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By John McAfee
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Magdaléna Rybáriková
Isner, the 2007 runner-up in Washington, acknowledged his body feels "like it's a little beat up" after a second consecutive three-setter and a busy 1½ weeks, "but I'll be ready to go tomorrow, for sure."
The struggles started early for the 15th-ranked Stephens, the highest-ranked American behind Serena Williams. She fell behind 0-3 and lost her serve three times in the opening set.
Serena Williams frightened a few people, including herself. Defending champion Victoria Azarenka had a momentary lack of concentration. Two of the biggest names on the men's side at the Australian Open — Roger Federer and Andy Murray — had straight-set wins.
Victoria Azarenka looks quite comfortable so far on the hard courts at Flushing Meadows.
On the morning of her own tournament final match, Slovakia's Magdalena Rybarikova read about Serena Williams' domination over Maria Sharapova in the gold medal match of the Olympic Games.
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova covered herself with wet towels. Two bags of ice rested on her knees and trainers handed her bottles of Gatorade and water. At that point, she said she was only half-conscious.
No. 2 Chanelle Scheepers and fifth-seeded Barbora Zahlavova Strycova both lost first-round matches at the Citi Open on Monday.
Magdalena Rybarikova arrived in Washington on Saturday for the 2012 Citi Open, the first trip to the U.S. capital for the Slovakian professional tennis player. Thanks to an upset on Day 1 of the tournament, she'll be extending her stay a little bit longer.
A day after the tournament began, the French Open is really about to get started.
Anna Tatishvili of Georgia has rallied to defeat Slovakia's Magdalena Rybarikova 0-6, 7-5, 7-5 and reach the second round of the Prague Open.
"Her game went down and I had my chances," said Rybarikova, who broke McHale three times in the final set. "Especially in the third set, I really played my game."
"It's not even possible how [Serena Williams] was playing," Rybarikova said.