2005 Italian Open (Rome) & Prague WTA Singles Results     Amelie Mauresmo & Dinara Safina, Champions

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  WTA: May 9-15 2005

Italian Open, Rome, ITA Tier I
$1,300,000 - 56 players - outdoor: red clay
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# 2 Maria Sharapova, # 3 Amelie Mauresmo
# 4 Serena Williams, # 5 Elena Dementieva


ECM Prague Open, Prague, CZE Tier IV
$140,000 - 32 players - outdoor: red clay
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# 36 Dinara Safina, # 41 Klára Koukalová
# 46 Jelena Kostanic, # 57 Nuria Llagostera Vives

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Rome:
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#3 Amelie Mauresmo
5' 9", 152 lbs, RH 1H-BH
Prague:
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#36 Dinara Safina
5' 11˝", 154˝ lbs, RH, 2H-BH

    On Sunday in the final of the Telecom Italia Masters (aka the Italian Open) at the Foro Italico in Rome, 25-year-old 2nd-seeded # 3 Amelie Mauresmo of France (residence: Geneva, Switzerland), defeated 26-year-old 8th-seeded # 13 Patty Schnyder from Wangen, Switzerland, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 (Amelie is shown after match point).

    It was the 5th time in 6 years that Amelie had reached the Rome final; she has won the title 2 years in a row. Amelie won the match despite the fact that Patty, playing her game of varied topspin and slices, won 86 points to Amelie's 83, while they were tied in service breaks, 3 apiece. Amelie said: "[Patty] has a very special game, not like most of the other players. She's able to use a lot of spin, slicing. We saw her with a lot of dropshots on the backhand side as well. She also sometimes comes in and is not afraid to do some dropshot volleys... So she's really being able to do many different things, and we don't see these kind of player very often...
    "I really came here without any rhythm, and just tried to relax, and here I am the last day with the trophy... Now I'm going to rest a little bit, then start to practice again for the French Open. I hope I play like this." WTA story - AP story

    Amelie now leads Patty 10-5 in career matches. Patty said: "At the end, [Amelie] was a little too powerful, I think. Her spin was really giving me a lot of problems, and I could not really play the game I wanted at the end. Still, I had the chances and she saved some great break points with great serves. Shows she's a real champion, and today she deserved to win."

    In the Prague final on Sunday, 19-year-old top-seeded # 36 Dinara Safina from Moscow, Russia, (who has a brother in the ATP named Marat Safin) defeated 25-year-old unseeded # 99 Zuzana Ondrášková (5' 8˝", 123˝ lbs, RH 2H-BH) from Opava, Czech Republic 7-6(2), 6-3 (Dinara is also shown after match point). Dinara is now 4-1 in WTA singles finals; Zuzana was playing in her first WTA singles final, however, she has won 15 ITF singles titles since 1998.

    25-year-old Amelie Mauresmo was born in St. Germains en Laye, France and has a residence in Geneva, Switzerland. Amelie is now 17-15 in WTA singles finals; she won Tier I titles 2 weeks in a row last year in Berlin and Rome. The Dunlop "300G" bat that Amelie formerly wielded has been replaced by the new "M-FiL 300" model. Amelie reportedly has her bats strung with 16-gauge Babolat VS Touch gut, she wears Nike attire and shoes, and she is coached by Loic Courteau. Amelie has said she is working with French former ATP great Yannick Noah to improve her game this year.
Mauresmo career record

    Patty Schnyder was born in Basel, Switzerland, and resides in Wangen when she has time away from the Tour, but has said she would like to move to Australia when she retires. Patty has won 9 WTA singles titles, including the Gold Coast title earlier this year, in 15 finals. Patty wears adidas and bats left-handed with a Head Liquidmetal Prestige MP racket, a 27" bat with a 98 sq" string area, weighing 11.9 oz strung, stiffness rating 63, balanced 8 points head light. Patty reportedly has her bats strung with 16-gauge Kirschbaum Super Smash Spiky, a polyester monofilament with a textured outer wrap.
    Formerly coached by Hubert Choudury, Patty is now coached by her husband Rainer Hoffmann, an information technolgy specialist whom she married on December 5, 2003. When in Switzerland, Patty also sometimes receives training along with her compatriot Martina Hingis from Martina's mother, Melanie Molitor.
Schnyder career record - Patty Schnyder Wallpaper

    Yahoo! published about 20 photos of Serena Williams while she was losing on Wednesday. They did not post 1 photo of Gisela Dulko, Vera Zvonareva, Nadia Petrova, Patty Schnyder, Elena Bovina, Ana Ivanovic, or Catalina Castano (or any of the players they defeated).

