Has someone given Tracy Austin the memo that Vera Zvonareva is probably going to qualify for the semis in Doha? Or did someone tell Vera that Tracy thought she had no chance of winning this thing? Either way, Bepa's here, has no fear, get used to it. She beat Ana today, 63 67(5) 64.
I missed the first two sets but it looks like Bepa simply outgutted Baby E for this match. Ana had numerous chances in this match, but she looked sluggish, her footwork wasn't there, and she went for too much at the wrong times. She really should have had that third set, but a missed forehand swing volley here, and a missed forehand return there, pretty much showed everyone that she's still lacking confidence. That she's thinking too much out there.
And all credit to Vera. I really thought she would self-destruct. And Casper definitely toed the line. But she regrouped and held it together and is looking like she's on her way to quailfy for the semis.
As for Ana, she ended her three match winning streak against Bepa and now has a two match losing streak of her own to deal with. She's got Kuznetsova on Friday, in what will be a match for pride both players. Here's hoping she can end her season on a win and not a loss.
Oh yeah, Dick in a Box was in the crowd again today and thankfully, he left his phone at the hotel. Tomorrow's AI's 21st birthday. Maybe he can take her mind of things.