2011 Doha & Acapulco WTA Singles Results    

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Qatar Total Open, Doha, Qatar
PREMIER $721,000 28/32q/16d
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#2 C Wozniacki, #3 V Zvonareva
#4 F Schiavone, #7 Na Li

Abierto Mexicano, Acapulco, MEX
INTL $220,000 32m/32q/16d
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#34 J Goerges, #49 P Hercog
#59 G Arn, #60 G Dulko
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Doha:
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#3 Vera Zvonareva
5' 7¾" 130½lb RH 2H-BH
Acapulco:
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#60 Gisela Dulko
5' 7" 123½lb RH 2H-BH

    On Saturday at Doha, Qatar, in the final of the Qatar Total Open, the 2009 and 2010 Pattaya champion (and 2010 US Open and Wimbledon finalist), 26-year-old 2nd seeded #3 (career-high: #2) Vera Zvonareva from Moscow, Russia, defeated last week's champion at Dubai, 20-year-old top seeded #2 (on the drawsheet, #1 this week) Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark (residence: Monte Carlo, Monaco), 6-4, 6-4 (Vera is shown with the gold falcon of the Qatar Tennis Federation after the match).

    Vera's prize is #111,000; Caroline's is $60,700.

    The match lasted over one hour and forty-eight minutes. Vera struck 3 aces with 3 double faults, and scored on four of the ten break points she reached against Caroline; Caro hit 2 aces with 2 DFs, and converted only 2 of the 6 break points she held against Vera. Vera scored 78 points in the match; Caroline, 73.

    Vera said: "Caroline is #1 and playing very well. I was just fighting for every point and trying to go for my shots. This is definitely a special moment for me, especially after that tough match against Daniela and another great one against Jelena. I have so many fans here it's unbelievable. Because of them I was able to come through this week." WTA story

    Caroline said: "I'm always disappointed to lose but I played a great competitor today. Vera played a great match and a great tournament. I'm happy to be in the finals; it was another great tournament for me and I always enjoy being back in Doha. I will be back next year for sure."

    The match raised Vera's record against Caroline to 4-4 in career matches. Caro had won the last two times that they have played. Their previous meeting was last year, in the semifinals of the 2010 WTA Championships—on the same Plexipave hardcourt in Doha—when Caroline defeated Vera 7-5, 6-0.

    Vera is now 11-16 in WTA singles finals; she won last year at Pattaya City, and reached the finals at Wimbledon, Flushing Meadows, Beijing, Montreal, and Charleston. Vera's 2011 singles match record is 13-4.

    2009 US Open finalist Caroline is now 13-9 in WTA singles finals; she won last week at Dubai, and last year at Beijing, Tokyo, New Haven, Montreal, Copenhagen, and Ponte Vedra Beach. Caroline has a 14-3 singles match record this season, with eight of her wins coming in the past two weeks.

    In Acapulco on Saturday, in the final of the Abierto Mexicano, the 2008 champ at Fès, 26-year-old 4th seeded #60 (career high: #26) Gisela Dulko from Buenos Aires, Argentina, defeated 28-year-old 6th seeded #63 (career high: #46) Arantxa Parra Santonja from Barcelona, Spain, 6-3, 7-6(5) (Gisela is shown with hardware and haberdashery after the match).

    The victory made Gisela the first Argentine player ever to win the WTA Mexican Open. Gisela's prize is $37,000; Arantxa's is $19,000.

    Gisela said: "Finals are always special and we were both nervous in the first set, but after that I was playing much better.
    "[Late in the 2nd set] I started to get a bit nervous again and Arantxa started playing so well. I was three set points down. At the end I ended up winning, so I'm really happy...
    "I love this tournament but I was always struggling here. I felt great this week though, on and off the court. I couldn't go to the beach too much though, so I'll try to do that tomorrow morning before I leave." WTA story

    Gisela and Arantxa had met only once before, on red clay in a qualifying match in Estoril in 2003, when 20 year old #165 Arantxa defeated 18 year old #158 Gisela, 6-3, 6-4.

