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Saturday Women's Tennis Summary
Singles - Semifinal: (1) Victoria Azarenka def. (4) Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2 6-4
We frankly expected this to be closer. The lopsided nature of this result may be an indication of how mentally strong Victoria Azarenka is these days. If so, the rest of the Tour really needs to watch out.... Agnieszka Radwanska will keep the #3 ranking, but she loses her shot at #2. For the moment.
Singles - Semifinal: (9) Serena Williams def. (Q) Lucie Hradecka 7-6(7-5) 6-0
May 12 marked the two hundredth birthday of the poet and nonsense writer Edward Lear. Thinking about Lear and blue clay and Serena Williams's fashions inevitably reminded the author of "The Jumblies":
Far and few, far and few
Are the lands where the Jumblies live;
Their heads are green, and their hands are blue,
And they went to sea in a sieve.
Lucie Hradecka probably felt like she was playing with a sieve, not a racquet, in that second set. Still, she improved her ranking by about fifty places. As for Serena, if she can win the title, she will rise all the way to #6. As it is, we show her tied with Marion Bartoli for #7.
Doubles - Final: (5) Errani/Vinci def. Makarova/Vesnina 6-1 3-6 10-4 (Match TB)
Let's hope this doesn't mean that Elena Vesnina's title-itis is starting to affect her even in smaller doubles events.... To be fair, she was playing with a new partner; they still had an impressive week. More impressive, in terms of teams beaten, than Errani/Vinci.
But it's Errani/Vinci who pick up the hardware. It's their fourth title already this year, and by far the biggest. Finally they've broken out of their International rut! And, by so doing, they have finally put themselves in the Top Ten. It's going to be very interesting to see how they do at Rome and Roland Garros.
Elena Vesnina was already Top Ten, so she doesn't move much. But Ekaterina Makarova, #41 coming in, should hit the Top Thirty.