    Early in the week in Rome, there were ATP seniors matches running at the Foro Italico along with the WTA matches (guys with strange names like "McEnroe" and "Courier"); meanwhile, all week in Prague, there was an ATP-ITF Challenger tourney ($100,000) running alongside the ladies.

    The main draw for Rome had 16 seeds, with 8 1st-round byes. There were 8 qualifiers and 4 wild cards in the main draw. Qualifying finals were on Sunday.

    Rome time is GMT (UCT, ZULU) + 2 hours (US Pacific Daylight Time +9, EDT +6). Early round play begins at 1pm local time. Rome has the ATP applet live scoring by points.

    Prague time is also GMT (UCT, ZULU) + 2 hours (US Pacific Daylight Time +9, EDT +6). Early round play begins at 10am local time. Prague has live scoring by games only.

WTA SCOREBOARD: Rome & Prague

s=seed, #=rank, *=upset, LL=lucky loser
ranks are for the previous week
How do players get into the "draw"?
Rome, 1st Round, Mon-Tue 1pm WTA stories Mon - Tue
loser's prize: $3,325 US; points: 1
#14 s9 Elena Bovina RUS d #59 Mashona Washington USA 6-2, 6-2 Mon

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Elena's backhand, and Elena after match point

*#60 Maria Elena Camerin ITA d #16 s10 Nathalie Dechy FRA 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 Mon

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Maria Elena's forehand, and Maria Elena after match point

*#40 Anna Smashnova ISR d #18 s11 Elena Likhovtseva RUS 6-1, 6-3 Tue
*#34 Ana Ivanovic SCG d #19 s12 Tatiana Golovin FRA 6-3, 6-4 Tue

    Ana said: "I played against [Tatiana] already twice before, so I know a little bit about how she plays. I just had to play my game, try to do the best."

#20 s13 Silvia Farina Elia ITA d #48 Maria Kirilenko RUS 6-4, 6-1 Mon

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Silvia's forehand, and Silvia waving as she leaves the court after the win

*#33 Flavia Pennetta ITA d #21 s14 Shinobu Asagoe JPN 6-2, 6-3 Tue
#22 s15 Ai Sugiyama JPN d #32 Magdalena Maleeva BUL 6-2, 6-4 Tue
*#111 q Sanda Mamic CRO d #23 s16 Daniela Hantuchova SVK 6-1, 6-2 Tue

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Southpaw Sanda's backhand, and her forehand on the run

#24 Jelena Jankovic SCG d #50 Dally Randriantefy MAD 6(3)-7, 6-2, 6-1 Mon
*#28 Paola Suarez ARG d #25 Karolina Sprem CRO 6-3, 6-0 Mon
#26 Francesca Schiavone ITA d #53 Meghann Shaughnessy 7-5, 6-0 Mon

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Francesca's forehand, and Francesca after match point

#27 Mary Pierce FRA d #52 Shuai Peng CHN 6-1, 7-5 Tue
*#171 q Mara Santangelo ITA d #29 Fabiola Zuluaga COL 6-2, 6-2 Tue

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Mara Santangelo

#37 Gisela Dulko ARG d #64 LL Virginia Ruano Pascual ESP 6-1, 7-5 Tue
*#55 Maria Vento-Kabchi VEN d #39 Virginie Razzano FRA 6-4, 7-6(4) Tue
#42 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP d #63 Alina Jidkova RUS 6-4, 6-1 Mon
#45 Evgenia Linetskaya RUS d #66 wc Tathiana Garbin ITA 6-3, 6-4 Tue
#49 Anna-Lena Groenefeld GER d #94 wc An Serra Zanetti ITA 6-1, 6-2 Mon
#51 Conchita Martinez ESP d #102 q Angela Haynes USA 6-0, 6-1 Tue
#54 Samantha Stosur AUS d #79 q Yuliana Fedak UKR 6-3, 6-3 Mon
*#88 wc Roberta Vinci ITA d #56 Denisa Chladkova CZE 7-6(4), 6-1 Tue

