2005 Warsaw & Estoril WTA Singles Results     Justine Henin-Hardenne & Lucie Safarova, Champions

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  WTA: Apr 25-May 1 2005

J&S Cup, Warsaw, POL Tier II
$585,000 - 28 players - outdoor: red clay
Warszawianka Sports Club
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# 3 Amelie Mauresmo, # 7 Svetlana Kuznetsova
# 10 Vera Zvonareva, # 13 Patty Schnyder

Estoril Open, Estoril, POR Tier IV
$140,000 - 32 players - outdoor: red clay
Estadio Nacional - (ATP also)
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results - order of play
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# 31 Flavia Pennetta, # 38 Dinara Safina
# 39 Gisela Dulko, # 41 Na Li

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Warsaw:
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#22 Justine Henin-Hardenne
5' 5", 126 lbs, RH, 1H-BH
Estoril:
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#154 Lucie Safarova
5' 9", 141 lbs, LH, 2H-BH
    In Warsaw on Sunday, in the final of the J&S Cup, 22-year-old unseeded # 22 Justine Henin-Hardenne from Marloie, Belgium, defeated 19-year-old 2nd(top)-seeded # 7 Svetlana Kuznetsova from St. Petersburg, Russia, 3-6, 6-2, 7-5 (Justine is shown with the hardware). It was Justine's 11th match victory in a row, and her 2nd tourney win in a row. Justine now leads Svetlana 6-1 in career matches.
    Justine said: "It was a great battle at the end of the match. It’s been only for [Svetlana] in the first set and only for me in the second, and finally in the third set we saw a good match, a good fight... It was very hard for me in the beginning. She was hitting the ball very hard. She’s very powerful, especially with her forehand, and I was really defensive... It’s good that I’ve got a lot of matches, that was the main goal. Now I have a couple of matches on clay, and that gives me a lot of confidence before the French Open. And I hope next week in Berlin I will still have other matches... I think I can still do better, and that's what I have to be focused on. I have to be aggressive so I don't have long rallies like I did today." WTA story - AP story
    Svetlana said: "I’d like to know how it happened, that I lost it. The match could have gone so many ways. The first set was the best I ever played in this tournament, just unbelievable. I was running down all the balls and serving well. But at the end of the set I pulled my leg, and I wasn’t moving so well in the second set. At 4-1 I had it taped, and [Justine] also served much better in the second set. I couldn’t stay with her on the same level... In the third set, she got used to my serve and I couldn't change it. It became a game of mental strength and a game of experience. I feel disappointed with losing, but I'm happy because I didn't play so well at the start of the season."

    Meanwhile in Estoril, Portugal, 18-year-old lefty qualifier # 154 Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic defeated 23-year-old 4th-seeded # 41 Na Li of China 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-3 to win her 1st WTA singles title (Lucie is shown after match point). Lucie and Na had never played before.
    Lucie said: "It's amazing. It's just great. My expectations coming into the tournament were to get into the main draw and I wouldn't have been mad with myself if I'd have just won one match... I was getting more tired and tired. After the first set my legs were heavy and I couldn't move so well. But I wanted to win the tournament so much that I tried to do everything I could. I was really nervous, and I was serving a lot of double faults [13 for the match]. But I told myself: 'Come on, you have to do it.'" WTA story

