as she double-faulted for 4-3*. Makarova broke for *5-4, and recovered from 0/40 to serve out the second set 6-4, as Magda became increasingly frustrated and cross.

The first eight games of the third set went with serve, although Magda got pegged back from 40/15 in her first two service-games, having to save a break-point in the latter. She wasted a 4-3* (30/0*) opening, then Makarova played a great game to break for *5-4. Serving for the match, Makarova led 30/15, but Magda broke back by running down a dropshot to hit a backhand winner. Magda then threw in a poor service-game to give Makarova a second bite at the cherry at *6-5; Makarova was again two points from victory at 30/30, but let Magda off the hook with two wild forehand errors.

In a nailbiting third-set tiebreak, Magda was once again two points from defeat at 4/5*, but bravely recovered with a crosscourt forehand onto the sideline to set up an off-forehand winner for 5/5*, sliced Makarova into submission for *6/5, and sealed victory with a virtual ace.

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I believe that the main reasons Magda won the match were that she served very well, moved very well – her excellent retrieval made Makarova feel that she had to hit closer to the sidelines – and mixed it up with sliced backhands and two-handed backhands. But when the pressure was at its greatest – particularly in the third-set tiebreak – Magda resorted to hitting a lot of sliced backhands and other off-speed shots, and Makarova couldn't handle the lack of pace.
Totally disagree with this, re: Magda's serve it was her first serve falling apart that contributed to the break in the first set and Makarova returned very well throughout the match consistently hitting a deep length and giving herself a chance in the rallies. Then Magda going at 3/4 speed *praying* for a UE also played into Makarova's hands giving her more opportunities to stay in the point. The main reason she won the match is Makarova totally choked as from 4-4 in the third it was Katya hitting winners to break then her hitting UEs to give it back. The pace wasn't the problem for Makarova as that helped her throughout, the finishing line was.
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I've always been a big Slovak tennis fan, but I've fallen in love with Magdalena after she knocked out Safina. It's great being Slovak.
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Totally disagree with this, re: Magda's serve it was her first serve falling apart that contributed to the break in the first set and Makarova returned very well throughout the match consistently hitting a deep length and giving herself a chance in the rallies. Then Magda going at 3/4 speed *praying* for a UE also played into Makarova's hands giving her more opportunities to stay in the point. The main reason she won the match is Makarova totally choked as from 4-4 in the third it was Katya hitting winners to break then her hitting UEs to give it back. The pace wasn't the problem for Makarova as that helped her throughout, the finishing line was.
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Contents
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1. Photos
2. Third-round eyewitness report: Rybáriková v Karatantcheva

Master-thread for my Birmingham 2010 reports & photos:
http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=411748

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1. Photos (Thursday 10th June 2010)
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Thursday's photos are in three volumes (all photos of Magda are in Part 3).


Thursday Part 3 (Photos 264 to 431)
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Due to my DivShare account exceeding its download-limit, my photos will not be available to download until Thursday 24th June 2010 – although if you sign up for a (free) DivShare account, it should let you download them immediately.

http://www.divshare.com/download/11745260-4d6

Magdaléna Rybáriková (82 photos)
Aravane Rezaď (30)
Sesil Karatantcheva (25)
Anna Chakvetadze (21)
Mirjana Lučić (13)
Maria Sharapova (8)
Alison Riske (6)
Michelle Larcher de Brito (3)
Angelique Kerber (2)
Li,Na (2)
Alla Kudryavtseva (2)
Yanina Wickmayer (1)
Tamarine Tanasugarn (1)

Magda looked very upset when she lost her title (Photos 357–365).

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2. Third-round eyewitness report: Rybáriková v Karatantcheva (Thursday 10th June 2010)
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- MAGDALÉNA RYBÁRIKOVÁ [10,EF] lt. Sesil Karatantcheva [Q], 2-6 7-6 (7/3) 2-6

Magda struggled in cold, windy conditions with the odd raindrop. It was so cold that Magda wore a winter-coat as she went to and from the court! She was very erratic until she trailed 2-6 *3-5, but did at least play some dynamic all-court tennis to save the second set (even saving a match-point at 2-6 4-5*). As the defending champion, she looked very upset when she lost.

There was no immediate sign of the troubles to come as Magda held her opening service-game to 15 with a backhand dropshot-winner and a backhand drop-volley winner. In a game of four deuces at *1-1, Magda squandered four game-points, and although she hit a forehand dropshot-winner, an off-forehand winner and two aces in that game – one to save the first break-point – she finished the game with three unforced backhand errors in a row to get broken for 1-2*.

