It was a pleasure to watch Magdalena Rybarikova dip into her considerable bag of tricks during the Memphis final tonight. What wasn't a pleasure was watching the match end after the first set. 6th seed Rebecca Marino, who suffered a left abdominal strain in the semifinals, just wasn't herself, and had to retire at 2-6 because of the pain. (Tennis Channel commentators said they didn't know anything about the injury. I did, as I'm sure many fans did. Business as usual with commentators.) It was too bad for Marino, for fans--and for Rybarikova.
The good part is that Rybarikova, having fallen out of the
top 100, really needed this career boost. This is her second WTA Tour title: She won the Birmingham tournament in 2009.
Between them, Rybarikova and
Marino hit 63 aces during the tournament, with Marino hitting 40 of those. Both
women have really fine serves, and I look forward to watching both of them
throughout the season.
The doubles title was won by 2nd seeds Olga
Govortsova and Alla Kudryavtseva, who defeated 4th seeds Andrea Hlavackova and
Lucie Hradecka 6-3, 4-6, 10-8.