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Three Frenchwomen as Americans stars!

© PANORAMIC Three Frenchwomen as Americans stars!
Rédaction Open GDF SUEZ
Monday, 09 February 2009 at 20:59
Three Frenchwomen and one Top 10 player will be in the spotlight on day two of the Open GDF SUEZ Tuesday at the Pierre de Coubertin Stadium. Introduction.  

Nathalie Dechy, who will turn 30 on February 21, will open the day's competition on centre court. For the first time in her career, the Northerner will face Romania's Sorana Cirstea, also member of the Team GDF SUEZ. After falling back to a modest 63rd place worldwide in singles, Dechy has signed some of her greatest victories on the doubles court.  Mixed finalist in the last Australian Open, “Nath” won't come out a favourite against Sorana Cirstea (18 years old), whose career has shown some of the most remarkable progress in 2008. Ranked 108th early last year, the Romanian finished the season in 37th place, thanks to her victory at Tashkent. Present for the first time on the final draw of the Open GDF SUEZ, she intends to demonstrate the full extent of her talent in front of her sponsor! And it could be at Nathalie Dechy's expense!

As for Emilie Loit, she is present in Coubertin's final draw for the 10th time in her career. Qualifying after three very solid matches without losing a single set, “Milou” can hope to sign a fourth consecutive win against Nicole Vaidisova. Ranked N° 7 worldwide in 2007, the Czech fell to 71st after some disappointing results in 2008. Semi-finalist in the 2006 French Open and in the 2007 Australia Open, she doesn't seem to be in synch with her game since her fling with Radek Stepanek was made public. Now separated, the lovely Nicole hopes to get back into step during  this year's Open GDF SUEZ. Her serve and forehand should help her on the indoor hardcourt here at Coubertin... if her mind can stay on the match!

Alyzé Cornet, French N°1, like an American star!

New n°1 French women's tennis player since Monday, Alyzé Cornet is back from a disappointing weekend at the Fed Cup where her two defeats in singles sped up France's elimination by Italy. Up until then, she was on a positive roll, since for the first time in her career, she played the  fourth round in a Grand Slam tournament during the Australia Open. Well aware that she could count on fan support at Coubertin, Alyzé expressed her intention to “fire up the audience.” It should be said that the Open GDF SUEZ is very dear to her, and she has always been able to count on support from the tournament's main sponsor since she was a teenager. If the shoulder that has been bothering her for some time could just leave her alone, Alyzé shouldn't suffer too badly before modest Latvian Anastasija Sevastova, 199th world ranked and qualifying player. 

Other matches scheduled for the second day of the tournament include: Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska, N° 4 seed, who will make her entry in the running against Ukranian Oxana Lyubtsova, also qualified. Finally, the statuesque Slovakian Daniela Hantuchova, present at Coubertin for the 4th time in her career, will close the singles programme on centre court against Russian Ekaterina Makarova in a “war of the –ovas”, a great classic in women's tennis!

Clément Lizet

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