A couple of weeks ago, I wrote that Flavia Pennetta was definitely on her way back after enduring a long injury and recovery time-out. She went on to win in Bangkok. Today, she lost in the first round in Linz, but her performance was nevertheless impressive. In a tight three-set match against Nicole Vaidisova, Pennetta lost--according to the stats--because her second serve was vulnerable.
I didn't get to the scoreboard until the third set, and it involved deuce game after deuce game. Vaidisova broke Pennetta at 4-all, but when she went to serve for the match, Pennetta broke her at love. It went to a tiebreak, Vaidisova broke at 4-all, and that was the end of the Italian.
Those who saw the match on television said that during the break, when players are allowed to have coaching, Pennetta had her friend and former doubles partner (why are they no longer playing doubles together?) Gisela Dulko, come give her some advice.