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Roberta Vinci

#61 Anna Chakvetadze RUS d #135 q Lubomira Kurhajcova SVK 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 Mon
*#97 q Catalina Castano COL d #75 q Tatiana Perebiynis UKR 6-3, 6-2 Mon
#100 q Stephanie Cohen-Aloro FRA d #154 wc Nathalie Vierin ITA 2-6, 7-6(4), 6-2 Mon

Rome, 2nd Round, Tue-Wed 1pm WTA story - AAP - AP - Reuters - AFP
loser's prize: $6,500 US; points: 25
#2 s1 Maria Sharapova RUS d #42 A Medina Garrigues ESP 6-4, 6-2 Tue

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Maria's serve, and her backhand

    Best on fast surfaces, Maria has never progressed past the quarterfinals on dirt-- and this is only her 7th clay court tourney. Players trained in Europe, like Anabel, have much more red clay experience. Maria said: "I don't think I played great tennis. I was making too many errors at the beginning of the match. As the match went on, I was feeling a little bit better with my strokes... It's the first match. It's never going to be easy to play a Spaniard that runs and gets everything back. So it's good to get the first one out of the way and move on." AP story

#3 s2 Amelie Mauresmo FRA d #54 Samantha Stosur AUS 6-2, 6-0 Wed

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Amelie Mauresmo

    Amelie appeared in 4 of the last 5 Rome finals, and is last year's champ. Amelie said: "I felt it was close at the beginning, then I put my level up a little higher. 6-2, 6-0 is a great way to start the tournament. I think I played a real claycourt game today, with a lot of spin, and trying also to come in when I was able to, when [Samantha] put the ball a little shorter. I'll try to get that trophy again but it's going to be tough. Obviously, I'll just take it match by match." Reuters story
    Amelie should have a tougher match against # 20 Silvia Farina Elia of Italy on Thursday. Silvia met Amelie in the QFs last year in Rome, and held 2 match points against her before Amelie prevailed.

*#26 Francesca Schiavone ITA d #4 s3 Serena Williams USA 7-6(2), 6-1 Wed

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Francesca & Serena's forehands, and Francesca after match point

    Francesca said: "I feel like Popeye beating Brutus... Today is one of the happiest days of my tennis life. To do this against such a champion as Serena and in front of the Italian public means a lot to me. It's going to be tough to come out again tomorrow, but I'm going to fight to get into the quarterfinals."
    Serena called the loss the worst of her career, apparently not recalling losses such as last year's in Linz to qualifier # 73 Alina Jidkova, 7-6(5) 6-2, to name one. But Serena did not blame the loss on her ankle injury a month ago. Serena said: "I had a really good warm-up. I thought everything would come together but it didn't. I just wasn't moving well. I guess I just had a really bad day. I made too many errors. I didn't feel anything, from my legs or my arms. I've never felt like this before."

*#37 Gisela Dulko ARG d #5 s4 Elena Dementieva RUS 7-5, 6-4 Wed
*#28 Paola Suarez ARG d #7 s5 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS 6-2, 6-4 Tue

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Paola swinging her new Prince Oł Tour during the match, and after match point

    Often ranked # 1 at doubles, Paola reached a career-high singles ranking of # 9 last June, but has been plagued by injuries in 2005, and entered this tourney with a 0-4 record for the year. She defeated # 25 Karolina Sprem in the 1st round yesterday; now she has 2 good wins in a row.

    Paola said: "I thought it would be a more difficult match. This is my first tournament on clay this season. I just took advantage of all [Svetlana's] errors."

