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Roland Garros – French Open 2009

As some of you may already know, Evgeny had to retire from his last match (with his double partner D.Tursunov) in the ARAG World Team Cup on Friday.

The reason given was an ankle injury, although no details have spread yet about the seriousness of the injury.

However, Zhenya is still lined up in the French Open main draw (both in single and double with countrymate I.ANDREEV), his first round match against D.GIMENO-TRAVER (ESP) is supposed to take place on Tuesday. But the doubt about Evgeny’s participation kinda remains since he’s been nowhere to be seen on location yet.

More informations about it coming as soon as possible…

Update : Here is a video link where you can watch (fast forward to 2:50) the moment Zhenya twisted his ankle.

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As mentioned above Evgeny will be opposed to D.GIMENO-TRAVER (ESP) in his first round match.

The complete main draw is available : here

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D.GIMENO-TRAVER (ESP) def E.KOROLEV (RUS) 6/4 ret.

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* picture : courtesy of rrfnpump

After a good pratice session this morning, during which Evgeny was testing his ankle, he got comforted in his decision to take his chances, and play this first round.

Despite the rain delay, the match started in the afternoon. Zhenya started pretty well, he even had a few break points he wasn’t able to convert – let’s give credit where it’s due, Gimeno-Traver is a strong server-.

The first set was tight, Evgeny’s level was good but he quickly seemed bothered by his left ankle. After the spaniard broke him, he called for medical time, but the doc’ told him there was not much he could do. Zhenya was led 5/4, he got back into the game, lost the first set 6/4, and retired.

It was very brave of him to go out there and try, and even though it’s sad he couldn’t perform at his best in this French Open, it is without a doubt the wisest decision to take a little time off and rest this ankle.

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He’s gonna give it another try !

Tomorrow Evgeny will play the first round of the double draw, associated with I.ANDREEV (RUS). They will face J.BRUNSTROM (SWE)/JJ.ROJER (AHO).

The complete double draw is available : here

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J.BRUNSTROM (SWE)/JJ.ROJER (AHO) def I.ANDREEV (RUS)/E.KOROLEV (RUS) 6/1 6/1

It took only 40 minutes to the doubles specialists to defeat the Russian pair.

An exhausted Igor (who just played a 4 hours match in the single draw) and a disminished Zhenya, still suffering from his ankle, were obviously not enough to upset the well oiled machine that is the pair Brunstrom/Rojer.

May 24, 2009 Posted by | Grand Slam Tournaments | 1 Comment