Congratulations to Mother Russia on the sweep of the Ladies' Singles medals. Lena and Dinara weren't surprises (though most probably thought their medals would be switched), but big ups to Bepa, who was a last minute addition to the Russian team when Masha pulled out with a shoulder injury. She also benefited from being in Baby Panda's quarter of the draw, which was obviously weakened signficantly when she withdrew. But all credit to her for keeping her composure (most of the time) and fighting her way to the bronze. I really thought she was going to collapse against hometown favorite Li Na. She came close (she won 60 75), but she pulled through.
She definitely owes Masha a $5 Starbucks card.