It's hard to believe that Gisela Dulko has lost in the first round in four straight red clay tournaments, but she has. In Barcelona, she lost in a third set tiebreak to Sara Errani, a good clay court player who is having problems of her own this season. In Stuttgart, she had the bad fortune of drawing Jelena Jankovic. Dulko lost another third set tiebreak, this time to Patty Schnyder, in Rome. And in Madrid, she lost to Sam Stosur, 7-6, 6-4.
Dulko isn't the only one having a tough time in Europe. Higher up the ranking ladder, Caroline Wozniacki is continuing to have problems because of the ankle she turned in Charleston. The injury was thought to be superficial, so either it's worse than the doctor(s) thought, or--more likely--Wozniacki has simply played too much. Wozniacki, the top seed, retired in Warsaw today, but one cannot help but question what she was doing there in the first place.
Of course, no contender has had worse luck than Kim Clijsters, whose Fed Cup foot injury caused her to withdraw from the French Open