    Justine Henin-Hardenne, born in Liege, now lives in Marloie (in the French-speaking part of Belgium). Justine is now 21-10 in WTA singles finals, including 3 Grand Slams. Justine obtained her hyphen by marrying Pierre-Yves Hardenne, she wears "The Mark with 3 Stripes" (down their back since last year, a fashion gaffe by the sons of Adi Dassler), and swings a Wilson bat. Justine's Wilson is now the "nTour" model, a control racket 27.25" long, available with either a 95 or 105 sq." head, 10.8 or 10.4 ounces strung, balanced 1 point head-heavy, with a stiffness rating of about 61. They run about $200; Lindsay Davenport & Justine get theirs free.
    At the Family Circle Cup in April, 2004, Justine felt lightheaded and withdrew without playing a match. Hypoglycemia was thought to be the cause. It was found that she had cytomegalovirus, an illness akin to chickenpox and mononucleosis, that causes fever, chills, and fatigue. Justine took time to recover, then missed Wimbledon after being upset by Tathiana Garbin at Roland Garros, still feeling weak. After returning to play to win the Olympic gold medal, she lost to Nadia Petrova in the 4th round of the US Open, still feeling ill, and sat out the rest of the season. Justine was sidelined again at the start of 2005 by a small broken bone in her knee, and did not return to play until the NASDAQ-100 in Miami in March. On April 17, in only her 2nd tourney back, Justine won the 2005 Family Circle Cup title.
    Justine has been coached since she was 14 by Carlos Rodriguez, and has also been coached by Pat Etcheberry.
Henin-Hardenne record
Justine Henin-Hardenne Wallpaper

    Svetlana Kuznetsova was born in St. Petersburg, Russia and still resides there (during the few weeks a year she is not globe-trotting on the tour, or training in Spain). She has won 5 WTA singles titles (including the 2004 US Open) in 10 finals, but this was the first final she has reached in 2005. Svetlana swings a brand new Head Flexpoint Instinct bat (having recently switched from their older Liquidmetal Instinct model). The Flexpoint Instinct is not expected to be available for sale to the public until July, (the Flexpoint Radical is available now). She is attired in Fila togs. Receiving her tennis training at the Sanchez-Casal Academy near Barcelona, Spain, Svetlana has been coached by Emilio Sanchez, Stefan Ortega, and others. Svetlana is also a top doubles player, but did not enter the doubles in Warsaw this year.
Kuznetsova record

    18-year-old Lucie Safarova from Brno, Czech Republic, (5' 9", 141 lbs, LH 2H-BH) is now 1-0 in WTA singles finals; she has won 4 ITF singles titles.
    23-year-old Na Li from Wuhan, Hubei, China (5' 7", 137 lbs, RH 2H-BH) has won 1 WTA singles title, in Guangzhou, China last year (her only previous WTA final), but has won 19 singles and 16 doubles titles in ITF tourneys. In the 2nd round at Beijing in 2004, Na lost to US Open champ Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-3, 6-7(6), 7-6(3), after which Svetlana said: "I was lucky to win. I needed to pick it up at the end to win. It was one of my toughest matches this year. It felt like I was playing a top 5 player."

Warsaw:
    The J&S website says they have live Internet TV this year. They link to TV Poland. At the TVP website the pages are in Polish only, and there is no apparent link to video. The Polish-English machine translation website, Poltran, is now functioning again, and though it is difficult to understand the TVP pages even with the translations, it unfortunately appears that the Internet broadcast is part of a subscription service.
    The main draw for Warsaw was rearranged on Monday when top seed Amelie Mauresmo withdrew due an abdominal strain, as did Meghann Shaughnessy (back trouble) and Anna-Lena Groenefeld (knee). This gave Elena Bovina a 1st-round bye, moved Francesca Schiavone up to 9th seed, and put the 3 highest ranked losers in the qualifying finals into the main draw as "lucky losers."
    The main draw for Warsaw had 8 seeds, with 4 1st-round byes. There were 4 qualifiers and 3 wild cards in the main draw. Qualifying finals were on Monday.
    Warsaw time is GMT (UCT, ZULU) + 2 hours (US Pacific Daylight Time +9, EDT +6). Early round play begins at 11am local time. Warsaw has live scoring by points, with statistics.

    The J&S website has an excellent photo gallery, with good-sized pics, which you can search from here, by player name, with the form below. Results will include pics from this year and previous years.
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Estoril:
    Most cameras in Portugal apparently only work when pointed at ATP players. As of Thursday, Yahoo! had posted about 40 photos of ATP players in Estoril this week, and 2 pics of WTA players-- both of Jelena Dokic losing, and 1 of them was just of her feet.

