Although she lost in the semifinals of the Mercury Insurance Open at Carlsbad to Vera Zvonareva, I was impressed at how Ana Ivanovic kept fighting to the end, something she has not always done in the past. She kept that level of intensity up in beating the overmatched Zhang Shuai in the first round of the 2011 Rogers Cup, 6-1 6-1. If there were a nit to pick in her performance, it would be her 47% first serve percentage. She will have to get that up to make a run here. Up next is Iveta Benesova, who advanced when Dominika Cibulkova retired with an abdominal strain. With Ana, you can’t count any match as a win, but she should defeat Benesova.
Like Cibulkova, Kim Clijsters also had to retire with an abdominal injury. She had won the first set from Zheng Jie, 6-3, but the pain was too great to continue.
“During my warm-up today I felt my left stomach muscle really, really tight. Before the match I got taped to try and protect the muscle as much as possible, but it just went worse and worse. I already had an ultrasound here on-site, and I have a partial tear in my left stomach muscle. I have a few weeks until the US Open. I’ll do everything to be ready.” – Kim Clijsters
I don’t know about Kim’s future at this point. She said London 2012 is her goal, but she was hurt before Roland Garros, tried to play with no tune-up event and was dismissed early. She was injured again shortly thereafter and missed Wimbledon. Now she has to deal with another injury. From her statement, it seems as though she might not play Cincinnati, where she would be defending champion, and go into the US Open with no hardcourt warm-up except one set of play against Zheng Jie. Although hardcourt is her best surface, coming off of three injuries and playing almost no tennis all summer I can’t say I give the two-time defending US Open champion much chance at Flushing Meadow. She’s my favorite player. I always hope for the best. But more and more, I’m wondering if her body won’t hold up to get her to London 2012 or even the rest of this year.
Singles – First Round
(11) Andrea Petkovic (GER) d. (WC) Eugénie Bouchard (CAN) 62 62
(13) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. Elena Vesnina (RUS) 64 61
(Q) Iveta Benesova (CZE) d. (16) Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) 75 46 13 ret. (left abdominal strain)
Ana Ivanovic (SRB) d. (Q) Zhang Shuai (CHN) 61 61
Peng Shuai (CHN) d. (LL) Lourdes Domínguez Lino (ESP) 61 75
Roberta Vinci (ITA) d. Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) 64 62
Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) d. Gisela Dulko (ARG) 63 64
Flavia Pennetta (ITA) d. Maria Kirilenko (RUS) 63 61
Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) d. Sara Errani (ITA) 75 61
Serena Williams (USA) d. Alona Bondarenko (UKR) 60 63
(Q) Bojana Jovanovski (SRB) d. Jelena Dokic (AUS) 20 ret. (right shoulder injury)
(Q) Petra Martic (CRO) d. Lucie Hradecka (CZE) 16 64 64
(WC) Stéphanie Dubois (CAN) d. (Q) Kathrin Woerle (GER) 76(4) 61
(WC) Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) d. Shahar Peer (ISR) 61 60