Thursday, May 31, 2007

And the First to Five Is...

The first woman to win five matches at this year's French Open is Ioana Raluca Olaru.

Yes. The famous IRO.

Miss Olaru came through the qualifying tournament, dropping just one set in three matches to draw Julia Vukalenko, the 30th seed, in the opening round.

Olaru would down Vukalenko in straights, and followed that win up with another - her fifth of the tournament - a 6-3 6-0 drubbing of Tatiana Poutcheck.

The 18-year-old is from Romania. She reached her highest career ranking this past week, topping out at 122 in the world. Olaru has already been to two WTA semifinal this year, breaking through at Memphis in February (losing to Venus in the semis) and then again in Fes just a few weeks ago. She came through the qualies at both those events.

A semifinal here, too? She'll have to get through Ivanovic next.

Any relation?

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