Tuesday, May 4, 2010

No Italians left in Italian Open

Alberta Brianti, Robeta Vinci, Maria Elena Camerin, Flavia Pennetta, and Francesca Sciavone were defeated today in the Italian Open, leaving no Italians in the draw after the second round. Romina Oprandi, Corinna Dentoni, Tathiana Garbin, and Sara Errani all went out in the first round.

I thought that both Errani and Schiavone--not to mention Pennetta--might stick around longer, though 13th seed Schiavone had to face Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez in the second round, and she is a tough opponent on both clay and hard courts. Martinez Sanchez serves really well, which often gives her a nice advantage.

12th seed Pennetta won only three games against Lucie Safarova. Pennetta had one of her bad serving days, and was broken six times by Safarova.

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