    Gisela, winner of 17 WTA doubles titles and currently #1 in the world at doubles (partnered with Flavia Pennetta, who played in Doha this week) is now 4-4 in WTA singles finals; she reached the Bastad final last year, and won at Fes in 2008 and at Budapest and Forest Hills in 2007. Gisela got off to a slow start in singles this year, and is now 5-2 this season, with all her wins coming in the past week.

    Arantxa is now 0-2 in WTA singles finals; she reached the Estoril final last year. Arantxa has won 10 ITF singles titles, 3 WTA doubles titles, and 8 ITF doubles titles. Arantxa's 2011 singles match record is 5-6.

WTA SCOREBOARD: Doha & Acapulco
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Qatar Open,  Doha, Qatar

 
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    Doha: The main draw for Doha has 8 seeds, with 4 1st-round byes. There are 4 qualifiers and 4 wild cards in the main draw. Qualifying finals are on Monday.
 

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    Khalifa Tennis Complex opened on December 16, 1992. Expanded for the 2008-2010 WTA Championships, centre court holds 6,911 spectators. There are 27 outer courts.

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2011: On Monday in Doha, Vera Zvonareva, Na Li, Francesca Schiavone, and Caroline Wozniacki addressed the press and left
their palmprints for posterity (although she appears to be doing a Donald Duck impression, Caro is shown with her palms in the pan)...
Doha, 1st Rd, Mon-Tue 3:30pm
losers' prize: $5,200 US; points: 1
#8 s5 Jelena Jankovic SRB d #387 wc Fatima Al Nabhani OMA 6-1, 6-3 Tue

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Fatima serving, and Jelena following a forehand

*#29 Daniela Hantuchova SVK d #9 s6 Victoria Azarenka BLR 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 Tue

    Daniela said: "It was a tough match today. I knew I had the confidence and the experience to come back even after losing the first set." AFP story

*#35 Lucie Safarova CZE d #10 s7 Agnieszka Radwanska POL 7-6(3), 6-3 Mon

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Lucie driving a forehand

#11 s8 Shahar Peer ISR d #23 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS 6-2, 6-4 Tue

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Shahar and Svetlana following backhand and forehand

#17 Marion Bartoli FRA d #22 Alisa Kleybanova RUS 7-5, 6-2 Mon

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Marion serving

#18 Flavia Pennetta ITA d #45 Jie Zheng CHN 6-2, 6-2 Tue

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Jie driving a forehand and Flavia about to connect with a backhand

#20 Nadia Petrova RUS d #37 Roberta Vinci ITA 6-4, 6-2 Mon

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Nadia about to swat a backhand

#27 Dominika Cibulkova SVK d #31 q Jarmila Groth AUS 6-4, 4-6, 7-6(8) Tue
*#55 q Vera Dushevina RUS d #28 Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez ESP 4-6, 6-1, 7-6(1) Tue
*#33 LL Klara Zakopalova CZE d #30 Alexandra Dulgheru ROU 7-6(4), 6-2 Tue
#39 q Shuai Peng CHN d #47 LL Timea Bacsinszky SUI 6-3, 6-2 Tue

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Timea and Shuai driving backhands

*#134 wc Sania Mirza IND d #54 q Bojana Jovanovski SRB 6-2, 7-5 Tue

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Bojana serving, and Sania driving a backhand

Doha, 2nd Rd, Wed 3:30pm
losers' prize: $9,525 US; points: 60
#2 s1 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d #20 Nadia Petrova RUS 6-3, 6-2

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Nadia serving, and Caroline following a backhand

    Caroline said: "My serve was quite good, so too the returns. Considering the fact that Nadia serves well, it was important to get my returns right... I just focus on myself and I try to win. There's a lot of good players here, so it's not easy to win. I'm just taking it one day at a time. It's not going to be easy tomorrow, but I'm looking forward to it." AP story

#3 s2 Vera Zvonareva RUS d #27 Dominika Cibulkova SVK 6-1, 6-2

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Domi and Vera driving forehand and backhand

*#39 q Shuai Peng CHN d #4 s3 Francesca Schiavone ITA 7-5, 6-3

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Shuai serving, and Francesca running down a forehand

    It was Shuai's best win by rank since 2005, when she defeated then #3 Anastasia Myskina in the 2nd round in Sydney, 6-1, 6-3, her only other victory over a top 5 player. But it was not her favorite win.

