Thursday, June 24, 2010

Kuznetsova and Rezai both upset in Wimbledon 2nd round

18th seed Aravane Rezai was shown the Wimbledon exit today by Klara Zakopalova, who defeated her 5-7, 6-3, 6-3 today in the second round. When Zakopalova is switched on, she does this sort of thing, and creates a great result.

The 19th seed didn't fare any better. Svetlana Kuznetsova was upset 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 by former countrywoman Anastasia Rodionova. Rodionova has been suffering with hip problems for a while, and I'm a little suprised she has lasted this long. She did receive treatment during the match, which apparently helped. She also questioned so many line calls, in her own special way, that Kuznetsova finally let her feelings out by refusing to shake hands with her. Note to Sveta: There are more productive ways of letting your feelings out on the court.

23rd seed Zheng Jie, who was a semifinalist at Wimbledon a couple of years ago, was taken out by Petra Kvitova, who defeated her 6-4, 2-6, 6-2. Zheng--who greatly improved her first serve after hiring a service coach when Justine Henin blew her off the court in the semifinals of the Australian Open--had serious problems with her second serve.

Daniela Hantuchova, seeded 24th, is also gone. She was upset 1-6, 6-2, 6-4 by Barbora Zahlavova Strycova.

Dominika Cibulkova and Ayumi Morita spent 2 hours and 48 minutes on the court today. Cibulkova won, 6-7, 7-6, 7-5.

All of the other seeds won their matches, with the top seed, Serena Williams, defeating Anna Chakvetadze 6-0, 6-1.

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