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05
Jul
11

Wozniacki battles past Cornet 6-4, 6-4, at the Swedish Open.

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Caroline Wozniacki shrugged off the disappointment of her early Wimbledon exit by battling into the second round of the Swedish Open in Bastad. Wozniacki did not have it all her own way against the world number 69 Alize Cornet of France, requiring one hour and 35 minutes to see off her opponent 6-4 6-4 in a keenly contested encounter.

Second seed Flavia Pennetta beat Australian qualifier Olivia Rogowska 6-2 7-5 and other victorious seeds included fifth seed Vera Dushevina and eighth seed Polona Hercog.

Sixth seed Iveta Benesova suffered a crushing 6-2 6-0 defeat to Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez of Spain. Sweden’s Sofia Arvidsson beat Andrea Hlavackova 6-1 5-7 6-4 and will next meet Wozniacki.

05
Feb
11

French underdogs humiliate superstars Sharapova & Kuznetsova, but they better watch out ‘coz Safina is on the bench!

France is 2-0 up at the end of day 1 in Moscow following upsets by Alize Cornet and Virginie Razzano who defeated Svetlana Kuznetsova and Maria Sharapova respectively.

Cornet got the visitors off to the best possible start in the opening rubber when she battled back from one set down to overcame two-time Grand Slam champion Kuznetsova 36 63 64. It was her first singles win in Fed Cup play.

Razzano then turned the tables on Sharapova, who defeated her at this year’s Australian Open in a close-fought match. The Russian was making her first Fed Cup by BNP Paribas appearance since 2008.

22
Jul
10

Jankovic retires in Slovenia, Cornet goes thru in Bad Gastein.

Top seed Jelena Jankovic was forced to pull out midway through her second-round match in the Banka Koper Slovenia Open in Portoroz due to an ankle injury.

Jankovic was trailing 1-6 6-3 1-0 to qualifier Anastasiya Yakimova of Belarus when she was forced to withdraw, sending Yakimova through to the quarter-finals.

“Rolled my ankle a little,” Serb Jankovic said on her Twitter page. Will be OK, just a little disappointing. I’ll rehab and get ready for San Diego.

 

Third seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova suffered no such problems as she swept aside Paraguay’s Rossana De Los Rios 6-3 6-0 in just 67 minutes to book her own last-eight place.

In the day’s two other games, Sweden’s Johanna Larsson continued her fine recent form with a 7-5 6-1 win over Maria Elena Camerin of Italy, and Alexandra Panova beat fellow Russian Ksenia Pervak 6-2 7-5.

French 20-year-old Alize Cornet swept aside top seed and defending champion Andrea Petkovic to move into the quarter-finals of the Nurnberger Gasteinladies in Bad Gastein.

Cornet took one hour and 42 minutes to dispose of Germany’s Petkovic with a 6-2 7-5 win and move into the last eight where she will next face local wild-card Patricia Mayr.

Mayr pulled off the second shock of the day with a 6-3 6-4 win over seventh seed Tathiana Garbin. Another Austrian, Yvonne Meusburger, beat Czech Lucie Hradecka 7-5 7-5, while Germany’s Julia Goerges beat Mariya Korytteva of Ukraine 6-2 7-5.

04
Feb
10

Young US Fed Cup team is well matched with France.

For America, six years is somewhat of a drought in Fed Cup terms. It is the most successful nation in the competition’s history having won the title 17 times.

The current side, however, is in a transitional period with young players, such as Melanie Oudin, coming into the ranks. Finishing runner-up in 2009 provided crucial experience as the team looks to continue to progress after some encouraging performances.

“We started to build, starting last year,” said Fernandez. “We had an amazing year, and a run getting to the Final, which was very exciting, with a very young and inexperienced team.”

USA begins its campaign in 2010 with a trip to Lievin to face a French side that is also undergoing a changing of the guard.

“We’re playing France, without a Mauresmo, without a Dechy, because they’ve retired. So, that’s a plus for us,” said Fernandez, whose own Fed Cup playing career spanned seven years between 1991 and 1998.

