Top seed Anastasia Rodionova defeated Heather Watson yesterday and advanced to the Commonwealth Games semifinals; Rodionova also made it to the semifinals in mixed doubles. Sania Mirza also advanced to the semifinals.
The Games, held in Delhi, have been problematic from the outset. Prior to the start of the event, a footbridge collapsed and 27 people died. Two major structures collapsed, then a roof collapsed in the weightlifting arena. Members of a cricket team were wounded when their bus was attacked. Monsoons damaged the shooting range, and rain seeped through into the swimming pools. A swimmer was injured by tripping over a loose grill.
When the Games began, two cobras that popped up--one in the players' quarters, and one in a drain in a public area. Then a ceiling tile fell on someone's head at the media headquarters. Now, 15 swimmers have a stomach virus after swimming in the warmup pool.
This is the first time that tennis has ever been played at the Commonwealth Games, and the main attraction for the tennis competition is Sania Mirza, who is seeded as number 2.