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Soderling Survives in Three; Pironkova Loses

It was an iffy day for the French Open finalist Robin Soderling and the Wimbledon semifinals Tsvetana Pironkova. While the former needed three sets to win, the later failed to advance.

In Soderling’s case, the 6-2, 6-7 (6), 6-2 relatively rough win at the SkiStar Swedish Open is understandable. He’s been playing at such a high level these past few weeks. Losing a tie-break isn’t bad form by any standards, it just shows that his opponent, the wild card Andreas Vinciguerra, played well on a big point to close out the set. There’s also the possibility that Soderling was nervous before a home crowd. Whatever the reason, I don’t doubt that Soderling will steamroll in the next few rounds to live up to his high standards and go far in the tournament.

Pironkova, on the other hand, shouldn’t have lost to Jill Craybas of the United States in such a lopsided defeat. After crusing 6-2 in the first set, she lost the next two, 6-2, 6-2, to the veteran. Wow, that’s a lot of “2’s.” Anyway, this isn’t what I expected from her. She needs to focus and bring back the game that allowed her to handily dispatch Venus Williams in the Wimbledon quarterfinals. I’ll be tracking her progress over the US Open Series closely. Hopefully, she doesn’t fail to meet (and exceed) expectations.

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