    The main draw for Estoril was also revised on Monday, due to the withdrawals of Spanish Fed Cup 1st round winners Anabel Medina Garrigues and Nuria Llagostera Vives, who both needed to get off their legs for a while.
    The main draw for Estoril had 8 seeds, with NO 1st-round byes. There were 4 qualifiers and 2 wild cards in the main draw. Qualifying finals were on Monday.
    Estoril time is GMT (UCT, ZULU) + 1 hour (US Pacific Daylight Time +8, EDT +5). Estoril has the good ATP live scoring by points.

WTA SCOREBOARD: Warsaw & Estoril

s=seed, #=rank, *=upset, LL=lucky loser
ranks are for the previous week
How do players get into the "draw"?
Warsaw, 1st Rnd, Tue
loser's prize: $4,025 US; points: 1
#15 s6 Nathalie Dechy FRA d #30 Magdalena Maleeva BUL 6-4, 6-4

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Nathalie Dechy

#17 wc s7 Kim Clijsters BEL d #77 LL Tatiana Perebiynis UKR 7-5, 6-7(5), 6-1

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Kim's forehand, and her press conference face, including Jean Harlow dimple

    Kim said: "My first match on clay is always tough and I definitely didn't feel comfortable out there today. It was a battle, but I'm happy I got through and have a chance to hopefully play better in my next match and improve the things that didn't work today... At times, I was serving well and putting a lot of pressure on her, but at other times I was rushing into things. This is a completely different surface and I don't think it suits my game. Mentally, I think I have to prepare myself for that. It's tough out there on clay and I feel I have to try 10 times harder than I have to on hard courts, or grass even. Pushing off is a lot tougher for me, and especially today because the court was a little softer." WTA story

#19 s8 Silvia Farina Elia ITA d #112 LL Michaela Pastikova CZE 6-2, 6-0

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Silvia, like many others, dressed to stay warm--
the forecast for Wednesday was 61F & cloudy

*#58 Maria Vento-Kabchi VEN d #20 s9 Francesca Schiavone ITA 5-1 retired-- left thigh strain
#22 Justine Henin-Hardenne BEL d #56 LL Denisa Chladkova CZE 6-2, 6-2

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Justine's forehand, and lining up a 1-handed backhand

    Justine said: "[The win] gave me a lot of confidence for sure, but here the [red clay] court is so different. It's almost like another surface. It was very dry and very slippery [on the green clay in Charleston]. Here, it's heavy so it's a different kind of play... It was a good match from my point of view. Even if I served a couple of double-faults, I served pretty good. There were a couple of aces and I was aggressive when I had to be." AP story

#25 Daniela Hantuchova SVK d #292 wc Karolina Kosinska POL 6-4, 7-5

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Daniela awaiting Karolina's serve, and awaiting the questions afterward

#35 Anna Smashnova ISR d #42 Klara Koukalova CZE 7-5, 7-5
*#63 wc Marta Domachowska POL d #36 Virginie Razzano FRA 7-6(4), 7-5

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Marta Domachowska

#37 Ana Ivanovic SCG d #61 Martina Sucha SVK 6-0, 6-0

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Ana Ivanovic

*#115 q Zuzana Ondraskova CZE d #48 Vera Douchevina RUS 6-3, 6-4

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Zuzana Ondraskova

*#55 q Maria Kirilenko RUS d #54 Iveta Benesova CZE 6-1, 6-2

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Maria staying warm between games

*#260 q Julia Vakulenko UKR d #65 q Anna Chakvetadze RUS 7-6(5), 6-1

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Julia Vakulenko


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Tina Krizan & Ana Ivanovic invented a strange new dance during their
doubles match against Lisa McShea & Maria Vento-Kabchi on Wednesday,
but won the match anyway, 6-2, 6-4

Warsaw, 2nd Round, Wed-Thu WTA Wed story - WTA Thu story
loser's prize: $7,600 US; points: 25
#7 s2 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS d #35 Anna Smashnova ISR 6-2, 4-6, 6-0 Wed