    Shuai said: "Playing against Francesca is always difficult, but I was the better player today. She tested me in the first set, but I was more determined...

    "My best win was in San Diego [in 2005] when I played Kim Clijsters. It was on hardcourt and at the time she had won something like 30 or 33 matches in a row. That was my biggest, my happiest victory." WTA story

    Francesca said: "I was not confident. I could not do too great. For me to go out first round or third round is not the problem. I missed a lot of easy balls. I should take some days off perhaps, but there is no time."

*#33 LL Klara Zakopalova CZE d #7 s4 Na Li CHN 6-2, 6-1
#8 s5 Jelena Jankovic SRB d #134 wc Sania Mirza IND 6-0, 6-1

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Sania and Jelena driving forehand and backhand

*#17 Marion Bartoli FRA d #11 s8 Shahar Peer ISR 6-1, 6-0

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Marion serving, and Shahar following a forehand

#18 Flavia Pennetta ITA d #35 Lucie Safarova CZE 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
#29 Daniela Hantuchova SVK d #55 q Vera Dushevina RUS 4-6, 6-2, 6-4

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Vera serving, and Daniela about to fire a forehand

Doha, QFs, Thu 3:30pm
losers' prize: $17,300 US; points: 120
#2 s1 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d #18 Flavia Pennetta ITA 6-2, 6-0

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Flavia and Caroline serving

    The win raised Caroline's record against Flavia in career matches to 5-0.

    Caroline, whose parents are Polish but moved to Denmark when her father played professional soccer there, is a fan of the Liverpool, England, soccer team. The Qatar Tennis Federation obtained an autographed Liverpool jersey, and Caro wore it while warming up for the match.

    Caroline said: "I'm a big fan of Liverpool. Since Liverpool is playing tonight, I thought it would be nice, and even the fans liked it.
    "I was playing really good tennis [in the match today]. I stayed calm and had to go for my shots." AP story

#3 s2 Vera Zvonareva RUS d #29 Daniela Hantuchova SVK 7-5, 6(5)-7, 7-5

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Vera and Daniela driving forehand and backhand

#8 s5 Jelena Jankovic SRB d #33 LL Klara Zakopalova CZE 6-2, 6-4

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Jelena and Klara about to connect with forehand and backhand

#17 Marion Bartoli FRA d #39 q Shuai Peng CHN 6-2, 6-2

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Shuai serving, and Marion's two handed forehand with backhand grip

    Reverse Polish Notation: Marion and Shuai are the two highest-ranked players who use a two handed forehand with backhand grip, that is, they are right handed, but hit the ball on the forehand side with the left hand above the right, a surprisingly popular mode of operation. Fewer players hit the 2 handed forehand the kosher cricket way, with right hand above the left (Ayumi Morita being the leading current example). Marion now leads Shuai 4-3 in career matches.

Doha, SFs, Fri 4pm
losers' prize: $32,500 US; points: 200
#2 s1 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d #17 Marion Bartoli FRA 6-1, 6-1

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Caro and Marion driving forehands, and Caroline after match point

    The win raised Caroline's record against Marion in career matches to 4-2.

    Caroline said: "If you've played well and had a tough three set battle, it's a great feeling to win. But winning like this is amazing too. It means I'm playing at a high level. I'm hitting the ball well. I'm really pleased with my performance." WTA story

    Marion said: "Caroline is #1, you expect that kind of performance. You have to work really hard for each point. And even when you work really hard, she can come up with great passing shots. She was too good and I made more mistakes than usual. She was putting so much pressure with her defense."

#3 s2 Vera Zvonareva RUS d #8 s5 Jelena Jankovic SRB 6-1, 2-6, 6-4

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Vera and Jelena driving forehand and backhand

    The match lasted over one hour and fifty-five minutes. Vera struck 9 aces with only 2 double faults, and scored on all five of the break points she reached against Jelena; Jelena hit 4 aces with 3 DFs, and converted only 3 of the 10 break points she held against Vera. Vera scored 80 points in the match; Jelena, 77.

