Thursday, May 27, 2010

Radwanska and Zvonareva out of French Open

8th seed Agnieszka Radwanska was upset in straight sets today by Yaroslava Shvedova today in the second round of the French Open. Radwanska was upset in more ways than one: Her father/coach, Robert Radwanski, the lead member in the current group of Tennis Fathers from Hell (Aravane Rezai's father seems to have put himself "on probation," and Maria Sharapova's father--after mellowing considerably, at least publicly--has disappeared altogether), sat in the box, verbally and visibly counting his daughter's errors. Eventually, she let him have it, telling him to take his numbers and get out, as well as some other, less printable, things that I would have cheered had I been there. From all I can gather, the officials pretended not to hear the outburst.

Shvedova hit 44 winners in her 7-5, 6-3 victory.

Also going out was 21st seed Vera Zvonareva, who had problems with her serve. She was defeated 6-4, 6-4 by Anastasia Rodionova. And Aleksandra Wozniak defeated 31st seed Kateryna Bondarenko. Zvonareva, Wozniak and Bondarenko are all finding their way back after having sustained injuries and their aftermath.

4th seed Jelena Jankovic was taken to the edge by Kaia Kanepi, but found her way back to win, 6-2, 3-6, 6-4. Alisa Kleybanova, seeded 28th, defeated 2008 champion Ana Ivanovic 6-3, 6-0, and Kimiko Date Krumm--still in pain and still hobbling--lost to Jarmila Groth.

Also advancing were 5th seed Elena Dementieva, 11th seed Li Na, 17th seed Francesca Schiavone, 27th Alona Bondarenko, and Shahar Peer, who defeated lucky loser Bethanie Mattek-Sands.

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