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Scarlett Werner misses out on a main draw berth
Stuttgart. There will be no additions to the four German players already in the main draw of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix: Scarlett Werner, who after being given a wild card for qualifying was the only German to reach the second round, has missed out on a place in the main draw. On Sunday she lost in two sets 6-3, 6-1 against Zuzana Kucova. The 26-year-old was out of sorts against the Slovakian.
The former Top 10 player Anna Chakvetadze (Russia) on the other hand encountered few difficulties in her second match in Stuttgart when beating countrywoman Regina Kulikowa 6-3, 6-4. She will now meet Ukrainian Mariya Koryttseva for a place in the main draw. Koryttseva won 6-4, 6-0 against Vitalia Diatchenko (Russia). Also in the third round is Michaela Krajicek after her 7-6 (4), 6-2 victory over Yvonne Meusburger from Austria. The Dutchwoman will now play Beatrix Garcia Vidagany. The Spaniard ended Kimiko Date-Krumm’s dreams of making the tournament proper. Aged 40 and the oldest player at this year’s Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, the Japanese went down 6-2, 7-6 (4).
Still on track to making it into the main draw is also the Croatian Ana Vrljic after her 6-4, 7-5 success against Zarina Diyas from Kazakhstan. She will face the American Jamie Hampton, who downed Kristina Kuchova (Slovakia) 6-4, 6-2, for one of the four spots in the main draw. Scarlett Werner’s conqueror Zuzana Kucova is next up in the final round of qualifying for the Austrian Tamira Paszek, who overcame the Slovakian Lenka Jurikova 7-5, 6-4.
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