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PYW ITF Kurume, Saint-Gaudens & Raleigh







Welcome to Kurume, Japan, Saint- Gaudens, France and Raleigh, USA! The PYW ITF calendar is packed once again this week with events on three different continents and close to one hundred players looking to advance based on your votes. In the third Japanese tournament in a row, last week's Fukuoka champion Nikola Hofmanova won't have to advance past Gifu champion Aiko Nakamura this week, but a host of other challengers will contend for the crown. Brit Elena Baltacha, Russian Ksenia Lykina, and Japan native Kurumi Nara all pose serious threats to the talented Austrian. In France, PYW stars Corinna Dentoni, Elena Bovina, Kirsten Flipkens, and Kimiko Date-Krumm do battle with Zagreb champion Anastasia Pivovarova and the always dangerous Mandy Minella. All of these players should watch their backs for the rest of the experienced field, including Eleni Daniilidou, Jarmila Groth, and Julia Vakulenko, as the title is definitely up for grabs. Finally, Raleigh has a field very similar to the one battling last week in Fort Walton Beach, where Melanie Oudin beat fellow American Lilia Osterloh in the finals. There won't be a repeat, however, as Oudin and Osterloh could meet in this week's quarterfinal round. The players looking to take the title themselves includes Americans Lindsay Lee-Waters and Lauren Albanese, Croatian Mirjana Lucic, and Romanian Edina Gallovits. It's another week of fantastic action on the PYW ITF circuit, the winners are up to your votes!

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Ranking Points Kurume, Saint-Gaudens & Raleigh:
ITF 50K (32, $50,000):

W - 70
F - 50
SF - 32
QF - 18
R16 - 10
R32 - 1

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Previous Finals:

Saint-Gaudens:
2008:
Elena Bovina RUS lost to Stéphanie Dubois CAN [3] | 3-6 4-6

2007:
Meng Yuan CHN [5] lost to Tatiana Perebiynis UKR | 5-7 4-6
2006: Joanna Sakowicz POL beat Timea Bacsinszky SUI [Q] | 3-6 7-5 6-2


Kurume:
2008: Kimiko Date-Krumm JPN [WC] beat Erika Takao JPN [7] | 6-3 6-4

Raleigh:
New Event in PYW [25k last year]


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Kurume:

040. Elena Baltacha GBR [1]
094. Nikola Hofmanova AUT [2]
122. Kurumi Nara JPN [3]
<s>133. Ksenia Lykina RUS [4]</s>
146. Chin-Wei Chan TPE [5]
<s>165. Kai-Chen Chang TPE [6]</s>
174. Erika Takao JPN [7]
<s>204. I-Hsuan Hwang TPE [8]</s>

Saint-Gaudens:

<s>005. Kirsten Flipkens BEL [1]</s>
<s>006. Kimiko Date-Krumm JPN [2]</s>
<s>007. Corinna Dentoni ITA [3]</s>
009. Elena Bovina RUS [4]
037. Jarmila Groth SVK [5]
038. Mandy Minella LUX [6]
041. Anastasiya Yakimova BLR [7]
043. Yuliana Fedak UKR [8]


Raleigh:

017. Lindsay Lee-Waters USA [1]
023. Lauren Albanese USA [2]

034. Mirjana Lucic CRO [3]

051. Alina Jidkova RUS [4]
059. Edina Gallovits ROU [5]
<s>109. Heidi El Tabakh CAN [6]</s>
<s>121. Melanie Oudin USA [7]
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<s>140. Tetiana Luzhanska UKR [8]</s>

The Semifinalists:

Kurume:


First Quarter: Elena Baltacha GBR [1]


Second Quarter: Kurumi Nara JPN [3]


Third Quarter: Erika Takao JPN [7]


Fourth Quarter: Amanda Elliott GBR

Saint-Gaudens:


First Quarter: Julia Vakulenko UKR [Q]


Second Quarter: Anastasia Pivovarova RUS


Third Quarter: Alexandra Dulgheru ROU [Q]


Fourth Quarter: Elena Bovina RUS [4]

Raleigh:


First Quarter: Lindsay Lee-Waters USA [1]


Second Quarter: Carmen Klaschka GER


Third Quarter:Alina Jidkova RUS [4]


Fourth Quarter: Mirjana Lucic CRO [3,Q]

<!-- END TEMPLATE: bbcode_code -->Kurume | Semifinals:

Elena Baltacha GBR [1] vs Kurumi Nara JPN [3]
Erika Takao JPN [7] vs Amanda Elliott GBR


Saint-Gaudens | Semifinals:

Julia Vakulenko UKR [Q] vs Anastasia Pivovarova RUS
Alexandra Dulgheru ROU [Q] vs Elena Bovina RUS [4]


