Your Call, 4/1/14

by: | March 31, 2014

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From Master Ace:

In Charleston, Maria Kirilenko returned back to the tour from injury but lost in straight sets to an up-and-comer in Belinda Bencic, who was the star of the Fed Cup tie against France. Kirilenko was rusty but showed us why she was in the Top 10 at one point, erasing six match points before finally going out on the seventh. American ladies went 3-4 on Monday, highlighted by Madison Keys winning in two tiebreak sets against Mirjana Lucic-Baroni. Melanie Oudin, who was playing in her first WTA main draw since Quebec City, lost in straight sets to Jana Cepelova. Oudin was out due to having rhabdomyolysis, a condition that can cause muscle damage.

In Monterrey, the seeded players did not have a good day on the court. Flavia Pennetta, reigning Indian Wells champion, lost in straight sets to the ageless Kimiko Date-Krumm after having a 5-3 lead in the first set. Karin Knapp, who gave Maria Sharapova a tough three-set battle at Australian Open, lost in straight sets to Jovana Jaksic. Garbine Muguruza, who had a good Australian Open summer, lost in straght sets to another up-and-comer in Donna Vekic. Muguruza has lost her last four matches, which began with a final-round loss at Florianopolis after leading Klara Zakopalova 6-4, 5-2. She lost the last 11 games of the match. When the clay season starts, Muguruza will have Gabriela Sabatini to help her with game.


Ace Rankings (Finalist appearance if best result)


Novak Djokovic (16-2): Indian Wells & Miami
Stanislas Wawrinka (15-2): Australian Open & Chennai
Rafael Nadal (21-3): Rio de Janeiro & Doha
Roger Federer (22-4): Dubai
Tomas Berdych (20-4): Rotterdam
Marin Cilic (20-6): Zagreb & Delray Beach
Alexandr Dolgopolov (18-9): (Rio de Janeiro)
Grigor Dimitrov (13-5): Acapulco
David Ferrer (19-6): Buenos Aires
Kei Nishikori (17-4): Memphis


Na Li (21-3): Australian Open & Shenzhen
Serena Williams (15-2): Miami & Brisbane
Dominika Cibulkova (20-8): Acapulco
Flavia Pennetta (13-4): Indian Wells
Agnieszka Radwanska (18-6): (Indian Wells)
Simona Halep (13-5): Doha
Angelique Kerber (18-8): (Doha & Sydney)
Venus Williams (11-4): Dubai
Maria Sharapova (12-5)
Jelena Jankovic (14-7):

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