Magda pegged Karatantcheva back from 1-2* (0/40*) to Deuce with a crosscourt forehand winner and a forehand smash-winner, but Karatantcheva nevertheless consolidated her break with two forced errors: *1-3. Magda held for 2-3* with a couple of excellent lobs, but Karatantcheva held for 4-2* as Magda hit three forehand winners but five backhand errors – certainly an area of her game that needs work.

Magda at *2-4 gave Karatantcheva a look at at least three second serves, and a couple of deep returns forced Magda into backhand errors; Karatantcheva broke for *5-2, and served out the first set to 15 – gift-wrapped by a couple of wild errors by Magda.

Magda opened the second set with a terrible service-game, finishing with a double fault at 0/40. She had a break-back point at 2-6 0-1* (40/30*), but three unforced errors let Karatantcheva off the hook. Magda hit a crosscourt backhand winner as she held to love for 1-2*. She hit two backhand volley-winners for a 30/0* opening, but wasted it with four unforced errors: *1-3. Magda hit an off-forehand volley-winner en route to 40/15, but was pegged back to Deuce before holding for 2-3*. Karatantcheva held for 4-2*, and Magda held to love for 3-4* with some good error-forcing play. Magda's attempts to go to the net met with two pass-winners as Karatantcheva held serve; she was then two points from victory at 6-2 5-3* (30/15*). And then the turnaround began.

Magda recovered to hold for 4-5*, and then saw her coach (Mojmír Mihal) at the changeover. Judging by how she played for the rest of the second set, he probably told her to be aggressive and go to the net. Karatantcheva actually had her first match-point at 6-2 *5-4 (40/30) but hit a backhand long, then Magda went to the net on the next two points, hitting a forehand smash-winner and a backhand volley-winner to break back for *5-5! She held to love for 6-5* with some deep, error-forcing shots, then pegged Karatantcheva back from 6-5* (15/40*) with an off-forehand winner and a forehand volley-winner; Karatantcheva needed four game-points to force the tiebreak. Magda recovered an early mini-break with a backhand volley-winner, then cruised through the rest of the tiebreak as Karatantcheva made a series of unforced errors.

Sadly, Magda couldn't carry the momentum of the end of the second set over to the third, although she did hit the shot of the match to hold for 1-1*: a fantastic crosscourt forehand volley-winner deep into the corner at full stretch! But she couldn't put any pressure on Karatantcheva's serve. Magda recovered from *1-2 (15/40) with an error-forcing backhand volley and a virtual ace, and held for 2-2* after an ace and two forehand smash-winners, but that was to be the last game she would win.

Karatantcheva's error-forcing depth helped her to take a 1:1 3-2* (40/15*) lead, and though Magda saved those break-points with a forehand volley-winner and a forehand smash-winner, she dropped serve anyway with a couple of unforced errors: 2-4*. Magda hit a sliced backhand winner off a dropshot en route to 40/15*, but couldn't convert those break-points, and some more unforced errors made it *2-5. Magda reached 30/15 with a spectacular high backhand smash-winner, but two forehand errors brought up Karatantcheva's second match-point, and though Magda saved it with a service-winner, two more unforced errors sent her back to the locker-room, where there would be weeping and grinding of teeth.

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Wimbledon 2010: Andrew's preview

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THE CHAMPIONSHIPS (Wimbledon, London, England; grass; Major)
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Contents
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1. Photos
2. First-round draw
3. Magdaléna Rybáriková preview (1r: Aravane Rezaď)
4. Women's Doubles: First-round draw
5. Order of play for Tuesday

Master thread for my Wimbledon 2010 reports:
http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=412612

Abbreviations:
[Q] qualifier
[WC] wild card
[LL] lucky loser
[A] alternate
[EF] member of my Eternal Fanship
[DF] member of my demi-fanship
[s] Selesian (two hands both sides)

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1. Photos
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1.1 General links
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I will post these links only once.

