Saturday, October 9, 2010

Rodionova wins singles gold at Commonwealth Games

Anastasia Rodionova of Australia, the top-seeded player in the 2010 Commonweath Games, won the gold medal today after defeating 2nd seed Sania Mirza 6-3, 2-6, 7-6.

The match began with five breaks of serve. With each player taking a set, Mirza served at 2-1 in the third, but was broken. Rodionova served for the match at 5-3, but Mirza broke her. Mirza then saved a match point on her own serve. The set eventually went to a tiebreak, and Rodionova won on her fourth match point, when Mirza double-faulted.

Sally Peers defeated Olivia Rogowska 4-6, 7-6, 6-3 to win the bronze medal.

Rodionova had to play against the crowd, which not only cheered wildly for Mirza, but which also enthusiastically cheered Rodionova's errors, and did not applaud her winners. All of Mirza'a matches in Delhi have been very noisy affairs.

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