WTA Tour Qatar Telecom German Open

Event: The Qatar German Open
Dates: May 5th to May 11th, 2008
Event Venue: Rot-Weiss Tennis Club in Berlin, Germany
Surface: Clay/Outdoors
Prize Money: $1,340,000 USD
Defending Champion: Ana Ivanovic of Serbia

The German Open is underway at the Rot-Weiss Tennis Club with the presence of seven of the world’s top 10 players competing in the German capital.

The Berlin tournament boasts the presence of clay court specialist Justine Henin of Belgium. The other top 10 players competing in Berlin this week are Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova, Jelena Jankovic of Serbia, Serena Williams of the US and Russian duo of Anna Chakvetadze and Elena Dementieva. Kuznetsova lost the final to Ivanovic last year.

Here are the results thus far:
Catalina Castano, Colombia, def. Galina Voskoboeva, Russia, 6-2, 6-2.
Alisa Kleybanova, Russia, def. Olga Govortsova, Belarus, 6-0, 6-0.
Akgul Amanmuradova, Uzbekistan, def. Aravane Rezai, France, 7-5, 7-5.
Maria Kirilenko, Russia, def. Elena Vesnina, Russia, 2-6, 7-5, 6-2.
Peng Shuai, China, def. Jill Craybas, United States, 7-6 (4), 5-7, 6-0.
Victoria Azarenka, Belarus, def. Casey Dellacqua, Australia, 6-2, 6-2.
Yan Zi, China, def. Martina Muller, Germany, 6-2, 6-3.
Vera Dushevina, Russia, def. Patty Schnyder (9), Switzerland, 6-2, 6-3.
Gisela Dulko, Argentina, def. Nicole Vaidisova (12), Czech Republic, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2.
Anabel Medina Garrigues, Spain, def. Tathiana Garbin, Italy, 3-6, 7-5, 2-2, retired.

Second Round
Marion Bartoli (8), France, def. Lucie Safarova, Czech Republic, 6-0, 6-3.
Elena Dementieva (7), Russia, def. Kateryna Bondarenko, Ukraine, 6-1, 6-2.
Serena Williams (5), United States, def. Francesca Schiavone, Italy, 6-2, 6-3.

Serena Williams is having a very impressive season having won 16 straight matches including consecutive crowns in Bangalore, Miami and Charleston. Do you think that Serena will continue her winning streak in Berlin?

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Enjoy the matches, Staff


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