    About losing the 2nd set, Svetlana said: "I was trying to win points too fast. I had to play longer points and I wasn't ready for that mentally. In the third set, I just played my normal game and that was it." AP story

*#37 Ana Ivanovic SCG d #10 s3 Vera Zvonareva RUS 6-2, 6-4 Thu

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Vera's serve, Ana's backhand

    Ana also defeated a top-10 player, # 7 Svetlana Kuznetsova, last month in Miami. About todays's win Ana said: "I just tried to play my game, to attack [Vera] and get a little bit into the court and get her on the move and I think I did that pretty well. I'm really happy the way it went today."
    About her rise through the ranks, Ana said: "It's taken a lot of work. I've practiced very hard the last few months, and I'm pretty happy to see the results so fast. Now, I'm going to practice even harder to continue to improve my game."

#13 s4 Patty Schnyder SUI d #260 q Julia Vakulenko UKR 6-2, 6-4 Thu

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Patty appeared to have a new coach on Wednesday, but he was training her in
a different sport entirely, and demonstrating WTA sponsor Whirlpool's gear.
On Thursday Patty burned off the extra calories by defeating Julie in the cool Warsaw weather.

    Patty Schnyder has begun making online diary entries at WTATour.com. In her entry for Thursday, Patty said: "With drizzling rain, tracksuit and long-sleeved shirt we started our match at 5pm. Play was once suspended, when I was 5:2 up! Now we worried not only because of the rain but also the darkness.
    "Back on court a drunken fan started whistling and making funny noises during my ball toss! Result: two doubles faults and my first break!! So I asked the umpire to seat him elsewhere! Security did a great job. I was very pleased to finish the match with a two-set win, when the next surprise waited for me: Doping test!..." Patty's online diary entry

#14 s5 Elena Bovina RUS d #25 Daniela Hantuchova SVK 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 Wed

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Elena's forehand, Daniela looking concerned, and Elena
during a post-match TV interview

#15 s6 Nathalie Dechy FRA d #63 wc Marta Domachowska POL 6-4, 7-6(4) Thu

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Nathalie trying to keep warm, and enjoying the fresh, clean smell of her towel,
undoubtedly recently laundered in a Whirlpool washing machine,
Marta congratulating Nathalie, and Nathalie after the match

#17 wc s7 Kim Clijsters BEL d #55 q Maria Kirilenko RUS 6-2, 6-1 Wed

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Kim lining up a slice backhand, Maria preparing to serve, and Kim
pointing out her most important piece of equipment to the press

    Kim said: "I was seeing the ball a little better and didn't make all those unforced errors. In my mind as well, I was positive, focused and it was definitely a big step forward compared to yesterday. It still feels very far away from the last few matches that I played in America. I hope I can have the same level I had in Indian Wells and Miami, but that’s tough because the situation is completely different. But I’ll definitely work hard and try to improve with each match and take with me what I learn from the previous matches...
    "I need to work most on my movement. I’m not saying I move bad on clay, but I don’t feel as comfortable on it. Pushing off is a lot tougher and I prefer to have the firm ground when as soon as I slide I can push back off. That’s one of the advantages I have, that I’m strong enough to do that on the hardcourt. On the clay court, it’s tougher. You push off but keep sliding."

#19 s8 Silvia Farina Elia ITA d #115 q Zuzana Ondraskova CZE 6-1, 6-2 Wed

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Silvia practiced her serve on Wednesday, her 33rd birthday

#22 Justine Henin-Hardenne BEL d #58 Maria Vento-Kabchi VEN 6-3, 7-5 Thu

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Justine's outstanding backhand

    About the cold weather, Justine said: "It was very tough conditions. When I woke up this morning, I knew it was going to be hard, because it was very difficult to hit the ball hard and be aggressive...
    "I know [Maria] can be dangerous, especially in these kinds of conditions because you have to be aggressive when you play her. I lost my concentration for sure in the second set, but I just kept a good attitude, I kept fighting and finally I came through with very good serves at the end of the match."


