Thursday, June 26, 2008

More seeds out at Wimbledon

Yesterday, the only seeded player to make an exit was Alona Bondarenko, and that was due to her retirement because of her injured knee. Under normal circumstances, Li Na would have been seeded, but she has missed so much play because of injuries that she came into the main draw without a seed and was defeated in the second round.

Today was a different story. The big news, of course, was that number 3 seed Maria Sharapova lost to Alla Kudryavtseva. But that was not the whole upset story:

Number 10 seed Daniela Hantuchova, who had not played a match since April, understandably lost to Alisa Kleybanova. 13th seed Vera Zvonareva lost a closely contested match to grass specialist and Ordina Open winner Tamarine Tanasugarn. Seed number 22 Flavia Pennetta lost to Ai Sugiyama, and seed number 25, Lindsay Davenport--suffering with a bad knee--gave Gisela Dulko a walkover. Number 26 seed Sybille Bammer, who is not having a good season, lost to the always-dangerous Peng Shuai. And number 32 seed Sania Mirza, who is not match-tough at this point, lost to Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez.

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