Sunday, July 11, 2010

Top seed upset in Prague qualifying

Anastasia Rodionova, the top qualifying seed at the ECM Prague Open, lost today in the second round of qualifying to Tamira Paszek. Paszek defeated Rodionova 6-2, 6-2.

After having hip surgery in 2008 and then sustaining an ankle injury and torn leg muscle in 2009, the Russian-turned-Australian had to work hard to get back into the top 100. Her upset performances in the 2009 U.S. Open, the 2010 French Open, and the 2010 Wimbledon tournament took her to the third round in all three of those majors. Rodionova is currently ranked number 71 in the world.

Things haven't gone as well for Paszek, who was once hailed as a prodigy, but who has had significantly more downs than ups in her career. Paszek is currently ranked number 225 in the world.


Anonymous said...

Thank you for bringing these two players back into the WTA Tour conversation.

I remember hearing a lot about Paszek over the past few years. Hopefully she can get her career on track during the hard court season. She seems to have a lot of talent.

Diane said...

She was feeling better today, and became the lucky loser, but she lost to Alize Cornet.

With Paszek, it's been one thing after another--father issues, coach issues, injury issues. I wonder if she will ever be anything more than someone who was once called a prodigy. I hope so.