ZhenyaSupporters' Blog

Metz, France

This week Zhenya plays the Open de Moselle in Metz. He started on Tuesday, against B.BECKER (GER), after only one day to get used to the surface (coming from his victorious final on clay last sunday).

The main draw is available : here

He also paired up at the last minute with countrymate D.SITAK to replace the french team Mahut/Ouanna after Ouanna withdrew because of a back injury.

The doubles draw is available : here

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E.KOROLEV (RUS) def B.BECKER (GER) 6/2 6/3

Zhenya played really strong tennis in this first round. He got an early break in both sets, showed his powerful forehand, his massive serve, made impressive winners and very few unforced errors. He struggled a little with the serve in the end of the second set but as in the entire match, he stayed focused and ended it 6/2 6/3.

He will be opposed today (wednesday) to D.ISTOMIN (UZB).

[2]R.HUTCHINS (GBR)/J.KERR (AUS) def E.KOROLEV (RUS)/D.SITAK (RUS) 4/6 6/0 10-4

In the doubles draw, Zhenya and his partner D.SITAK unfortunately didn’t pass through the first round. They had a really good start against the #2 seeds R.HUTCHINS (GBR)/J.KERR (AUS) winning the first set 4/6, but it didn’t last as the specialist team, apparently very upset by the outcome of the first set, started a long argument both with the russian pair, and the umpire, in the first game of the second set, it completely broke the rythm of the latest and they weren’t able to really get back into the game. They lost the second set 6/0. They played a little better during the super tie break, but Zhenya was obviously tired, and they both seemed to have lost motivation, they lost it 10-4.

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E.KOROLEV (RUS) def D.ISTOMIN (UZB) 3/6 7/5 7/6(2)

On friday, he will face [2]P.KOHLSCHREIBER (GER) in quaterfinals.

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[2]P.KOHLSCHREIBER (GER) def E.KOROLEV (RUS) 6/1 6/3

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September 21, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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