Friday, June 17, 2011

If it's raining, it must be grass season

There were no semifinals played today in Eastbourne because of the almost non-stop rain. The plan is for both semifinal matches to be played in the morning, followed by the final. 5th seed Petra Kvitova will play Daniela Hantuchova, and 7th seed Sam Stosur will play 6th seed Marion Bartoli.

Bobby Chintapalli points out that an "Azarenka retirement" pattern has emerged this season, which--should it continue--means that Bartoli will be the last woman standing on the wet grass in Eastbourne.

The 's-Hertogenbosch doubles final was also interrupted by rain. The teams of Cibulkova/Pennetta and Zahlavova Strycova/Zakopalova each won a set, but the super-tiebreak will have to be played tomorrow. Also, Jelena Dokic and Roberta Vinci will compete for the singles title. Romina Oprandi retired against Dokic in the semifinals because of a wrist injury, and Vinci defeated Dominika Cibulkova 7-5, 6-1. Vinci is seeded 7th; Dokic is unseeded.

Flavia Pennetta, by the way, will be playing doubles with friend and countrywoman Francesca Schiavone at Wimbledon. Gisela Dulko, sadly, has withdrawn from the event. She is recovering from a thigh injury she sustained during the French Open.

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