Anabel Medina Garrigues, who was going for a fourth title in Strasbourg, had to retire today in her second round match against Kristina Barrois. Medina Garrigues suffered a lower back injury, which she says should heal in three or four days.
Yesterday saw four seeds--Nathalie Dechy, Elena Vesnina, Tamarine Tanasugarn, and Anna-Lena Groenefeld--taken out in the first round. The biggest surprise was the early exit of Vesnina, who was defeated by Julie Coin (and not for the first time). The hometown spirit was alive today, too, as Stephanie Cohen-Aloro defeated Gisela Dulko in the second round. Dulko hit nine aces and committed nine double faults. Cohen-Aloro also committed nine double faults. Cohen-Aloro prevailed--4-6, 7-6, 6-4--in a match that lasted two and a half hours.