Dinara Safina did what she had to do today at the U.S. Open, and--breaking her pattern of providing non-stop three-set thrills--did it in straight sets.--7-5, 6-0. But even though Anna-Lena Groenefeld's U.S. Open run has ended in the round of 16, her comeback is significant news for the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour.
Groenefeld reached her career-high ranking of 14 in 2006, but then faced some personal problems which led to her fading away. She played challengers to get herself back on the tour, and I don't think there is any doubt that she is now officially back. In the course of the U.S. Open, she took out both Daniela Hantuchova and Alize Cornet, and she hit a 128 mph serve.
Here in the U.S., CBS--in its wisdom--did not show one second of the match.