Monday, May 10, 2010

More drama on day 3 in Madrid

On Saturday, it was 5th seed and French Open defending champion Svetlana Kuznetsova. On Sunday it was French Open favorite Justine Henin. And today it was defending champion Dinara Safina who went out in the first round of the Mutua Madrilena Madrid Open. Klara Zakopalova, when she's focused, is a fine hitter. She was very focused today, and Safina couldn't handle her. Zakopalova's deep ball-striking did in Safina's forehand, and the world number held on to take the match 7-6, 7-6. Safina was up 4-1 in the first set, and served twice for the second set, but simply could not make her game work today.

Meanwhile, the top seed, Serena Williams, played the longest match of her career today, spending  3 hours and 26 minutes on the court with Vera Dushevina, who just wouldn't go away. Dushevina went up 4-0 in the third set tiebreak, but anyone who has ever watched Dushevina knew what was about to happen; closing matches is simply not her strong suit. Williams won, 6-7, 7-6, 7-6, and advances to the third round.

8th seed Sam Stosur barely made it out of the first round. She survived a predictably tough contest against Gisela Dulko. There was only one break in the match, which Stosur took 7-6, 7-5.

Agnes Szavay and 10th seed Victoria Azarenka both retired, both with right thigh problems. The beneficiaries of these retirements were Patty Schnyder and wild card Peng Shuai, respectively.

Petra Kvitova and Caroline Wozniacki played a first round match that pretty well summed up their playing styles: Kvitova hit exactly four times the winners Wozniacki hit--and lost in straight sets.

2 comments:

Karen said...

LOL - you know when I used to live elsewhere I never used to watch Eurosport because I had TC. Because I now live in a country where there is no TC I now have to watch Eurosport in order to see women's tennis. My ESPNs only broadcasts the men's matches, even when it is a combined event. Anyway, I have found myself enjoying the commentary but what I enjoy even more are the match stats. In addition to the match stat that you posted in the Wozniacki match, in the Serena/Vera match Serena hit 64 winners and 73 UFEs while her opponent hit 30 winners and about 44 UFEs. I had to shake my head at that one because for pretty much all of the match the outcome was on Serena's racquet. Wozniacki is a very nice girl. She plays fair and today I saw her over rule a call, called it in, and gave her opponent 2. You hardly see that any more. But ... and this is a big one ... girlfriend needs to learn how to finish points. If she continues like this she will start developing all sorts of joint problems like her compatriot Nadal on the men's side.

Diane said...

I didn't get to see the stats for Serena's match; I think the phone rang or something when they were on the screen. So thanks for posting them, Karen. I wish I could have seen the whole match, but I just saw parts of it. Sometimes Serena just goes through something like that.

You're right--Wozniacki can grind it out, big-time. I hope she stays healthy.