Thursday, May 26, 2011

Roland Garros Day 5: Soler-Espinosa

Curtain Call

Player: Silvia Soler-Espinosa
Age: 23
Nation: Spain
Current Ranking: 158
Today's Result: lost to Na Li (6th seed, China) in straight sets

Photo via Tennis Forum

Soler-Espinosa went through qualifying to reach the first Slam main draw of her career. She won her first round match, too, taking out Elena Vesnina (Russia). Alas, Li was too good.

Golden Squid Update

Tobias Kamke (Golden Squid since 1/17/2011) - Kamke lost to 15th-seeded Viktor Troicki (Serbia) in straight sets, thus ending his Roland Garros campaign for 2011. He made the 2nd round last year, too, so no ranking points lost or gained. He'll have more at stake at Wimbledon, where he made the 3rd round last year.

Jurgen Melzer (Golden Squid since 1/24/2011) - Melzer's loss today will hurt a lot more, falling to Lukas Rosol (Czech Republic) in five sets. He made the semis last year so his ranking will take a big hit. Perhaps to conserve his energy for singles, Melzer did not enter the doubles draw in Paris. At Wimbledon, he and partner Phillip Petzschner are the defending doubles champions.

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