Some players think it's a better option to collect points in big ITF tournaments rather than battle through Madrid and Rome quallies or first rounds. Romina Oprandi
from Switzerland (photo) has just matched #46 WTA - her career high primarily set in 2006. She will play in Cagner-Sur-Mer and later in Prague. Oprandi already defeated her first opponent, Claire Feuerstein
, and in the second round she will meet Teliana Pereira
for the first time.
is the defending champion. She couldn't make up her mind to play here or not, finally in the last moment she switched for Madrid, and her WC was given to another Kazakh, Sesil Karatantcheva
. The replacement's journey didn't last for long, as she lost in three sets to one of favourites, Alexandra Cadantu
from Romania, despite winning the first set with a bagel.
is the second seed. The beauty from Luxembourg isn't most known for her clay achievements, although she has lately reached WTA semifinal in Marrakech, where she played very well. Her part of the draw is encouraging, at least the first matches.
Maybe there is little sense looking into seeds at this tournament, since not a single seed made the final here since 2006. Dark horse match can be played already in the first round - between Katowice WTA quarterfinalist Maria Elena Camerin
and Estella Cabeza-Candela
from Spain, who took Dinara Safina
to France as a hitting partner.
(1) Romina Oprandi (SUI) d. Claire Feuerstein (FRA) 6-7(4) 6-4 6-3
Teliana Pereira (BRA) d. Shahar Peer (ISR) 6-2 6-3
Nina Bratchikova (RUS) v (wc) Virginie Razzano (FRA)
(7) Alexandra Cadantu (ROU) d. (wc) Sesil Karatantcheva (KAZ) 0-6 6-3 6-2
(3) Pauline Parmentier (FRA) v Q/LL
Patricia Mayr-Achleitner (AUT) v Vania King (USA)
Julia Cohen (USA) v Q/LL
(5) Misaki Doi (JPN) v Sharon Fichman (CAN)
(8) Petra Martic (CRO) v Catalina Castano (COL)
(wc) Caroline Garcia (FRA) v Q/LL
Tatjana Maria (GER) v Alexandra Panova (RUS)
(4) Arantxa Rus (NED) v Irena Pavlovic (FRA)
(6) Elina Svitolina (UKR) d. Kai-Chen Chang (TPE) 6-3 3-6 6-0
Maria-Elena Camerin (ITA) v Estrella Cabeza-Candela (ESP)
(wc) Myrtille Georges (FRA) v Q/LL
(2) Mandy Minella (LUX) v Q/LL
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