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At the player party on Wednesday night, Maria Kirilenko & Vera Douchevina
were bundled up to keep warm while plotting Russian tennis world domination,
and Kim Clijsters & Svetlana Kuznetsova did likewise on behalf of their tailor, Fila


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Tatiana Perebiynis and her partner Barbora Strycova eliminated hometown favorite
Marta Domachowska and her partner Maria Kirilenko from the doubles competition on Friday;
Tatiana & Barbora won the semifinal match 3-6, 6-1, 6-3

Warsaw, QFs, Fri WTA story
loser's prize: $14,100 US; points: 49
#7 s2 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS d #19 s8 Silvia Farina Elia ITA 6-3, 6-4

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Svetlana's forehand is her primary weapon

*#37 Ana Ivanovic SCG d #15 s6 Nathalie Dechy FRA 7-6(2), 6-4

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Ana during the match, and alerting the media afterward

*#22 Justine Henin-Hardenne BEL d #13 s4 Patty Schnyder SUI 6-1, 6-2

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Justine's fine forehand

    Justine said: "I think I was very focused today. From the first point to the end I really concentrated on what I had to do, be aggressive and not give [Patty] too much time because she likes to have time to organize her game."

*#17 wc s7 Kim Clijsters BEL d #14 s5 Elena Bovina RUS 7-6(4), 6-3

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Elena and Kim serving, and Kim deluged by autograph-seekers on her way offcourt after the match

    Kim said: "I’ve always liked to play against [Elena], especially on hardcourts. It’s fun to have someone just take it at you and try and battle through it. Clay is a bit of a different situation, but I still enjoyed today’s match. I felt there were a few good things out there and that’s what I’m going to take with me to my next match."

Warsaw, SFs, Sat 12:30pm Reuters story
loser's prize: $26,500 US; points: 88
#7 s2 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS d #17 wc s7 Kim Clijsters BEL 2-6, 6-2, 6-3

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Svetlana serving, and Kim congratulating her after the match

    Svetlana said: "This is my best tennis this year. I'm really excited about it because I didn't start the season how I would like. I can't say I played horrible but I couldn't get the results I wanted. I was playing just right but I've worked hard and I'm playing better now.
    "Today, I was tense in the first set and in the second set I started to be more relaxed and to play my game and not expect mistakes from [Kim]. I started to go for my forehand and just enjoy the tennis. I think we played a great match."

    Kim said: "This was the first match on clay where I've felt comfortable. I can take a lot of positive things out of it and although I lost I'm the most satisfied with this match out of the whole week."
    Kim's serve was slowed by a sore shoulder. Kim said: "I served well today but I wasn't serving as hard as in the previous matches. So that's something I tried to focus on, that I put my first serve in. I'm going to Berlin tonight and I'll have some treatment there. I have to look after it. I think it's just because of the clay and the balls are a little heavier here. I'll have to make sure I do all my exercises and build it up a little better. But it should be okay for next week."

#22 Justine Henin-Hardenne BEL d #37 Ana Ivanovic SCG 6-4, 7-5

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A backhand volley from Justine, Ana's 2-handed backhand follow-through,
Justine winding up for her 1-handed backhand, and Justine after match point

    Justine said: "It was a good fight and maybe I should have won the match earlier, but [Ana] kept fighting. I was playing much better in the second set but couldn't finish the points, but I was pleased with the reaction I had, to stay focused and keep fighting. Maybe two years ago I would have lost this second set."

    Ana said: "I think I didn't move that well today. I made a lot of mishits on both backhand and forehand, and I think I should have got more into the court and put [Justine] under pressure. But it was a great experience and I think I had my chances in both sets. Unfortunately, I didn't use them, but it's something to work on and I'm looking forward to the next match."

