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. Shrieka had her chances but was only able to convert on 4 of 11 break chances. In any case, a great win for Gisela who will now face Nadia Petrova for a spot in the Round of 16.
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's still lacking match toughness and still seems to be getting comfortable with her shortened service motion, as evidenced by her DF count and low MPH on the delivery.
Shrieka revealed she still thinks about the injury during practices and matches in her post-match presser:
It's tough to put it out of your mind completely. I sometimes do, you know, find myself in the middle of the match, even sometimes in practice, just, you know, just before a return or before a serve thinking, Wow, it's amazing what I've been through. Here I am playing a match. I sometime have to knock it out of myself a little bit.
But that will go away in a while. I think there was such a big change in my life, such a big layoff, that it's hard.
Clearly, it'll take some time but she'll need to get her serve in gear. I mean, let’s face it: an ill-serving Shrieka is no Shrieka at all.(images via getty)