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Delray Beach (Florida), USA

This week Evgeny plays at the Delray Beach International Tennis Championship.

He is the #2 seed of the qualifications’ draw.

On saturday, he will face J.HUTA-GALUNG (NED) in the first round.

The draw is available : here

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[2]E.KOROLEV def J.HUTA-GALUNG (NED) 4/6 6/3 6/2

He will be opposed to J.LEVINE (USA) in the second round.

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In a tight but solid match [2]E.KOROLEV def J.LEVINE (USA) 6/3 6/4

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Evgeny won his ticket for the main draw defeating P.POLANSKY (CAN) 6/4 6/2

The qualifiers have been spread in the draw, Zhenya will face countrymate [4]I.KUNITSYN in the first round of the tournament.

The draw is available : here

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[Q]E.KOROLEV (RUS) def [4]I.KUNITSYN (RUS) 6/4 7/6(3)

That was kind of a roller coaster match for Zhenya, he took his opponent’s serve right in the beggining of the first set, leading 3/1, then started struggling and lost the 3 next games, but he managed to broke again to win the first set 6/4. In the second set the scenario was almost similar as he was leading with a break before Kunitsyn evened, they ended up playing a tie break from which Evgeny came out as the winner of the match.

He will next be opposed to R.KENDRICK (USA).

Evgeny is also taking part in the doubles competition, which he hasn’t been in a very long time. He is teamed up with P.CAPDEVILLE (CHI) and they will face R.BOPANNA (IND)/ J.NIEMINEN (FIN) in the first round.

The doubles draw is available : here

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[Q]E.KOROLEV (RUS) def R.KENDRICK (USA) 3/6 6/3 7/5

Zhenya is in quaterfinals !

He had a hard time in the first set, was bothered a lot by the wind, couldn’t really find his rythm, and seemed kind of out of it. Down 6/3 2/0 things started to get his way, he came back and managed to win the second set, pretty solidely. However, the third set was not as easy, a lot of ups and downs, just as in the entire match, but he kept his cool and finally came out victorious. He even greeted us with a genius point won with a between the legs shot. Impressive one !

>>> you can watch this shot and a few others from the match : here

To get a spot in semifinal he will be opposed to G.GARCIA-LOPEZ (ESP).

As far as the doubles draw is concerned, it’s over for Zhenya and his partner P.Capdeville, they lost 6/4 7/5.

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February 21, 2009 Posted by | Hard Court Season | Leave a comment