Raleigh | Semifinals:

Edina Gallovits ROU [5] vs Carmen Klaschka GER
Alina Jidkova RUS [4] vs Mirjana Lucic CRO [3,Q]
 

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Kurume | Semifinals:

Kurumi Nara JPN [3]
Erika Takao JPN [7]

Saint-Gaudens | Semifinals:

Julia Vakulenko UKR [Q]
Elena Bovina RUS [4]

Raleigh | Semifinals:

Edina Gallovits ROU [5]
Mirjana Lucic CRO [3,Q]
 

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Kurume | Semifinals:

Kurumi Nara JPN [3]
Erika Takao JPN [7]


Saint-Gaudens | Semifinals:

Anastasia Pivovarova RUS
Alexandra Dulgheru ROU [Q]


Raleigh | Semifinals:

Edina Gallovits ROU [5]
Mirjana Lucic CRO [3,Q]
 

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Kurume | Semifinals:

Kurumi Nara JPN [3]
Erika Takao JPN [7]

Saint-Gaudens | Semifinals:

Julia Vakulenko UKR [Q]
Elena Bovina RUS [4]

Raleigh | Semifinals:

Carmen Klaschka GER
Mirjana Lucic CRO [3,Q]
 

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Kurume | Semifinals:

Elena Baltacha GBR [1]
Amanda Elliott GBR

Saint-Gaudens | Semifinals:

Anastasia Pivovarova RUS
Elena Bovina RUS [4]

Raleigh | Semifinals:

Carmen Klaschka GER
Mirjana Lucic CRO [3,Q]
 

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Kurume

Elena Baltacha GBR [1]
Erika Takao JPN [7]


Saint-Gaudens

Anastasia Pivovarova RUS
Elena Bovina RUS [4]


Raleigh

Carmen Klaschka GER
Alina Jidkova RUS [4]
 

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Carmen Klaschka
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Kurume | Semifinals:

Kurumi Nara JPN [3]
Erika Takao JPN [7]

Saint-Gaudens | Semifinals:

Julia Vakulenko UKR [Q]
Alexandra Dulgheru ROU [Q]

Raleigh | Semifinals:

Edina Gallovits ROU [5]
Alina Jidkova RUS [4]
 

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Kurume | Semifinals:

Elena Baltacha GBR [1]
Amanda Elliott GBR

Saint-Gaudens | Semifinals:

Julia Vakulenko UKR [Q]
Elena Bovina RUS [4]

Raleigh | Semifinals:

Carmen Klaschka GER
Mirjana Lucic CRO [3,Q]
 

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Kurume | Semifinals:

Kurumi Nara JPN [3]
Erika Takao JPN [7]

Saint-Gaudens | Semifinals:

Anastasia Pivovarova RUS
Elena Bovina RUS [4]

Raleigh | Semifinals:

Carmen Klaschka GER
Alina Jidkova RUS [4]
 

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Kurume | Semifinals:

Elena Baltacha GBR [1]
Amanda Elliott GBR

Saint-Gaudens | Semifinals:

Julia Vakulenko UKR [Q]
Elena Bovina RUS [4]

Raleigh | Semifinals:

Carmen Klaschka GER
Alina Jidkova RUS [4]
 

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Kurume | Semifinals:

Elena Baltacha GBR [1]
Amanda Elliott GBR


Saint-Gaudens | Semifinals:

Julia Vakulenko UKR [Q]
Elena Bovina RUS [4]


Raleigh | Semifinals:

Edina Gallovits ROU [5]
Mirjana Lucic CRO [3,Q]
 

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Kurume | Semifinals:

Elena Baltacha GBR [1] vs Kurumi Nara JPN [3] | 3-6 5-1 SP!
Erika Takao JPN [7] vs Amanda Elliott GBR | 6-2 3-4


Saint-Gaudens | Semifinals:

Julia Vakulenko UKR [Q] vs Anastasia Pivovarova RUS | 7-6 1-1
Alexandra Dulgheru ROU [Q] vs Elena Bovina RUS [4] | 4-6 1-4


Raleigh | Semifinals:

Edina Gallovits ROU [5] vs Carmen Klaschka GER | 4-6 2-3
Alina Jidkova RUS [4] vs Mirjana Lucic CRO [3,Q] | 4-6 3-2
 

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Kurume | Semifinals:

Kurumi Nara JPN [3]
Erika Takao JPN [7]

Saint-Gaudens | Semifinals:

Anastasia Pivovarova RUS
Elena Bovina RUS [4]

Raleigh | Semifinals:

Edina Gallovits ROU [5]
Alina Jidkova RUS [4]
 
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