    It was Vera's fifth straight win over Jelena, and raised her record in career matches against JJ to 8-6.

    Vera said: "It's always tough against Jelena. She's a great player, really aggressive and I'm quite excited over my victory. It was a great atmosphere out there and I really enjoyed [it]." AP story

Doha, Final, Sat 6:30pm
loser's prize: $60,700 US; points: 320
winner's prize: $111,000 US; points: 470
*#3 s2 Vera Zvonareva RUS d #2 s1 Caroline Wozniacki DEN 6-2, 6-4

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Vera serving, Caroline about to swat a forehand, Vera driving a backhand, and after match point

Doha, Doubles Final, Sat 4pm
losers' prize: $17,800 US
winners' prize: $34,000 US
cdr6 s1 Kveta Peschke & Katarina Srebotnik d cdr14 s2 Liezel Huber & Nadia Petrova 7-5, 6(2)-7, (10-8)

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Katarine and Kveta at net


Doha, Qual Finals, Mon Feb 21 3:30pm
losers' prizes: q1 $750 1pt; q2 $1,365 8pts; q3 $2,530 12pts; qualifier 20 points
#31 Jarmila Groth AUS d #47 Timea Bacsinszky SUI 7-6(2), 6-4
*#55 Vera Dushevina RUS d #33 Klara Zakopalova CZE 2-6, 7-6(3), 6-1
#39 Shuai Peng CHN d #56 Elena Vesnina RUS 6-3, 6-3
#54 Bojana Jovanovski SRB d #108 Kateryna Bondarenko UKR 6-0, 5-7, 6-4

Doha, Withdrawals
#13 Maria Sharapova RUS upper respiratory illness
#14 Petra Kvitova CZE abdominal injury
#16 Kaia Kanepi EST infulenza
#19 Ana Ivanovic SRB abdominal strain
#21 Aravane Rezai FRA
#25 Yanina Wickmayer BEL leg injury
#26 Maria Kirilenko RUS left hip injury

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Abierto Mexicano,  Acapulco, Mexico

 
tourney time:
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       = US PT +2 hours

Mexico News


    Acapulco: The main draw for Acapulco has 8 seeds, with no 1st-round byes.
    There are 4 qualifiers in the main draw.
    Qualifying (3 rounds) starts on Saturday, qualifying finals are on Monday.
 

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2011: Julia Goerges posted this photo of herself while watching the night matches in Acapulco on Tuesday... players posing for portraits
on the beach and the grounds of the Fairmont Acapulco Princess included Julia, Olga Govortsova, Melanie Oudin, Johanna Larsson, and Sorana Cirstea...
Acapulco, 1st Rd, Mon 3pm-Tue 11am
loser's prize: $1,725 US; points: 1
#34 s1 Julia Goerges GER d #663 wc Ximena Hermoso MEX 6-1, 6-2 Mon

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Ximena's service toss, and Julia driving a backhand

*#77 Lourdes Dominguez Lino ESP d #49 s2 Polona Hercog SLO 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 Tue

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Lourdes following a backhand

#59 s3 Greta Arn HUN d #76 Edina Gallovits-Hall ROU 6-4, 6-4 Tue
#60 s4 Gisela Dulko ARG d #128 q Anna Tatishvili GEO 6-3, 6-1 Tue

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Gisela and Anna driving forehand and backhand

*#92 Laura Pous Tio ESP d #61 s5 Simona Halep ROU 6-3, 6(4)-7, 6-3 Tue
#63 s6 Arantxa Parra Santonja ESP d #85 Sybille Bammer AUT 7-6(3), 7-6(4) Mon

