Top seed Dinara Safina came back from a set and a break down to defeat Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez in today's Rome quarterfinals. Safina defeated Martinez Sanchez 4-6, 6-3, 6-0. Of course, a set and a break down is really nothing for Thrill Ride.
Victoria Azarenka is lucky that Kaia Kanepi double-faulted twelve times in their quarterfinal match. Azarenka was something of a mess in this match, in which the players held serve only twice in the opening set. The term "out of sorts" is probably used too much, but no description fits Azarenka's behavior today better. Azarenka, with a 7-6, 6-3 win, goes to the semifinals.
2007 and 2008 Rome champion Jelena Jankovic was taken out of the tournament today by Stuttgart champion Svetlana Kuznetsova, 6-1, 7-6. Toward the end of the second set, Kuznetsova got tight and began making errors. It looked hopeful for Jankovic--I assumed there would be a third set--but Kuznetsova pulled it off.
I didn't get to see Venus Williams play Agnieszka Radwanska, but I understand that Williams was in extremely good form throughout. She must have been: She defeated Radwanska 6-1, 6-2.