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I am very sad about Amanda's loss today and really struggle to understand it, I mean Amanda had only lost to really good players this year and at the end of last year so this is quite a shock. I would have thought Amanda would have won this match in two quick sets, and I am searching for a reason why she would lose. This los worries me.

So what would it be: is Alina a power player or was amanda jsut really rusty from not playing for three weeks?

Here are some articles from the match:

Jidkova Joy as Coetzer Crashes Out

MEMPHIS (February 19) - Top seed Amanda Coetzer was the first big-name casualty at the Kroger St. Jude as the South African went down 6-3, 7-6(5) to Russia's Alina Jidkova.

Coetzer, who finished 2001 at No. 19 in the world and owns eight career titles, saved a match point at 6-5 in the second set, but could not prevent the Russian moving into the quarterfinals.

"It's disappointing," said Coetzer. "I had a lot of opportunities. She played well and had a lot of confidence, while I was a little tentative. The competition is tough - there's never an easy match out there."

It was a big win for Jidkova, who underwent knee surgery in April 2001. "I'm really happy to have won in two sets," she said. "Amanda is such a good athlete that I knew it would be difficult if it went to a third set. I have an aggressive game and I felt comfortable out there. I kept going for my shots and hopefully it will continue."

And heres another:

Top-seeded Coetzer upset by Jidkova

February 19, 2002

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Top-seeded Amanda Coetzer tumbled out of the Kroger St. Jude Championships on Tuesday night, falling 6-3, 7-6 (5) to Alina Jidkova of Russia in the second round.

In the second set tiebreaker, Jidkova used an ace to take a 5-4 lead. Coetzer tied the score at 5 when Jidkova hit a forehand wide. Coetzer then missed two backhands -- one wide and one long -- and was eliminated.

Coetzer believed her first-round bye was detrimental against Jidkova, who beat Samantha Reeves in the opening round.

''(Jidkova) played with a lot of confidence,'' Coetzer said. ``I probably played a little tentative, but I had plenty of opportunities to get my foot in the match.''

Coetzer's best opportunity came midway through the second set, but Jidkova fought off three set points.

``I wasn't going to give it up,'' Jidkova said. ``She started playing much better in the second set, and I got a little more defensive.

``She gets every ball back, and I was getting tired. I was kind of worried if I got to the third set. I wasn't sure if I would win or not.''

Good Luck to Amanda in her next tourney....we will never stop supporting you:)

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Heres another more detailed article:

Coetzer upset in second round at Kroger St. Jude tennis
February 20, 2002

MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE (TICKER) -- Amanda Coetzer's stay at the $895,000 Kroger St. Jude indoor tennis event was a short one.

The top-seeded Coetzer on Tuesday was upset in the second round by unseeded Russian Alina Jidkova, 6-3, 7-6 (7-5).

Playing in her first tournament since losing in the second round at last month's Pan Pacific Open, Coetzer received a first-round bye in this event.

Coetzer thought having the bye was a detriment.

"I felt a little rusty since I haven't played a tournament since Tokyo and by having a bye in the first round I think that puts you at a disadvantage since the other player has already played one match," Coetzer said. "She came out with a lot of confidence."

Coetzer showed her rustiness, blowing a 5-3 lead in the second set as her record on the year fell to 5-4. The South African advanced to the fourth round at the Australian Open.

"She played very well and I had my chances," Coetzer said. "I gave away my chances, especially in the second set."

"This is definitely my biggest win for right now," said the 25-year-old Jidkova. "I was trying to attack every ball. I was nervous at different times in the match but I knew I had to fight for every ball. When I got nervous I just told myself to calm down and attack every ball. I was getting tired and I did not want to go to the third set."

Third-seeded Ai Sugiyama of Japan made it out of the second round with a 6-2, 7-6 (7-3) victory over countrywoman Shinobu Asagoe.

In a second-round match of unseeded players, American Jill Craybas defeated Aniko Kapros of Hungary, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4.

There also were three first-round matches on the women's side. American Erika De Lone ousted fifth-seeded Adrianna Serra Zanetti of Italy, 6-2, 6-4; seventh seed Jennifer Hopkins of the United States defeated Andrea Glass of Germany, 6-4, 6-4; and Yepn Jeong Cho of Korea bested American Sarah Taylor, 6-3, 7-6 (7-5).

On the men's side, third-seeded Jan-Michael Gambill, who lost his three previous matches this year, finally broke into the win column with a 6-1, 7-5 victory of Russian Nikolay Davydenko.

"It feels good to get the first win," said Gambill, who reached the quarterfinals or better in seven of his first eight tournaments in 2001. "I was on cruise control in the first set, but it was a tough second. I served big today and it helped me get through."

Sixth-seeded Jonas Bjorkman ensured that there would be a new winner at this year's event as he ousted defending champion Mark Philippoussis of Australia, 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (7-1).

Eighth-seeded James Black advanced with a 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) victory over fellow American and former champion Michael Chang.

In matches of unseeded players, Justin Gimelstob defeated fellow American Mardy Fish, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4); and Andre Sa of Brazil got by Andrew Ilie of Australia, 6-2, 6-0.

The men's winner takes home $126,000, while the women's champion earns $27,000.

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Lets hope next tournament will be better!
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