Tuesday, August 28, 2012

US Open Day 2: Gabashvili

Curtain Call

Player: Teymuraz Gabashvili
Age: 27
Nation: Russia
Current Ranking: 174
Today's Result: loss to Rogerio Dutra Silva (Brazil) in five sets

Photo via ball71

The Georgian-born Gabashvili is nicknamed "Tsunami."  He went through qualifying to reach the main draw.  He reached his career high ranking of 59 three years ago.

Catching Up with Old Friends

Camila Giorgi (Curtain Call, Wimbledon Day 7) - Giorgi is one of my new favorites.  It's a shame that the New York crowd won't get to see more of her.  She lost to Tsvetana Pironkova (Bulgaria) in straight sets.  Now comfortably inside the top 100, Giorgi should be able to enter the main draw directly in Melbourne.

Golden Squid Report

Christina McHale (Golden Squid since 6/29/2012) - Last year's US Open was McHale's breakthrough tournament. This year, the dream of building on her much improved ranking fizzled early as she lost to Kiki Bertens (Netherlands) in three sets.  Her ranking will take a hit as she made it to the third round last year.

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