#10 s6 Vera Zvonareva RUS d #24 Jelena Jankovic SCG 6-4, 6-1 Wed
#12 s7 Nadia Petrova RUS d #171 q Mara Santangelo ITA 6-3, 6-1 Wed
#13 s8 Patty Schnyder SUI d #49 Anna-Lena Groenefeld GER 6-2, 6-4 Wed
#14 s9 Elena Bovina RUS d #88 wc Roberta Vinci ITA 7-5, 6-2 Wed
#20 s13 Silvia Farina Elia ITA d #100 q Stephanie Cohen-Aloro FRA 6-3, 6-3 Wed

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Silvia Farina Elia

    About her 3rd round match against Amelie Mauresmo, who defeated Silvia in the 2004 Rome QFs, Silvia said: "I played a good match last year, I remember. I'm in good form physically. I'm really ready for tomorrow."

*#45 Evgenia Linetskaya RUS d #33 Flavia Pennetta ITA 6-2, 4-6, 7-6(5) Wed

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Evgenia after match point

#22 s15 Ai Sugiyama JPN d #55 Maria Vento-Kabchi VEN 6-3, 6-0 Wed

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Ai Sugiyama-- Ai's bat is a Prince Tour Harrier 97",
which is sold under that name only in Asia, but which is apparently identical to the More Control DB 800 MP

#27 Mary Pierce FRA d #111 q Sanda Mamic CRO 6-4, 6-4 Wed

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Lefty Sanda's backhand follow-through, and Mary's backhand

#34 Ana Ivanovic SCG d #61 Anna Chakvetadze RUS 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 Wed
*#51 Conchita Martinez ESP d #40 Anna Smashnova ISR 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 Wed

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Conchita Martinez

*#97 q Catalina Castano COL d #60 Maria Elena Camerin ITA 6-2, 6-2 Wed

Rome, 3rd Round, Thu 1pm Reuters story - AP story
loser's prize: $12,775 US; points: 42
#2 s1 Maria Sharapova RUS d #27 Mary Pierce FRA 7-6(4), 6-4

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Maria and Mary's backhands, and Maria after match point

    Maria said: "[Mary] is always a dangerous opponent. She's got a big serve and good groundstrokes and she knows how to play on this surface. But this year I've got a lot more confidence. I'm a completely different player."

#3 s2 Amelie Mauresmo FRA d #20 s13 Silvia Farina Elia ITA 6-4, 6-3

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Silvia awaiting a backhand, and Amelie's forehand

    Amelie said: "I don't think either of us played such great tennis today. [Silvia] was pretty tight, and I just think on the important points in the important games I was a little bit better. But these matches, you know, you have to win. You can't always be 100 per cent on court. It's when you have these not-so-good moments that you have to go through. That's what I did, focusing on the important points."

    Silvia was hampered by an unspecified injury. Silvia said: "I was always in trouble, fighting from behind. I had a very low percentage of first serves, and my second serve wasn't great, either. The court was very hard and I was always playing two meters behind the baseline."

#10 s6 Vera Zvonareva RUS d #97 q Catalina Castano COL 6-1, 5-7, 6-2

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Vera preparing to unleash a backhand

*#51 Conchita Martinez ESP d #12 s7 Nadia Petrova RUS walkover-- right thigh strain
#13 s8 Patty Schnyder SUI d #34 Ana Ivanovic SCG 6-3, 6-2

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Lefty Patty's backhand, and Patty after match point

#14 s9 Elena Bovina RUS d #28 Paola Suarez ARG 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(5)

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Paola's Way-Out Western topspin forehand grip, and Elena's Essentially Eastern grip

*#26 Francesca Schiavone ITA d #22 s15 Ai Sugiyama JPN 6-3, 7-5

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Francesca dropping a backhand bomb after taking off on runway Campo Centrale,
and landing in the quarterfinals after match point

*#45 Evgenia Linetskaya RUS d #37 Gisela Dulko ARG 5-7, 6-4, 6-4

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Gisela showed her usual fine form with her Western grip topspin forehand, but Evgenia prevailed

Rome, QFs, Fri 1pm AP story - Reuters - AFP
loser's prize: $25,050 US; points: 75
#2 s1 Maria Sharapova RUS d #14 s9 Elena Bovina RUS 6-2, 6-2

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Maria's service toss, preparing to hit a smash, and after match point

    The win put Maria into a clay court semi for the first time; she had lost in the 3rd round in Rome last year. Maria said: "A year ago I'd just turned 17 and a lot has happened since then. Having a year to work hard physically has made a big difference. Strength-wise I feel a lot stronger on the court. I can play more matches in a row without getting tired, which is important on clay, where you often get tough matches."

