Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Make That 20 Minutes...

The underdog had her day, again.

Melissa Torres, the sub-400 ranked Mexican wildcard, who downed 8th-seeded Nicole Pratt on Tuesday, kept her good fortunes going in her home country today, beating 71st-ranked Eva Birnerova 6-4 6-2.

For some reason, this story has grabbed my attention and I've followed it with vigor, finding out whatever I can on Torres and sloppily deciphering the excited Spanish on the Acapulco tournament Web site.

Tomorrow she will face Julia Schruff, an 83rd-ranked German who took out top-seeded Marion Bartoli with ease in the second round.

Up north in Las Vegas at the Tennis Channel Open, both James Blake and Gustavo Kuerten lost their opening round robin matches. Kuerten did his work as a wildcard to get through his play-in match over the weekend; meanwhile Blake lost to unknown Russian Evgeny Korolev.

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