“But they’re still very strong, they still have a lot of depth on their team. Alize Cornet, as we’ve seen in the past, can produce some great tennis. We’re pretty evenly matched. Home always has a little bit of an advantage. It’s on clay so that’s a little more uncomfortable for us.

“But again, with Melanie Oudin on our team, she is such a fighter, she loves playing for her country. The team atmosphere really suits her. So, I’m hoping she’s going to produce some of her best tennis.”

Alongside Oudin, Fernandez has named Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Shenay Perry and Liezel Huber, a doubles specialist. Mattek-Sands and Perry will be playing in their second Fed Cup ties.

“Bethanie Mattek won a couple of qualifying matches here,” said Fernandez, speaking in Melbourne during the Australian Open. “She did great in the doubles and mixed doubles. So, she’s a potential to play singles and doubles with Liezel Huber.

“And then Shenay Perry, I picked her because I watched her play here as well. She came through the qualies. She’s got a different game.

“I think it’s always important in a team to try to get different game styles, not always have the same styles of play. She’s got a one-handed backhand, she can slice, also play doubles. So, I have two options there for singles and doubles.”

The French captain, Nicolas Escude, has named Cornet, Julie Coin, Pauline Parmentier and Stephanie Cohen-Aloro in another line-up with little past experience of Fed Cup play.

03
Oct
09

Stosur the first seed to fall, Venus has an easy win.

Venus-Williams-Beijing_2368459Venus Williams moved into the second round of the China Open in Beijing with a straight-sets win over Russian Vera Dushevina.

The number three seed – who won Olympic gold at the same venue last year – completed a comfortable 6-2 7-6 (7/1) victory in one hour and 40 minutes, serving six aces.

In the day’s other main matches, number 10 seed Flavia Pennetta, from Italy, beat Chinese wild card Han Xinyun 7-6 (7/2) 6-2.

Number 15 seed Samantha Stosur is out after the Australian was beaten 4-6 6-4 3-6 by Frenchwoman Alize Cornet.

Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova is through after she beat Sybille Bammer of Austria 7-5 6-1.

08
Jul
09

Shahar Peer demolishes Cornet.

 

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BUDAPEST, Hungary – Day 3 at the GDF SUEZ Grand Prix yielded the event’s first significant upset, as defending champion and No.2 seed Alizé Cornet was routed by Shahar Peer, 62 60, in the second round.

The Israeli, whose best results this year are semifinal showings in Pattaya City and Estoril, will next play sixth-seeded Ukrainian Alona Bondarenko as her quest for her fourth career Sony Ericsson WTA Tour singles title and first since 2006 continues. The 24-year-old Bondarenko, whose year is highlighted by a runner-up showing in Warsaw in May, outlasted Ioana Raluca Olaru, 64 46 64.

The top half of the draw produced an upset too, as Edina Gallovits, who is seeking her first Tour title, edged No.3 seed Sybille Bammer, 46 75 62, to set up a quarterfinal clash with Petra Martic. The 18-year-old Croatian qualifier defeated Mariya Koryttseva, 63 62, a round after knocking off eighth-seeded Lucie Safarova.

Also Wednesday, the final first round match was played, with No.1 seed Patty Schnyder handling Andrea Petkovic, 76(3) 63. The 30-year-old, whose 11 Tour singles titles are the most in the field, plays Maria Elena Camerin on Thursday. Other matches on the schedule include fourth-seeded Agnes Szavay versus Tathiana Garbin and fifth-seeded Alisa Kleybanova against Kateryna Bondarenko.

08
Jul
09

Budapest Grand Prix underway.

cornetSecond seed and defending champion Alize Cornet eased through to the second round of the GDF Suez Grand Prix in Budapest with a 6-3 6-1 victory over Russian Galina Voskoboeva.

Third seed Sybille Bammer also reached the second round after a 6-2 6-3 win over Klara Zakopalova, but there were shock defeats for seeds Sara Errani and Lucie Safarova at the hands of Timea Bacsinszky and Petra Martic respectively.

