Thursday, May 14, 2009

Madrid quarterfinals set

This is the lineup for the Madrid quarterfinals, which take place on Friday:

Car0line Wozniacki vs. Vera Dushevina
Dinara Safina vs. Alona Bondarenko
Agnes Szavay vs. Amelie Mauresmo
Jelena Jankovic vs. Patty Schnyder

Number 7 seed Victoria Azarenka was upset today by Agnes Szavay, who is making a nice comeback this year. It is only fair to say, however, that Azarenka and her partner, Elena Vesnina, retired near the beginning of their doubles quarterfinal because of a knee injury sustained by Azarenka. I think that if Azarenka had been totally healthy, she would still have lost to Szavay, but we won't know much about that until the next time the two of them meet on red clay. Szvay, for her part, appears to have returned to form after enduring a dreadful 2008 season.

Two players served bagel sets today. Dinara Safina took her first set against Lucie Safarova, 6-0, and Alona Bondarenko served a 6-0 first set to Anna Chakvetadze. Both matches went three sets.

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