Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Williams and Kuznetsova both out of Rogers Cup in 2nd round

Only two second round matches were played today in Toronto, and both resulted in major upsets. Sam Stosur defeated 6th seed Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-4, 6-3, and qualifier Kateryna Bondarenko defeated 3rd seed Venus Williams 1-6, 7-5, 6-4.

Kaia Kanepi had another "good" loss, this time going out 6-4, 7-6 to Lucie Safarova. Kanepi is having a poor season, but her last few matches have been rather competitive. Yaroslava Shvedova slipped past Daniela Hantuchova, 7-6, 7-6, and Shahar Peer played a typically long Peer match, lasting three hours. She defeated Monica Niculescu, 6-4, 4-6, 7-6.

In doubles, 7th seeds Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Patty Schnyder served for the match twice in the second set in their first round competition with Vera Dushevina and Anastasia Rodionova--and twice they were broken. Dushevina and Rodionova won the match 3-6, 7-6, 10-7. Yan Zi and Zheng Jie were defeated by Agnieszka Radwanska and Caroline Wozniacki, and 8th-seeded Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Nadia Petrova were upset by Alisa Kleybanova and Ekaterina Makarova.

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