Warsaw, Final, Sun 1pm
loser's prize: $49,500 US; points: 137
winner's prize: $93,000 US; points: 195
*#22 Justine Henin-Hardenne BEL d #7 s2 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS 3-6, 6-2, 7-5

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Justine hitting a backhand, Svetlana congratulating Justine,
and Justine after the match, on her way to the freeway on ramp
to see if she can pick up a ride to Berlin for next week's tourney

Warsaw, Doubles Final, Sun
loser's prize: $15,600 US
winner's prize: $29,000 US
cdr179 Tatiana Perebiynis & Barbora Strycova d cdr315 Klaudia Jans & Alicja Rosolska 6-1, 6-4

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Barbora Strycova, up front, and Tatiana Perebiynis on the baseline


Warsaw, Qual Finals, Mon Apr 25
#55 Maria Kirilenko RUS d #112 Michaela Pastikova CZE 2-6, 6-1, 6-4
*#260 Julia Vakulenko UKR d #56 Denisa Chladkova CZE 7-6(6), 6-4
#65 Anna Chakvetadze RUS d #113 Silvija Talaja CRO 6-2, 6-1
*#115 Zuzana Ondraskova CZE d #77 Tatiana Perebiynis UKR 6-2, 6-3

Warsaw, Withdrawals
#3 s1 Amelie Mauresmo FRA abdominal strain
#47 Anna-Lena Groenefeld GER r knee t-itis
#53 Meghann Shaughnessy USA low back
 
Estoril, 1st Round, Mon-Tue
loser's prize: $1,000 US; points: 1
*#221 q Olga Savchuk UKR d #31 s1 Flavia Pennetta ITA 6-3, 7-6(8) Tue
#38 s2 Dinara Safina RUS d #76 Claudine Schaul LUX 6-2, 6-1 ppd Wed
#39 s3 Gisela Dulko ARG d #93 Stephanie Foretz FRA 7-6(2), 6-2 Tue
#41 s4 Na Li CHN d #101 S Cohen-Aloro FRA 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 Tue
#51 s6 Dally Randriantefy MAD d #506 wc Neuza Silva POR 6-2, 6-2 Mon
*#154 q Lucie Safarova CZE d #64 s8 V Ruano Pascual ESP 7-5, 6-7(3), 6-0 Tue
#69 s9 Jie Zheng CHN d #161 q Henrieta Nagyova SVK 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 Tue
*#88 Ludmila Cervanova SVK d #75 s10 Arantxa Parra Santonja ESP 6-4, 6-0 Tue
#82 Alyona Bondarenko UKR d #447 Jelena Dokic YUG 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 Mon

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Alyona Bondarenko, Jelena Dokic

    Jelena said: "I'm not so frustrated, more disappointed. When I was able to rally and put pressure on [Alyona], I was winning – but I couldn't keep that up... It was all up and down for me, but that happens. I have to learn from this and try to move on. I had my chances and I didn't take them – I beat myself today." Sydney Advertiser story
    Onetime WTA #4 Jelena is now considering stepping down to ITF Challenger tourneys, the WTA's "minor league," to gain match time and confidence. Jelena said: "I wouldn't say I would like to go down to Challenger events, but matches wise and confidence wise it could be a good thing." Reuters story

*#164 q Martina Muller GER d #81 Marta Marrero ESP 6-4, 6-4 Tue
#83 Mariana Diaz-Oliva ARG d #340 wc Melanie Gloria CAN 6-1, 6-1 Tue
#87 Maria Sanchez-Lorenzo ESP d #103 Lilia Osterloh USA 0-6, 7-5, 6-1
*#108 Nicole Pratt AUS d #90 Antonella Serra Zanetti ITA 2-6, 6-1, 6-1 Mon
*#120 Michaella Krajicek NED d #99 Severene Beltrame FRA 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 Tue
#106 Jill Craybas USA d #206 LL Magda Mihalache ROM 6-3, 6-1 Tue
*#227 LL Katerina Bondarenko UKR d #127 LL Melinda Czink HUN 7-5, 6-3 Tue

