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20
Sep
09

Melinda Czink wins Quebec’s Bell Challenge.

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In an all-lefty final in Québec it was Melinda Czink who prevailed and finally captured her first Sony Ericsson WTA Tour title, beating Lucie Safarova at the Bell Challenge on Sunday, 46 63 75.

Playing in her second career final, Czink hung tough with Safarova after the first set, breaking in the fourth game of the second to even it at a set apiece. In the third they traded breaks twice early on but it was Czink who took the decisive one, breaking at 30 at 5-5 before serving it out at love.

“It feels great. I haven’t really processed it yet but I will,” Czink said. “I went match by match this week. This was the toughest match this week. I had to take some risks on her serve today – sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn’t. We really pushed each other, and I’m happy I could come out the winner.”

“We both played a good match. I think it just came down to a few balls and she did it better,” Safarova said. “The whole week I was trying to be very aggressive and move forward, but she did the same today and I had trouble dealing with it. I didn’t feel I did anything wrong today. It could have gone either way.

“I hope to come back next year and do better. Unless you win, you can always do better!”

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19
Sep
09

Wozniack is 0-3 against Czink.

wozniak_aleksandra_260Aleksandra Wozniak is in the semifinals of the Bell Challenge, and she has yet to break a sweat.

A combination of a favourable draw and increasingly confident play that was particularly in evidence in Friday night’s 6-1, 6-1 drubbing of Alla Kudryavtseva of Russia, has put the 22-year-old Canadian in the final four.

“I think when you play well, you make it easier on yourself. I’m playing well this week, so that’s why it’s going this quickly,” Wozniak said.

The top Canadian was certain she would face top seed Nadia Petrova in the semis. Instead, she gets Melinda Czink of Hungary, the No. 5 seed, Saturday.

The Russian has been fighting a viral illness for three weeks. She retired after losing the first set to Czink Friday in a tiebreaker.

Wozniak is 1-0 against Petrova; against the lower-ranked Czink, she’s winless at 0-3.

They last met on grass in England this summer, where Czink prevailed 7-5 in the third set.

“She always gives me trouble,” Wozniak said. “She has lots of spin in on the ball, and she’s a lefty.”

The other semifinal, to be played Saturday afternoon, will pit No. 4 seed Lucie Safarova, who took care of Quebecers Stephanie Dubois and Valerie Tetreault in her first two matches, against No. 8 Julie Goerges of Germany.

12
Aug
09

Melinda Czink dumps Ivanovic out!

melinda_czink2_400Melinda Czink (hardly a household name in Women’s tennis) defeated Ana Ivanovic 7-6, 7-5 in the second round of the Western & Southern Financial Group event in Cincinnati. The 27 year old Czink was born in Hungary and lives in New York. She is ranked #59 in the world and has never won a WTA title, but has won an incredible 18 ITF singles titles. She made it to one WTA final in Canberra in 2005 where she was defeated by none other than Ana Ivanovic.

Today’s match was close as the score suggests, but Ivanovic is still struggling to find a rhythm to her service and continues to seem bewildered by her opponents game plans. Losing to a player ranked 30 places below her on the rankings list is very discouraging and seems to send a simple message of help!




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