Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Safina out of Dubai in the 2nd round

There was one great big upset today in Dubai; Virginie Razzano took out 2nd seed Dinara Safina, 6-4, 6-2 (or, as the metaphor-challenged WTA site says: "Dinara Exits Stage Left But Others Sail On"). Safina double-faulted twelve times, and her chronic double-faulting has pretty much made her the new Dementieva.

There was also some illness. Urszula Radwanska, who prevailed over her 9th seeded sister yesterday, had to retire during her match against Camille Pin (making her a really "lucky loser") because of heat illness.

Sara Errani took a set off of Serena Williams, who not only won the match, but delivered Errani a third-set bagel. Venus Williams ran over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, 6-0, 6-1.

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