#3 s2 Amelie Mauresmo FRA d #51 Conchita Martinez ESP 6-1, 6-2

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Amelie Mauresmo

    Amelie said: "I think my opponent today had some ups and downs. The first three or four games of the match were very important. [Conchita] had some opportunities early in the first set, which she didn't make, and then I was able to break her first and play some great tennis. I didn't miss, I didn't let her play her top-spin on both sides. I think I was putting a lot of pressure on her. I knew that was the way I had to play because if you spend too much time on court you can easily end up playing her game, and then it's another story."

#10 s6 Vera Zvonareva RUS d #26 Francesca Schiavone ITA 7-5, 7-6(4)

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Vera's service toss, her forehand, and apparently contemplating her upcoming doubles quarterfinal--
Vera & Elena Likhovtseva defeated Gisela Dulko & Maria Vento-Kabchi 3-6, 6-4, 6-2,
making Friday the 13th a very lucky day for Vera

    Vera had trouble with the partisan crowd, all favoring Francesca, getting on her after she questioned some line calls. Vera said: "It's tough, because she had so many people supporting her and in the beginning it hurt me... With the lines, I felt a lot of my balls were going in and the crowd were shouting 'out', 'out', 'out' and I got a little frustrated."
    Vera will play defending Italian Open champ Amelie Mauresmo a SF on Saturday. Vera has her work cut out for her. Amelie leads Vera 6-0 in career matches, and last year in the Rome semis Amelie defeated Vera 6-2, 6-3.
    Vera said: "It's always good to earn a chance to turn things around. We usually have tough matches - we've been to three sets a couple of times. I'll have to give it my best." BBC story

#13 s8 Patty Schnyder SUI d #45 Evgenia Linetskaya RUS 6-1, 6-0

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Another view of Patty's backhand, and Patty after match point

    Patty said: "Sometimes it looks easy, but you have to stay focused right until the last minute because anyone can be dangerous."
    About her semi against Maria Sharapova on Saturday, Patty said: "I have a lot respect for her; her serves and returns are very powerful, but I'm in good shape and my confidence is high."

Rome, SFs, Sat 2:00pm
loser's prize: $49,125 US; points: 135
*#13 s8 Patty Schnyder SUI d #2 s1 Maria Sharapova RUS 3-6, 6-3, 6-1
   career matches: tied 1-1

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Patty's backhand, Maria serving, and Patty after match point

    Patty hit only 24 unforced errors to Maria's 40. Patty said: "When I started I was really tight, my legs were not moving at all. That I could come back and play such a great final set -- I'm really proud of that... I really believe in myself, especially on clay. I know I can beat the top players, I've beaten some number ones, but still you have to do it every week and every day, and that's the challenge... Maria deserves to be No. 1; she's had a great year since her Wimbledon win. But I think on clay she can improve." AP story

    # 2 Maria Sharapova would have become # 1 if she had won the Italian Open. On May 8th, the WTA announced that all Maria had to do was wait, because # 1 Lindsay Davenport has not entered either of the May 15th tourneys in Strasbourg and Istanbul. Lindsay was a finalist in Strasbourg last year, and she lost the points she won there on Monday, May 23. The WTA said then it was "highly likely" Maria would have more points than Lindsay, and be the new # 1. But the WTA did their math wrong, and in the May 23 rankings Lindsay is still # 1, holding a 99-point lead over Maria, 5105 to 5014.

    About the loss, Maria said: "I'm not disappointed... I've had a pretty good preparation [for the French Open, May 23]. I'd rather play well at a grand slam. I just have to be more patient. I have to be ready and willing to hit an extra ball. There are still things I have to learn in tennis. I went for too much at the wrong times. In the third set, especially, I was too anxious to end the point... [Patty is] a very different player than most players on tour. She has sort of an old-style sort of game and moves really, really well. You have to be really, really patient."

