October 12, 2008

Sidebar -- Kremlin Cup Update

I just wanted to write a quick post to congratulate Jelena Jankovic on her win in Moscow this week. For the first time since Nicole Vaidasova did it in 2005, a woman has won three consecutive WTA Tour titles -- in Jelena's case the China Open in Beijing, the Porsche Grand Prix in Stuttgart and now the Kremlin Cup. She's obviously ready to prove that her #1 world ranking is not accidental.

Congrats, girl!

Separately, congrats to Igor Kunitsyn who earned his first title in Moscow this week, beating the much more experienced Marat Safin in three sets, two of which were forced into tiebreakers. It was Igor's first win after five previous losses to his fellow Russian, and his victory continues the more than three and a half years since Safin has won a title -- and allows me at least one more week to smile smugly and revel in Marat's defeat.

No offense, Marat -- but yay, Igor!

See y'all next time!

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