Julia Goerges is blogging from Bad Gastein. And playing doubes. The German, who was the top seed, was upset in the first round by qualifier Richel Hogenkamp of The Netherlands. Goerges is a former Bad Gastein champion; Hogenkamp is ranked number 211 in the world.
Birmingham top seed Francesca Schiavone went out in the second round. Schiavone, who had a wild card into the tournament, lost to Misaki Doi. In the first round, qualifier Melanie Oudin defeated 10th seed Sorana
Cirstea, and Mona Barthel went out yet again. 2nd seed Sabine Lisicki
was defeated in the second round by Urszula Radwanska, and 3rd seed
Daniela Hantuchova was upset by Melinda Czink.
Don't miss Marija's lovely tribute to French Open champion Maria Sharapova.
Sharapova will carry the Russian flag at the 2012 Olympic Games. (USA television commentators--eat your hearts out.)
Andrea Petkovic has withdrawn from Wimbledon because of her right ankle injury. Petko also had to miss the Australian Open and the French Open.