Where to look at many players:
* http://www.tennis.com/galleries/index.aspx
* http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/gallery
* http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/tennis/photos.html

Where to search for specific players:
* http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/pl...rankingsw.html
* http://uk.news.search.yahoo.com/
* http://www.fotosports.com/
* Getty Images

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2. First-round draw
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2.1 Top quarter: Chakvetadze, Šafářová, Hantuchová, Sharapova
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* Michelle Larcher de Brito v SERENA WILLIAMS [1] (ˇvamos Michelle!)
* Anna Chakvetadze [EF] v Andrea Petković (DAVAI ANNA!!)
* Ayumi Morita [s] v Tamarine Tanasugarn (ganbatte Ayumi!)
* LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ [25,EF] v Dominika Cibulková (my loyalty is to LUCIE)

* DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [24,EF] v Vania King (POĎME DANIELA!!)
* Elena Vesnina v Barbora Záhlavová Strýcová (davai Elena!)
* Alizé Cornet v Ioana Raluca Olaru (my loyalty is to Alizé)
* MARIA SHARAPOVA [16,EF] v Anastasia Pivovarova [LL] (my loyalty is to MARIA)

* Chanelle Scheepers [WC] v LI,NA [9]
* Mariana Duque Marińo v Kurumi Nara [Q]
* Anastasia Rodionova v Anne Keothavong
* SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [19] v Akgul Amanmuradova

* SARA ERRANI [32] v Julie Coin (forza Sara!)
* Arantxa Parra Santonja [s] v Olga Govortsova (my Passion says Olga, but my Reason says Arantxa)
* Jill Craybas v Alberta Brianti
* Melinda Czink v AGNIESZKA RADWAŃSKA [7]


2.2 Second quarter: Magdaléna Rybáriková
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* CAROLINE WOŹNIACKI [3] v Tathiana Garbin (kom sĺ Caro!)
* Arantxa Rus v Chang,Kai-Chen
* Roberta Vinci v Sybille Bammer (forza Roberta!)
* Iveta Benešová v ANASTASIA PAVLYUCHENKOVA [29] (pojďme Iveta!)

* ZHENG,JIE [23] v Pauline Parmentier (jia you Jie!)
* Sorana Cîrstea v Petra Kvitová (hai Sorana!)
* Casey Dell'Acqua v Bojana Jovanovski
* VICTORIA AZARENKA [14,DF] v Mirjana Lučić [Q] (davai Vika!)

* FLAVIA PENNETTA [10,DF] v Anabel Medina Garrigues (forza Flavia!)
* Gisela Dulko [DF] v Monica Niculescu [Q,S] (my loyalty is to Gisela)
* Klára Zakopalová v Yvonne Meusburger (pojďme Klára!)
* Magdaléna Rybáriková [EF] v ARAVANE REZAĎ [18,DF] (my loyalty is to MAGDA)

* Kimiko Date Krumm v ALEXANDRA DULGHERU [13]
* Heather Watson [WC] v Romina Sarina Oprandi [Q]
* Tímea Bacsinszky v Edina Gallovits (hopp Tímea!)
* SAMANTHA STOSUR [6] v Kaia Kanepi [Q] (c'mon Sam!)


2.3 Third quarter: Vera Zvonarëva
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* KIM CLIJSTERS [8] won
* Karolina Šprem [DF] won
* Shenay Perry [Q] won
* MARIA KIRILENKO [27,DF] won

* JUSTINE HENIN [17] won
* Kristina Barrois won
* Chan,Yung-Jan won
* NADIA PETROVA [12] won

* YANINA WICKMAYER [15,DF] won
* Kirsten Flipkens won
* Andrea Hlaváčková [Q] won
* VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] won

* ALYONA BONDARENKO [28] won
* Varvara Lepchenko won
* Aleksandra Woźniak won
* JELENA JANKOVIĆ [4] won


2.4 Bottom quarter
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* Vera Dushevina won
* Tsvetana Pironkova [DF] won
* Regina Kulikova won
* YAROSLAVA SHVEDOVA [30] won

* Gréta Arn [Q] won
* Alicia Molik won
* Petra Martić won
* MARION BARTOLI [11,DF,S] won

* SHAHAR PE'ER [13] won
* Angelique Kerber won
* Jarmila Groth won
* MELANIE OUDIN [33] won

* ALISA KLEYBANOVA [26] won
* Alla Kudryavtseva won
* Ekaterina Makarova won
* VENUS WILLIAMS [2] won

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3. Magdaléna Rybáriková preview
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Magdaléna Rybáriková is one of the most enjoyable tennis-players to watch. Of course it helps that she is an absolute stunner, but she is also very entertaining in tennis-terms. In many ways, she is a throwback to a bygone era with her excellent volleys, one-handed sliced backhands and dropshots. Yet she has upgraded that model to the modern era with a big serve and groundstrokes of flairsome power, with which she likes to go for the lines. She hits plenty of brilliant winners, especially off her forehand!