Estoril, 2nd Round, Wed-Thu
loser's prize: $1,825 US; points: 12
#38 s2 Dinara Safina RUS d #227 LL Katerina Bondarenko UKR 6-2, 6-2 Thu

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Dinara Safina

#39 s3 Gisela Dulko ARG d #82 Alyona Bondarenko UKR 6-2, 6-3 Wed
#41 s4 Na Li CHN d #108 Nicole Pratt AUS 7-5, 6-1 Wed
#51 s6 Dally Randriantefy MAD d #87 M Sanchez-Lorenzo ESP 4-6, 6-0, 6-2 Wed
#69 s9 Jie Zheng CHN d #164 q Martina Muller GER 6-3, 6-4 Wed
*#106 Jill Craybas USA d #88 Ludmila Cervanova SVK 6-4, 6-1 Thu
#83 Mariana Diaz-Oliva ARG d #221 q Olga Savchuk UKR 6-2, 6-3 Thu
*#154 q Lucie Safarova CZE d #120 Michaella Krajicek NED 3-6, 7-6(6), 7-5 Thu

Estoril, QFs, Fri
loser's prize: $3,400 US; points: 24
#38 s2 Dinara Safina RUS d #106 Jill Craybas USA 6-4, 6-2
#39 s3 Gisela Dulko ARG d #69 s9 Jie Zheng CHN 6-2, 6-1

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Gisela Dulko

#41 s4 Na Li CHN d #51 s6 Dally Randriantefy MAD 6-3, 6-1
*#154 q Lucie Safarova CZE d #83 Mariana Diaz-Oliva ARG 6-2, 4-6, 6-1

Estoril, SFs, Sat noon
loser's prize: $6,300 US; points: 43
*#41 s4 Na Li CHN d #38 s2 Dinara Safina RUS 6-1, 6-1

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Dinara unhappy with her play, and Na delivering a backhand

    Dinara was upset with her play, and intends to return to her previous coach. Dinara said: "Even before this tournament I was thinking of going back to my Russian coach [Alexander Zlatoustov] and now I'm telling him I am breaking it off [with current coach Lars Wahlgren, a Swede]... After the Australian Open, my Russian coach broke up with me because I wasn't listening to him. My agents offered me Lars and I said yes because I needed a coach... We are not working on what I need to improve. I need to work on my serve and my forehand and I need to work to improve but I'm not improving, I'm getting worse." Reuters story

*#154 q Lucie Safarova CZE d #39 s3 Gisela Dulko ARG 7-6(3), 6-0

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Gisela's high-topspin forehand, and Lucie's lefty 2-handed backhand

Estoril, Final, Sun noon
loser's prize: $12,000 US; points: 67
winner's prize: $22,000 US; points: 95
*#154 q Lucie Safarova CZE d #41 s4 Na Li CHN 6(4)-7, 6-4, 6-3

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Lucie lining up a slice backhand, and displaying her new glassware

Estoril, Doubles Final, Sat
loser's prize: $3,475 US
winner's prize: $6,500 US
cdr105 s3 Ting Li & Tian Tian Sun d cdr339 Michaela Krajicek & Henrieta Nagyova 6-3, 6-1

Estoril, Qual Finals, Mon Apr 25 11am
*#221 Olga Savchuk UKR d #127 Melinda Czink HUN 6-3, 6-0
#154 Lucie Safarova CZE d #227 Katerina Bondarenko UKR 3-6, 7-6(3), 6-4
#161 Henrieta Nagyova SVK d #206 Magda Mihalache ROM 7-5, 6-2
#164 Martina Muller GER d #212 Adriana Serra Zanetti ITA 6-2, 6-3

Estoril, Withdrawals
#43 s5 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP right knee tendonitis
#44 Lisa Raymond USA
#57 s7 Nuria Llagostera Vives ESP upper right leg
#68 Tamarine Tanasugarn THA
#70 Marlene Weingartner GER low back
#91 Emilie Loit FRA
#139 Sandra Kloesel GER change of schedule

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