Thursday, May 8, 2008

Upset City, Germany

Dinara Safina defeated Justine Henin for the first time today

First it was Svetlana Kuznetsova, who lost to Alona Bondarenko. Then the really big upset came: Dinara Safina defeated Justine Henin. After that, Agnes Szavay squeaked by Marion Bartoli. Other seeds had already been upset, but not many people were expecting to see Henin and Kuznetsova go out in the third round.

Henin had a first serve percentage of 43, though she had a first serve win percentage of 66. Her second serve win percentage was 32, and she double-faulted seven times. She was broken eight times by Safina.

Alona Bondarenko is coming into her own as a clay court player. Her next challenge will be Victoria Azarenka, who defeated clay court specialist Gisela Dulko.

Bondarenko def. Kuznetsova, 1-6, 6-2, 6-2
Safina def. Henin, 5-7, 6-3, 6-1
Szavay def. Bartoli, 7-5, 7-5


Herzblut said...

great picture Diane..many thanks. I watched the whole match, and then today's against Serena Williams: I must say it was one of the best matches I've ever seen - a real cracker! I've been a Safina fan for a wee while and it's lovely to see her coming on.

And I don't know if you saw yesterday......a glimpse of Amelie in the crowd, watching the match, looking relaxed and happy.

Diane said...

We didn't get coverage until today, and it's very delayed. But I did get to see the Safina-Williams match this evening. Wow. The scoreline really doesn't reflect what took place, does it? This is a new and more mature Safina.

Of course, I'm crushed that JJ is out.