The second round results from the Com4Net Women's
Bavarian Open were full of surprises. The much improved Swiss, Agnes Muller,
number 82 in the world, has dramatically strengthened her whole game under
the guidance of former New Zealand international, Paul Steele. She defeated
the Scot, Pamela Nimmo, world number 17, in three decisive games 9-4,
The biggest upset of the draw so far,
though, is the tremendous win this afternoon by eighteen year old French
number one, Isabelle Stoehr (world # 59) who thrashed the top ranked qualifier
and world number 12 Rebecca Macree. Stoehr, the world junior finalist,
did not falter under pressure or the intimidation tactics used by Macree
during the third game to take the game and match 9-1, 9-1, 9-5.
Jenny Tranfield defeated fellow Briton,
Vicky Botright, 9-3, 9-1, 9-2 in a one-sided match lasting only thirty
My matchup today was against Janie
Thacker, who had taken a game from me in our last meeting. I was able
to take away the win in a relatively comfortable 9-3, 9-7, 9-2. I was
pleased to have been able to keep control of the match against Janie.
She is capable of pushing me much further when given the opportunities
during the match. My match tomorrow against Natalie Grainger will be a
tough matchup, but I am moving well and feeling confident.
After the matches, the "lucky
loser", to fill the fifth open spot in the main draw was selected
at random. After her upset today,
Rebecca Macree was the lucky one to get a reprieve. Muller drew Fiona
Geaves, Tranfield drew Carol Owens, Stoehr drew Leilani Joyce, and I drew
The Stoehr - Joyce matchup is shaping
up to be a fascinating contest.