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Arantxa after match point

#65 s7 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP d #96 Sandra Zahlavova CZE 6-4, 6-1 Tue
*#98 Mathilde Johansson FRA d #70 s8 Olga Govortsova BLR 6-2, 7-6(4) Tue
*#83 Renata Voracova CZE d #71 Romina Oprandi ITA 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 Tue
*#131 q Lesia Tsurenko UKR d #72 Melanie Oudin USA 6-1, 3-2 retired Tue
#73 Johanna Larsson SWE d #124 Yvonne Meusburger AUT 6-1, 3-6, 6-0 Tue
#79 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP d #206 wc Karolina Pliskova CZE 6-2, 6-1 Tue
*#104 Pauline Parmentier FRA d #81 Zuzana Ondraskova CZE 6-3, 7-5 Mon
#93 Sorana Cirstea ROU d #103 Patricia Mayr-Achleitner AUT 6-2, 6-4 Mon
*#170 q Silvia Soler Espinosa ESP d #100 Jill Craybas USA 6-1, 6-1 Tue
#177 q Madalina Gojnea ROU v #222 wc Kristyna Pliskova CZE Tue c1 m4

Acapulco, 2nd Round, Wed 3pm
loser's prize: $2,950 US; points: 30
*#79 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP d #34 s1 Julia Goerges GER 6-4, 7-6(6)

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Julia and Anabel driving forehand and backhand

#59 s3 Greta Arn HUN d #83 Renata Voracova CZE 6-3, 2-6, 6-4
#60 s4 Gisela Dulko ARG d #170 q Silvia Soler Espinosa ESP 6-1, 6-1

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Gisela's forehand volley

#63 s6 Arantxa Parra Santonja ESP d #131 q Lesia Tsurenko UKR 6-3, 1-0 retired—lumbar spine strain
#65 s7 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP d #177 q Madalina Gojnea ROU 6-4, 6-3
#73 Johanna Larsson SWE d #98 Mathilde Johansson FRA 2-6, 6-2, 6-3
#77 Lourdes Dominguez Lino ESP d #104 Pauline Parmentier FRA 6-1, 6-1
#92 Laura Pous Tio ESP d #93 Sorana Cirstea ROU 6-2, 6-1

Acapulco, QFs, Thu 3pm
loser's prize: $5,340 US; points: 70
*#73 Johanna Larsson SWE d #59 s3 Greta Arn HUN 6-1, 4-6, 6-2

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Johanna driving a backhand

#60 s4 Gisela Dulko ARG v #92 Laura Pous Tio ESP 3-6, 7-5, 6-0

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Gisela after match point

#63 s6 Arantxa Parra Santonja ESP d #77 Lourdes Dominguez Lino ESP 2-6, 6-3, 6-2
*#79 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP d #65 s7 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP 6-2, 2-2 retired—right elbow injury

Acapulco, SFs, Fri 3pm
loser's prize: $10,200 US; points: 130
#60 s4 Gisela Dulko ARG d #79 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP 6-0, 6-2

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Gisela and Anabel driving forehand and backhand, and Gisela after match point

#63 s6 Arantxa Parra Santonja ESP d #73 Johanna Larsson SWE 6-2, 6-0

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Arantxa after match point

Acapulco, Final, Sat 6:30pm
loser's prize: $19,000 US; points: 200
winner's prize: $37,000 US; points: 280
#60 s4 Gisela Dulko ARG d #63 s6 Arantxa Parra Santonja ESP 6-3, 7-6(5)

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Gisela and Arantxa driving forehands, and Gisela smashing one

Acapulco, Doubles Final, Sat
loser's prize: $5,750 US
winner's prize: $11,000 US
Ioana Raluca Olaru & Mariya Korttseva d Arantxa Parra Santonja & Lourdes Dominguez Lino 3-6, 6-1, (10-4)

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Mariya and Ioana Raluca


Acapulco, Qual Finals, Mon Feb 21 3pm
losers' prizes: q1 $265 1pt; q2 $460 6pts; q3 $860 10pts; qualifier 16 points
#128 Anna Tatishvili GEO d #139 Petra Cetkovska CZE 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
#131 Lesia Tsurenko UKR d #140 Irina-Camelia Begu ROU 6-3, 6-4
*#170 Silvia Soler Espinosa ESP d #154 Corinna Dentoni ITA 6-1, 6-3
*#177 Madalina Gojnea ROU d #160 Stephanie Foretz Gacon FRA 6-1, 6-2

Acapulco, Withdrawals
#44 Patty Schnyder SUI low back injury
#53 Barbora Zahlavova Strycova CZE left hip injury

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