Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Roland Garros Day 3: A New Golden Squid

Curtain Call

Player: Marina Erakovic
Age: 23
Nation: New Zealand
Current Ranking: 167
Today's Result: lost to Arantxa Rus (Netherlands) in three sets

Photo via Otago Daily Times

New Zealand is not particularly known for tennis. Rugby and sailing? They are among the best in the world. Top flight tennis players are few and far between. Erakovic is Croatian by birth, but has lived in New Zealand since she was six. She has a nice website. Check it out here.

Catching Up with Old Friends

Greta Arn
(Curtain Call, Wimbledon Day 5) - Arn lost her doubles match today. This was actually her first time in the doubles main draw of a Slam. She partnered with Jill Craybas (USA) and they lost to the 11th-seeded Spanish team of Martina Jose Martinez Sanchez and A. Medina Garrigues. She fell out of the singles draw yesterday, losing to the 9th seeded Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic) in straight sets. This was her first Roland Garros singles main draw since 2002. This is her fourth consecutive appearance here, thus earning a Golden Squid award.

Photo via Tennis Served Fresh

Photo via tenhand.com

Arn's overall ranking has improved considerably over the past year. She was ranked 136th in the world when she made the third round at last year's Wimbledon. Now 32 years old, she achieved her career-high ranking of #40 just over a week ago. Her current ranking is #46. She is Hungarian born but competed for Germany until 2008, when she represented Hungary in both Fed Cup and Olympic competition.

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