Friday, October 26, 2007

Serving up a storm

During the first set of today's Linz quarterfinal match between Alona Bondarenko and Daniela Hantuchova, neither player faulted on a first serve. In the third set, Bondarenko did not fault on any first serves. The overall match statistics show Bondarenko with a 99% first serve percentage (she got 95% in in the second set). That is some clean serving! Hantuchova, for her part, had an overall 88% first serve percentage, and she also hit five aces. Both players had similar first serve win percentages (69 and 67).

Hantuchova took the first set, Bondarenko ran away with the second, and in the last half of the third, Hantuchova got the break and emerged the winner, 6-4, 1-6, 6-3.

Worth noting: Two of Ukraine's top players, Bondarenko and Julia Vakulenko, made the quarterfinals of this tournament.

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