#3 s2 Amelie Mauresmo FRA d #10 s6 Vera Zvonareva RUS 6-2, 6-4
   career matches: Amelie leads 7-0

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Amelie's forehand, Vera's backhand, and Amelie after match point

    It is the 5th time in 6 years that Amelie has reached the Rome final; she won the title last year, but lost the other 3 times. Amelie said: "It's always special here in Rome -- I play well, I feel good." Reuters story

Rome, Final, Sun 12:45pm
loser's prize: $ 96,000 US; points: 210
winner's prize: $ 189,000 US; points: 300
#3 s2 Amelie Mauresmo FRA d #13 s8 Patty Schnyder SUI 2-6, 6-3, 6-4

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Patty Schnyder, Amelie Mauresmo

Rome, Doubles Final, Sun 2nd match
losers' prize: $29,000 US
winners' prize: $57,000 US
cdr17 s2 Cara Black & Liezel Huber v cdr83 Maria Kirilenko & Anabel Medina Garrigues 6-0, 4-6, 6-1

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Liezel Huber & Cara Black

Rome, Qual Finals, Sun, May 8
loser's prize: $ 1,700 US
*#100 Stephanie Cohen-Aloro FRA d #64 Virginia Ruano Pascual ESP 3-6, 6-2, 7-5
#75 Tatiana Perebiynis UKR d #92 Emmanuelle Gagliardi SUI 4-6, 6-4, 6-0
#79 Yuliana Fedak UKR d #87 Alyona Bondarenko UKR 6-3, 6-3
*#111 Sanda Mamic CRO d #83 Stephanie Foretz FRA 6-4, 7-5
#97 Catalina Castano COL d Rita Kuti Kis HUN 6-3, 6-2
#102 Angela Haynes USA d #422 Giulia Gabba ITA 4-6, 6-4, 6-0
*#171 Mara Santangelo ITA d #165 Ting Li CHN
#135 Lubomira Kurhajcova SVK d #209 Ad. Serra Zanetti ITA 7-6(5), 2-6, 6-3

Rome, Withdrawals:
#6 Anastasia Myskina RUS r shoulder
#8 Alicia Molik AUS ear infection
#17 Kim Clijsters BEL r knee strain
#35 Na Li CHN r ankle
#125 Chanda Rubin USA chronic l knee
 
Prague, 1st Round, Mon 11am-Tue 10am
loser's prize: $1,000 US; points: 1
#36 s1 Dinara Safina RUS d #188 q Libuše Prušová CZE 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 Tue

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Dinara Safina

#41 s2 Klára Koukalová CZE d #98 q Shahar Peer ISR 6-3, 7-5 Tue

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Klára Koukalová

#46 s3 Jelena Kostanic CRO d #103 Lilia Osterloh USA 6-3, 7-6 Mon
#58 s5 Iveta Benešová CZE d #374 wc Andrea Hlavackova CZE 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 Mon

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Iveta's serve

*#166 Henrieta Nagyova SVK d #68 s6 Tamarine Tanasugarn THA 6-2, 6-4 Mon
*#78 Mariana Diaz-Oliva ARG d #69 s7 Marlene Weingartner GER 6-4, 6-0 Tue
*#93 Jill Craybas USA d #74 s8 Martina Suchá SVK 6-3, 6-2 Tue
*#119 Jamea Jackson USA d #76 s9 A Parra Santonja ESP 6-1, 6-1 Tue

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Jamea Jackson

*#95 Anne Kremer LUX d #80 Barbora Strýcová CZE 6-0, 6-4 Tue
#84 Yoon Yeong Cho KOR d #85 Eleni Daniilidou GRE 6-2, 6-4 Mon
#86 Kristina Brandi PUR d #91 Emilie Loit FRA 6-7, 7-5, 6-1 Tue
*#110 Michaela Pastikova CZE d #96 Ludmila Cervanová SVK 6-1, 3-6, 6-0 Tue

