Thursday, January 15, 2009

Czech Republic shines in Hobart

The final in Hobart will feature countrywomen Iveta Benesova and Petra Kvitova, who defeated Magdalena Rybarikova and Virginie Razzano, respectively, in the semifinals. Both won their semifinals matches in straight sets. Benesova has been around for a while, and has looked good in Hobart, taking out both Tamarine Tanasugarn and Gisela Dulko. Kvitova is a young player some of us have been keeping an eye on, and it is no surprise that she is a finalist. In addition to defeating Razzano, Kvitova also defeated the impressive Anastasia Pavlyuhenkova.

The doubles final in Hobart will feature Alona and Kateryna Bondarenko--whose fortunes go up and down rather quickly--and the reunited team of Gisela Dulko and Flavia Pennetta.

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