Saturday, June 20, 2009

Tanasugarn defends her Ordina Open title

Tammy Tanasugarn did today what few players do these days--she defended a title. The 2008 Ordina Open champion won the championship again, defeating Yanina Wickmayer 6-3, 7-5. To get to the final, Tanasugarn knocked out three seeded players--Iveta Benesova, Flavia Pennetta, and top seed Dinara Safina, whom she also defeated at the tournament last year.

It's a shame the Wimbledon organizers--who pride themselves on giving special seedings--didn't give one to Tanasugarn, who made the quarterfinals last year, and has advanced to the round of 16 on a number of occasions. As a grass specialist, she has a very short season and therefore has trouble obtaining ranking points.

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