Saturday, March 28, 2009
Dulko upsets Jankovic at Sony Ericsson Open
Always a formidable opponent, Gisela Dulko upset number 3 seed Jelena Jankovic in Miami tonight, 6-4, 7-5. There were nine breaks of serve, and for the first two-thirds of the match, Dulko's second serve wins in both directions marked the only real difference between the players, statistics-wise (I was not able to see the match). Dulko has a solid game and is a hard hitter, but she has a very inconsistent serve, which keeps her from pulling off more upsets.
Also upset today were 23rd seed Ai Sugiyama, who was defeated by Ekaterina Makarova; 29th seed Aleksandra Wozniak, defeated by Li Na; and 30th seed Sara Errani, defeated by Anna-Lena Groenefeld.
Qualifier Michaella Krajicek took Nadia Petrova to three sets, but lost to her. And Kaia Kanepi performed a comeback just in the nick of time, to defeat Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, 4-6, 6-4, 7-5, in what looked--from the scoreboard--to be the thriller of the day.