In 2009, Magda cemented her position on the WTA Tour with a solid season in which she went 32:26 in singles and rose from #58 to #46 in the rankings, highlighted by her first WTA singles-title at Birmingham.

Magda has had a disappointing 2010 so far, with a win/loss record of just 10:17, and only first- and second-round losses outside of Kuala Lumpur (where she reached the quarter-finals) and Birmingham (where she reached the third round).

Magda's ranking has dipped from #44 at the start of the year to #63 after Birmingham. I'm actually relieved that the worst of the fall is behind her now (I bloody well hope!), and that she's still in the top 64.

Magda started 2010 with an impressive 6-2 6-3 win over world #27 Anabel Medina Garrigues at Auckland, but followed that with two dismal losses: 6-1 6-0 to #30 Shahar Pe'er at Auckland, and 6-3 6-1 to #34 Aleksandra Woźniak at Hobart.

Magda put up a respectable 6-4 6-4 scoreline against world #2 and defending finalist Dinara Safina in the first round of the Australian Open, but followed it with another dismal loss: 6-3 6-1 to #34 Kateryna Bondarenko at Dubai.

Magda reached the quarter-finals of Kuala Lumpur by beating #76-ranked recent Pattaya City runner-up Tamarine Tanasugarn 7-5 6-3, and #408-ranked Wimbledon 2009 Girls' Singles champion Noppawan Lertcheewakarn 6-4 7-5, before being thrashed 6-0 6-3 by #7 Elena Dementieva.

Magda lost 6-2 6-2 to a certain unranked player by the name of Justine Henin in the first round of Indian Wells, then beat #72 Lucie Hradecká 3-6 6-4 6-2 to reach the second round of Miami, where she lost 6-2 6-4 to #15 Marion Bartoli.

Magda's slump continued into the clay-season with a 6-3 3-6 7-5 loss to #163 Anna Tatishvili in the first round of Ponte Vedra Beach.

In the first round of Charleston, Magda beat #122 Sharon Fichman 7-5 6-2 (after nearly blowing a 5-0* lead in the first set), then lost 6-3 7-5 to #11 Samantha Stosur, which is pretty respectable considering the way that Stosur stormed to the title after that.

In Slovakia's Fed Cup tie against Serbia, Magda lost the opening rubber 7-6 6-3 to #7 Jelena Janković, but couldn't handle the pressure of trying to seal the tie in the fourth rubber, which she lost 6-1 7-6 to #117 Bojana Jovanovski to make it 2:2. But she teamed up with Daniela Hantuchová to win the decisive doubles-rubber.

Magda lost 6-4 6-3 to #108-ranked lucky loser Jarmila Groth in the first round of Estoril, and 2-6 6-1 6-4 to #26 Alyona Bondarenko in the first round of Madrid.

Magda stunned #37 Melanie Oudin 6-0 6-2 in the first round of a rain-soaked Warsaw, but blew a *5-1 lead and four set-points as she lost 7-6 6-3 to #35 Sara Errani in the second round. Still, her Warsaw scores made me feel a lot better about her form than I felt about it before Warsaw.

Magda beat #65 Sofia Arvidsson 6-7 6-3 6-2 in the first round of the French Open (after serving for the first set *6-5, and then trailing 6-7 *1-3), but lost 6-3 6-3 to #31 Alyona Bondarenko in the second round.

Magda had a lucky escape in the first round of Birmingham, as #67 Regina Kulikova retired with a low-back injury despite leading 7-5 2-3*. Magda then came through a very tough match against #103 Ekaterina Makarova – who went on to win Eastbourne! – 7-5 4-6 7-6 (7/5), despite blowing a 7-5 4-1* lead, and then being two points from defeat three times in the third.

Magda then lost her third round 6-2 6-7 6-2 to #144 Sesil Karatantcheva in very cold, windy conditions. She was very erratic until she trailed 2-6 *3-5, but did at least play some dynamic all-court tennis to save the second set (even saving a match-point at 2-6 4-5*). As the defending champion, she looked very upset when she lost.

At 's-Hertogenbosch, Magda upset #21 Dinara Safina 6-7 6-4 6-4, although Safina was already on a four-match losing-streak dating back to April, and has since pulled out of Wimbledon with a chronic back-injury, so Magda should probably have beaten her more convincingly (she led *3-0 in the third, but Safina got one of the breaks back, and Magda needed 6 MPs to seal her victory).

In the second round of 's-Hertogenbosch, Magda lost 7-6 4-6 6-2 to world #88 Sandra Záhlavová (who was the loudest grunter at Birmingham, even though the draw included Maria Sharapova and Michelle Larcher de Brito!). Magda blew a *5-3 lead in the first set, although she did at least fight back from 6-7 1-3* to force a third.


