Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Sharapova and Clijsters advance in Toronto

My favorite tennis moment today came when Sybille Bammer--having just broken Maria Sharapova and gotten to 40-0 on her own serve--hit a ball out and brought the score to deuce. "Oh, stop it!" the commentator yelled, and I had to laugh, because that's exactly what I was thinking. There were nine breaks of serve in the match, six of them occurring in the second set. Bammer received a standing ovation when she left the court--she fought hard--but really, she had multiple opportunities to be victorious. Instead, Sharapova won, 6-3, 7-6. She double-faulted 17 times, which appears to be the new number for double-faulting frenzies.

There were several upsets in the second round today. In addition to Dinara Safina and Flavia Pennetta, 8th seed Caroline Wozniacki and 9th seed Victoria Azarenka were also defeated. Zheng Jie defeated Wozniacki 7-5, 6-3, and wild card Kim Clijsters defeated Azarenka 7-5, 4-6, 6-1. 11th seed Ana Ivanovic was defeated by qualifier Lucie Safarova, 3-6, 7-5, 6-3. Also upset was 16th seed Dominika Cibulkova. Alisa Kleybanova, saving six match points, defeated her 6-1, 4-6, 7-6.

Patty Schnyder gave 5th seed Jelena Jankovic a hard time, but Jankovic prevailed, 7-5, 6-4.

In doubles, 5th-seeded Hsieh Su-wei and Peng Shuai were upset by Akgul Amanmuradova and Alla Kudryavtseva, 4-6, 7-6, 10-5.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Go Serena