Saturday, August 30, 2008

Ready for round of 16 in Flushing Meadows

The Williams sisters performed splendidly today, as expected, in their matches against Ai Sugiyama and Alona Bondarenko. Julie Coin went out on a high note, playing a very nice match against winner Amelie Mauresmo, and Dominika Cibulkova was all but blown away by Agnieszka Radwanska. As always, Dinara Safina took us all to the emergency room door before winning over Tamea Bacsinszky. Bacsinszky had some significant overheating and cramping problems, or Safina's come-from-behind tactics may have failed this time.

In a slight upset, Flavia Pennetta defeated Nadia Petrova, and in a big upset, comeback player Anna-Lena Groenefeld defeated Alize Cornet, though Cornet made a remarkable comeback from 1-5 down in the second set. Finally, in an obviously hard-fought match, Severine Bremond defeated Tathiana Garbin.

There was one doubles upset today: Lindsay Davenport and Daniela Hantuchova defeated the number 13 seeds, Elena Vesnina and Vera Zvonareva, in straight sets.

Serena Wiliams def. Ai Sugiyama, 6-2, 6-1
Venus Williams def. Alona Bondarenko, 6-2, 6-1
Amelie Mauresmo def. Julie Coin, 6-4, 6-4
Agnieszka Radwanska def. Dominika Cibulkova, 6-0, 6-3
Dinara Safina def. Tamea Bacsinszky, 3-6, 7-5, 6-2
Flavia Pennetta def. Nadia Petrova, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3
Anna-Lena Groenefeld def. Alize Cornet, 6-4, 7-5
Severine Bremond def. Tathiana Garbin, 7-5, 3-6, 6-4

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