3.1 First-round preview
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* Magdaléna Rybáriková [EF] v ARAVANE REZAĎ [18,DF]

Magda has a tough assignment against the world #20 (whom she's never played before), but there's certainly a case for her beating Rezaď, seeing as grass is Magda's best surface and Rezaď's worst!

Rezaď is a great hitter (with a backhand just like Monica Seles) but a poor mover, so Magda has to take her out of her comfort-zone, and keep her guessing: sometimes spread her by hitting to the sidelines, sometimes jam her with deep balls down the middle. That's what Li,Na did so well when she beat Rezaď in the semi-finals of Birmingham.

Rezaď has a 24:10 win/loss record for 2010 so far, highlighted by winning the Premier Mandatory at Madrid.

Rezaď lost to #28 Dominika Cibulková in the second round of Auckland, but reached the semi-finals of Sydney, beating #67 Anna-Lena Grönefeld 6-7 6-2 6-2, #40 Ágnes Szávay 6-3 7-6, #12 Flavia Pennetta 6-3 6-0(!), and losing 3-6 7-5 6-4 to #1 Serena Williams.

Rezaď reached the second round of the Australian Open, beating #57 Sania Mirza 6-4 6-2, but losing 6-2 6-3 to #118 Angelique Kerber.

Rezaď lost in the second round of WTA Paris to #49 Andrea Petković, and in the second round of Dubai to #8 Jelena Janković.

Rezaď reached the fourth round of Indian Wells by beating #74 Tamarine Tanasugarn 6-4 7-5 and #18 Francesca Schiavone 6-7 7-6 6-4; she then lost 6-3 6-3 to #7 Elena Dementieva.

Rezaď lost to #74 Petra Martić in her opening match at Miami, and 6-4 6-2 to #82 Tatjana Malek in the second round of Marbella. She lost 6-3 6-4 to #54 Roberta Vinci in the first round of Barcelona, and 6-1 7-6 to #49 Petković in France's Fed Cup tie against Germany, although she did get revenge on Malek: 2-6 6-3 6-0.

At Rome, Rezaď beat #82 Ayumi Morita 6-4 6-2, then lost in the second round to Yanina Wickmayer 6-3 6-7 7-5.

Rezaď pulled off a mild upset in the first round of Madrid, beating #20 and recent Stuttgart-champion Justine Henin 4-6 7-5 6-0 after Henin had led 6-4 3-0*. Rezaď proceeded to beat #88 Klára Zakopalová 6-3 7-5, #51 Andrea Petković 6-4 7-6, Jelena Janković 7-5 6-4, Lucie Šafářová 6-1 retired, and #3 Venus Williams 6-2 7-5 in the final!

At the French Open, Rezaď crushed #166 Heidi El Tabakh 6-1 6-1, overcame #64 Angelique Kerber 6-2 2-6 6-3, and lost a heart-breaker to #20 Nadia Petrova in the third round: 6-7 6-4 10-8 after having 3 MPs at 1:1 5-4* (40/15* + Ad).

At Birmingham, Rezaď reached the semi-finals with wins over #76 Anastasia Rodionova 6-3 6-4, #195 Mirjana Lučić 7-5 6-3 and #33 Sara Errani 7-6 7-5, before being picked apart by #11 Li,Na 6-1 3-6 6-3.

At Eastbourne, Rezaď upset #3 Caroline Woźniacki 6-4 1-6 6-3 in the first round, but retired with a right-wrist injury when trailing #23 María José Martínez Sánchez 2-6 0-3*.

That certainly boosts Magda's chances, and I just hope that Rezaď is fit to play her, since I would hate to see Rezaď withdraw or retire.

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4. Women's Doubles: First-round draw
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* Magdaléna Rybáriková [EF]/Klára Zakopalová v Arantxa Parra Santonja [s]/Melinda Czink

Full draw:
http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/scores/draws/wd/

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5. Order of play for Tuesday
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Court 8 (start 12:00 BST = 11:00 GMT)
1. MS 1r: MIKHAIL YOUZHNY [13] v Dudi Sela
2. MS 1r: Jarkko Nieminen v Stefan Koubek
3. WS 1r: Magdaléna Rybáriková [EF] v ARAVANE REZAĎ [18]
4. WS 1r: Casey Dell'Acqua v Bojana Jovanovski

Full order of play:
http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/scores/schedule/

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