Player: Irina-Camelia Begu
Current Ranking: 96
Notable Conquest: Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark, 8th seed)
Today's Result: loss to Silvia Soler-Espinosa (Spain) in straight sets
Photo via ball71
Begu was the WTA's Newcomer of the Year in 2011, during which she reached a career-high ranking of #38. Clay is her preferred surface and, before now, Roland Garros had been the only Major where she'd made it out of the first round. Apparently, it's Romanian Woman Appreciation Week here at The Squid.
Catching Up with Old Friends
Jurgen Zopp (Curtain Call, Roland Garros Day 3 and Wimbledon Day 2) - The best name in tennis soldiers on. Zopp made the second round of a Major for the first time this week. Today, he fell to Tomas Berdych (Czech Republic, 6th) in straight sets.
Golden Squid Report
Greta Arn (Golden Squid since 5/24/2011) - At age 33, Arn reached the US Open second round for the first time in her career. In the first round, she beat countrywoman Agnes Szavay in straight sets. Today, she lost to Maria Kirilenko (Russia, 14th), also in straight sets.
Marina Erakovic (Golden Squid since 1/17/2012) - Erakovic and her doubles partner Heather Watson (UK) retired from their first round match today against Ekaterina Makarova/Elena Vesnina (Russia, 6th). I can find no news as to the reason for the retirement. It was a disappointing tournament for Erakovic in singles, too. She lost in the first round to Kristina Mladenovic (France). She and Watson had been on a hot streak, having won two tournaments together since Wimbledon, including last week in Dallas.
Juan Sebastian Cabal (Golden Squid since 1/21/2012) - It was a short US Open for Cabal, too. He and countryman Robert Farah lost in the first round of the doubles draw to Ivan Dodig (Croatia)/Marcelo Melo (Brazil) (12th) in straight sets.