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Michaela Pastikova

#99 Zuzana Ondrášková CZE d #443 wc Jelena Dokic SCG 6-4, 6-1 Tue
#104 Nicole Pratt AUS d #139 LL Yvonne Meusburger AUT 6-4, 6-1 Tue
*#118 q Laura Pous Tio ESP d #134 Anastasiya Yakimova BLR 6-1, 7-5 Tue
*NR Maja Matevzic SLO d #176 q Meilen Tu USA 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 Tue


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During a changeover, Iveta Benesova and Dinara Safina discussed diseconomies of scale in the provision of public goods
as they defeated Michaella Krajicek and Henrieta Nagyova 6-4, 7-5 in the 1st round of doubles on Wednesday

Prague, 2nd Round, Wed-Thu 11am
loser's prize: $1,825 US; points: 12
#36 s1 Dinara Safina RUS d #110 Michaela Pastikova CZE 6-2, 6-2 Thu

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Dinara serving

#41 s2 Klára Koukalová CZE d NR Maja Matevzic SLO 6-3, 3-0 retired Wed
*#99 Zuzana Ondrášková CZE d #46 s3 Jelena Kostanic CRO 7-5, 7-5 Wed

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Zuzana Ondrášková

#58 s5 Iveta Benešová CZE d #95 Anne Kremer LUX 5-7, 6-4, 6-1 Thu

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Iveta serving

#78 Mariana Diaz-Oliva ARG d #104 Nicole Pratt AUS 6-2, 6-1 Wed
*#93 Jill Craybas USA d #84 Yoon Yeong Cho KOR 7-5, 6-4 Wed
#86 Kristina Brandi PUR d #119 Jamea Jackson USA 6-2, 6-3 Thu
#118 q Laura Pous Tio ESP d #166 Henrieta Nagyova SVK 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 Thu

Prague, QFs, Fri
loser's prize: $3,400 US; points: 24
#36 s1 Dinara Safina RUS d #58 s5 Iveta Benešová CZE 6-1, 6-4
#41 s2 Klára Koukalová CZE d #93 Jill Craybas USA 6-3, 6-4

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Klara after match point

*#99 Zuzana Ondrášková CZE d #78 Mariana Diaz-Oliva ARG 7-5, 6-2

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Zuzana Ondrášková

*#118 q Laura Pous Tio ESP d #86 Kristina Brandi PUR 63 62

Prague, SFs, Sat 11:30am
loser's prize: $6,300 US; points: 43
#36 s1 Dinara Safina RUS d #118 q Laura Pous Tio ESP 4-6, 6-2, 7-5

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Dinara's forehand, and Dinara after match point

*#99 Zuzana Ondrášková CZE d #41 s2 Klára Koukalová CZE 6-2, 6-2

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Zuzana Ondrášková

Prague, Final, Sun
loser's prize: $12,000 US; points: 67
winner's prize: $22,000 US; points: 95
#36 s1 Dinara Safina RUS d #99 Zuzana Ondrášková CZE 7-6(2), 6-3

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Dinara Safina

Prague, Doubles Final, Sat-Sun 11am
losers' prize: $6,500 US
winners' prize: $3,475 US
cdr73 s2 Emilie Loit & Nicole Pratt d cdr121 Jelena Kostanic & Barbora Strycova 6-7(6), 6-4, 6-4

Prague, Qual Finals, Mon May 9
loser's prize: $550 US
#98 Shahar Peer ISR d #139 Yvonne Meusburger AUT 6-3, 6-1
#118 Laura Pous Tio ESP d #289 Victoria Azarenka BLR 6-3, 6-2
*#188 Libuše Prušová CZE d #156 Sybille Bammer AUT 6-3, 6-4
#176 Meilen Tu USA d #210 Olga Blahotová CZE 6-2, 0-6, 6-4

Prague, Withdrawals
#57 s4 Nuria Llagostera Vives ESP right quadriceps strain
#67 Kveta Peschke CZE
#82 Maria Sanchez Lorenzo ESP
#118 Camille Pin FRA
#124 Severine Beltrame FRA

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