Kirilenko ruins Radwanska’s Doha hopes in Moscow

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Agnieszka RadwanskaWorld No.10 Agnieszka Radwanska lost her chance to take the final qualifying spot for the prestigious Sony Ericsson Championships in Doha, losing to 61st-ranked Maria Kirilenko 6-3 6-3 in the first round of the Kremlin Cup.

Radwanska’s defeat means that Jelena Jankovic and Vera Zvonareva will fight it out for the eighth spot at the season-ending Championships. Still, Radwanska will be an alternate for Doha, along with the loser of the qualifying battle between Jankovic and Zvonareva.

World No.12 Flavia Pennetta had a shot at being an alternate at the Sony Ericsson Championships, but she retired from her first-round match at the Kremlin Cup and her chance has thus been removed. The Italian won the opening set against Agnes Szavay 6-4, but after losing the first three games of the following set she retired with a left knee injury. (photo: Ralf Reinecke)

8 COMMENTS

  1. Yeah, I am with you on this one. She has her moments of greatness but also pretty bleak moments. She needs to keep her head a bit more, but that goes for all Russian players, it seems.

  2. Marine, Kirilenko hasn’t really shined in a long time. I’m actually pleasantly surprised she had these victories in Moscow.

  3. Hmm, maybe she is still finding ground under her feet. It can take a while,the talent is there undoubtedly… But I don’t think it’s another Sharapova.

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