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Budapest Finalists Szavay and Schnyder Post Wins

Straight off Sunday’s final at the Budapest Grand Prix, Agnes Szavay and Patty Schnyder — both Budapest finalists in 2009, too — continue to advance on clay . At the ECM Prague Open, Szavay won against Liana Ungur 6-4, 6-3, while Schnyder overcame a tough test from wild card and the 215th player in the world Zarina Diyas, 6 – 7 (2), 6-4, 6-1.

With the wins, Szavay — the seventh seed — next meets with Iveta Benesova, who faced a tough three set test from the qualifier Mervana Jugic-Salkic. Given Benesova’s long match and their career head-to-head — which Szavay leads 1-0 with a 2008 clay win over the Czech — I see another comfortable win for the Hungarian.

As for Schnyder, she’ll next face France’s Alize Cornet, who edged Tamira Paszek 7-6 (4), 6-7 (3), 6-4. I see the veteran dispatching the 20-year old Cornet in straight sets. Schnyder’s clay court game is simply superior, and she shouldn’t have any trouble closing out the match.

In future rounds, Szavay’s first potential seeded opponent wouldn’t be the semifinals, where she could meet Anabel Medina Garrigues, the fifth seed. Schnyder, who’s in an open section of the draw, could potentially meet the top seed, Lucie Safarova, in the semifinals. Schnyder’s faced Safarova three times in her career. She’s beat Safarova two-of-three times, including the last win at the 2009 US Open.

Although it might be too early to call the finalists for the tournament, Szavay and Schnyder have clear draws to the semifinals. It’d be great to see their momentum continue to see another final round match-up.

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