Yes, more money too! The field is quite tough, of course, but on the other hand it's a good sign for it shows that Mandy is confident enough to take this challenge. All in all it's important for Mandy to raise the level of tournaments. She needs some Top 100 wins to build up her confidence furthermore. So it's maybe not the worst idea to play Contrexeville. But if you compare it it's way tougher than Versmold. She has to calculate a Top 100 opponent already in the first round.
A few words to her match against Witthöft, although she lost it she was playing really well but Witthöft was surprisingly consistent. The crucial point was at *54 15/0. There was a replayed point and Witthöft was very annoyed because she felt herself unfairly treated after an overruling by the umpire. If Mandy had won this replayed point she would have won the whole match too because Witthöft would have been demoralized then.
I had the impression that Mandy was dominating many rallies but often she couldn't finish the point. She made a few unforced errors too much, especially at the beginning and at the end of the match. Some circumstances were against Mandy btw Carina could handle it better. So it was raining in the first set and Mandy was seemingly disturbed by this more than her opponent. When she was serving for the match the sun came out of the blue and dazzled Mandy.
In spite of the loss I loved the way Mandy was playing. She was hitting some nice, well prepared winners and was fighting all the time coming back from break down twice in the final set.
Witthöft on the other hand was definitely playing better than her ranking so Mandy shouldn't be too sad.
Tim told me afterwards that Mandy stays as long as possible in Europe and won't play US tournaments before the USO. She probably will also play the Swiss league.