Posted March 12, 2012 on
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Anabel Medina Garrigues
American teenager Christina McHale stunned Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova with a 2-6, 6-2, 6-3 victory in the night session of the PNB Paribas Open, which has seen several withdrawals because of illness.
Gael Monfils of France, Jurgen Melzer of Austria and American Vania King each battled an intestinal virus that has sidelined at least a half-dozen players.
Melzer did play his singles match but lost in straight sets before withdrawing from doubles.
Vera Zvonareva also withdrew because of a virus, but reportedly her ailment was not the same one that afflicted the other players.
Kvitova has been trying to overcome a virus she contracted while in the Middle East, and that manifested itself when she felt a loss of energy and movement after a good first set against the 19-year-old McHale
''I lost a little bit of my fitness so it was tough moving and having winners,'' she said. ''(McHale) was moving very well so she played a lot of shots back. (And) my serve...
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She was almost crying with joy at the end; trying to believe that she had really beaten the reigning Wimbledon champion, Petra Kvitova in front of a large and supportive crowd on the Stadium Court at the BNP Paribas Open.
But Christina McHale, the 19-year-old from Englewood Cliffs, N.J., had done just that, battling back from a difficult opening set that Kvitova had dominated with...
American teen Christina McHale ousted reigning Wimbledon champion and No. 3 seed, Czech Petra Kvitova 2-6, 6-2, 6-3 on Sunday to move into the round of 16 of the BNP Paribas Open.
“She started off really well, serving really well,” noted McHale. “I couldn’t get a read on her serve in the first set, and I wasn’t moving very well, either.
“And then I just...
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Nadal had not played since losing to top-ranked Novak Djokovic in a nearly 6-hour marathon final at the Australian Open on Jan. 29. The Spaniard was in control throughout the match with Mayer, who...
Then world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki. Current No. 1 Victoria Azarenka. Svetlana Kuznetsova. Marion Bartoli. Petra Kvitova knows exactly what they were thinking when they went down to the unassuming Christina McHale (something close to "What the hell???"). The Wimbledon champ was ousted from Indian Wells by the American 2-6, 6-2, 6-3 in the third round.
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Support around the world for Ricky Rubio seems to continue to pour in. Rubio tore his ACL a few days ago and his season is over. Pau Gasol sent him a nice text message, George Karl wore a FC Barcelona jersey to honor him, and the latest is Rafael Nadal who filmed a cheer up Ricky video which is now on YouTube.
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