Thursday, April 29, 2010

Safina wins first match in Stuttgart

Dinara Safina made her official return to the tour today and won her first match in Stuttart. The 2nd seed defeated Agnes Szavay 7-6, 3-6, 6-0.

Top seed Caroline Wozniacki was upset in straight sets by Lucie Safarova, and 6th seed Victoria Azarenka was also defeated in straight sets, by Anna Lapuschenkova. Both Wozniacki and Azarenka have recently sustained injuries.

8th seed Yanina Wickmayer also went out, 6-3, 7-5, at the hands of wild card and countrywoman Justine Henin.

The top doubles seeds, Gisela Dulko and Flavia Pennetta, won their quarterfinal match, defeating Liezel Huber and Jelena Jankovic.

In Fes, 2nd seed Patty Schnyder was defeated 6-2, 7-6 by Simona Halep. Schnyder was two points from winning the second set when Halep broke her. Also upset was 5th seed Angelique Kerber, who lost to Renata Voracova.


Sunny said...

Well, glad to see Safina back. She pulled off a three-set win which is not uncommon for her. I wish I could have seen her but it will be interesting to see her play Henin tomorrow.
Is there a reason that Wozniacki and Azarenka played after having been recently injured? Both went out in the 2nd round last year at Stuttgart and so didn't have points to defend. I think it would have been better for them to take a little more time to heal.
I was upset about Schnyder? Where do you think she is in her career? I am afraid she is getting to that point of calling it quits. She will be missed.

Diane said...

I don't think Wozniacki should have played, but Azarenka probably thought it was time--and it probably was. She had to start somewhere. Her injury isn't really that recent.

Patty considered retiring at the end of 2009, but decided to play another year. She now says that she may play in 2011, but is more likely to retire at the end of this year.