The 24th seeded Russian glamazon, who lost out in the same round last year, was defeated by Argentine Gisela Dulko 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 and was the victim of 9 double faults, 27 errors, and a determined opponent. Moreover, Shrieka had her chances but was only able to convert on 4 of 11 break chances. Ouch.
Even though she's only two months into her return after a 10-month shoulder injury absence, this loss will be a tough pill to swallow for the 2004 champion who considers grass her best surface. In fact, she performed better at Roland Garros making the quarterfinals on her least favorite surface. But she still seems to be getting comfortable with her shortened service motion as evidenced by her DF count and low MPH on the delivery.
And, let's face it: an ill-serving Shrieka is no Shrieka at all.
Rich Rodriguez writes the tennis blog Down the Line!