Cincy Tidbits: Double Faults are the New Black.
All the “It-girls” are doing it – Dementieva, Sharapova and Ivanovic. Sure they are! You totally want to double fault your way into oblivion just like them.
Czink def. Ivanovic 7-6(6) 7-5.
Yes, that would be Melinda friggin Czink.
Ana served at 51%, with 2 aces, 11 double faults, right after she announced that she’s experimenting with her service motions. Hey kiddo – stop messing with your serve.
I’m not against experimenting with serves per se, but do it when 1) you have a coach, 2) during the off season.
Clijsters def. Schnyder 6-2 7-5.
It says something about the WTA tour when Kim Clijsters, coming back from a two year absence, scores two consecutive top 20 victories.
In fact, it says: “the women’s game has not progressed in the last two years”.
Not to take away from Clijster’s level, which has been nothing short of impressive. She didn’t even face a single breakpoint all match.
Clijsters play Sveta next round, who she is 6-1 against. But coming back from such a long absence, there’s still a big question mark over whether she’s ready to take on a the reigning French Open champ. But then again, Kuzzy’s not in the best physical shape right now, I wouldn’t be surprised if Clijsters claim her first top 10 victory this week.
Jankovic def. Kirilenko 7-6(6) 6-3.
Err JJ? You got taken to a tiebreak by MariKiri? What’s up with that?
Please don’t get slaughtered by Vika next round.
And … you looked like a corn?
ANTA, I thought we were friends.
Other WTA seeds all progressed in Cincinnati, with ARad the only upset (lost to Bammer). Vera Zvonareva had a hard time taking out Giant-Killer Alisa Kleybanova, but make it through 6-4 1-6 7-5. I just mentioned it to show her cheery outfit.
Mentioning outfits, Serena’s light colours from Nike also looks fantastic. If only she’d just relax … girl, you just beat Kateryna Bondarenka in a round 2 match, okay? Chill.
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