The home crowd were excited by an all-Hungarian tussle between the nation’s top-ranked player Agnes Szavay and Katalin Marosi. As expected, Szavay proved too good for her compatriot, winning through 6-1 6-1.

Fifth seed Alisa Kleybanova beat Romania’s Monica Niculescu 6-0 6-3 while other winners included Kateryna Bondarenko – joining her sister Alona in round two – Shahar Peer and Tathiana Garbin.

13
Feb
09

quarter finals set in paris.

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SERENA Williams swept into the Paris Open last eight with a comfortable 6-1 6-2 win over Croatia’s Karolina Sprem yesterday.

Meanwhile second seed Jelena Jankovic battled to victory over China’s Li Na.

Home favourite Amelie Mauresmo overcame Romania’s Monica Niculescu 6-1 6-2 and third seed Elena Dementieva saw off Russian counterpart Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

World No.1 Williams took just under an hour to dispatch Sprem and will meet French qualifier Emilie Loit on Friday for a place in the semi-finals.

“I definitely think I was in control of the match today,” Williams said. ”(My return) could be better. It’s better than it was, but I can work on it as well.

“I feel better (than in the 6-1 6-4 win over Iveta Benesova on Wednesday), not as rusty or as crazy, so hopefully tomorrow I can do what I did today and stay focused for the whole match.”

Jankovic prevailed 6-0 3-6 6-2 against Chinese number two Li, who had beaten the Serbian in their four previous hardcourt meetings.

“There are certain players who always give you a hard time, no matter what their ranking is,” said Jankovic, who now faces French teenager Alize Cornet.

“Her game and her style of play don’t really suit mine, she doesn’t allow me to do what I want to do.”

Jankovic, who lost her world No.1 ranking after crashing out of last month’s Australian Open in the fourth round, broke her opponent three times en route to taking the first set in under 20 minutes.

Li has struggled with a persistent right knee injury since March last year but showed tremendous resolve in the second set, fighting back from 3-1 down to take the match into a decider.

Her resistance finally ended when, having already been broken in the fourth game of the third set, a disputed line-call denied her a break of serve when Jankovic was serving at 4-2.

The 18-year-old Cornet overcame an early setback to secure a 1-6 6-4 6-2 victory over Slovakia’s Daniela Hantuchova, despite taking a heavy fall in the second set.

No.8 seed Mauresmo produced a watchful performance against Niculescu, having destroyed Italy’s Sara Errani 6-2 6-0 in her first round match on Wednesday.

“I was pleased with the match, even though it had a slightly different feel to the one yesterday,” said Mauresmo, who will meet Polish fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska for a place in the last four.

“It was a longer match as well, despite the fact the scores were almost identical. The rallies were longer and the games were more competitive.”

Dementieva came from 4-2 down in the first set against the 17-year-old Pavlyuchenkova to win an attritional contest 6-4 6-2.

“I think she’s very talented, but she needs a bit more experience, especially when playing against top 10 players,” said Dementieva, the current world No.4

“She was really close in that first set and we had a good fight. She was very aggressive on the court and she has a very solid game for such a young age.”

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14
Jan
09

Safina ousts Alize Cornet in sydney.

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Dinara Safina has won through to the semifinals of the Medibank International Sydney after winning a tight tussle with Frenchwoman Alize Cornet today.

Despite double faulting on her first match point, the Russian second seed eventually managed to close it out 6-3 6-4.

It’s Safina’s second win over Cornet in as many weeks after the pair met at the Hopman Cup event in Perth last week.

Cornet was clearly struggling to handle the heat late in the second set, taking considerable time to recover between points.

Safina will now meet Japan’s Ai Sugiyama in the semifinals after she was handed a walkover by Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova, who withdrew  with an abdominal complaint.

Kuznetsova, who has beaten China’s Peng Shuai and Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi this week, informed tournament organisers of her decision this morning.

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12
Jan
09

Alize Cornet’s controversial dress?

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 Is this what all the fuss is about? Maybe when she sweated the dress became see-through…..but she was wearing something underneath! But anyway, they still lost……..

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