Shaughnessy Upsets Zvonareva at WTA Stanford

Posted on July 27, 2005

American qualifier Meghann Shaughnessy took a step toward turning her brutally-poor 2005 season around Tuesday at the WTA stop in Stanford, uprooting No. 5 seed Vera Zvonareva 7-6 in the third in opening-round play on the California hardcourts.

"I played three pretty good matches in qualifying and that helped me," said Shaughnessy, who saved a match point, and was coming off a loss to the Russian last week in Cincinnati. "I always say there's nothing worse than being sent home by the same player in two consecutive tournaments. I'm glad to win if for nothing else to protect my own sanity."

Shaughnessy began the year with opening-round losses at Canberra and the Australian Open, and has reached the quarterfinals or better just once since a runner-up effort at Memphis in February, dropping to No. 69 on the WTA Rankings.

The other two seeds in action advanced in straight sets in (7) Jelena Jankovic (d. (Q) Irvin) and (8) Francesca Schiavone (d. Jidkova).

Unseeded players into round two were Czech Iveta Benesova (d. Peng), Indian lucky loser Sania Mirza (d. (WC) Daniilidou in three), Germany's Anna-Lena Groenefeld (d. (Q) Peer), and former Top 10er Daniela Hantuchova (d. (WC) Stevenson).

"With her I knew I didn't have to go for it too much," said Hantuchova of the erratic Stevenson who is coming off shoulder surgery. "There's no pressure on me and I can just work on my game. I can enjoy myself on the court with no expectations."

On tap Wednesday in Stanford are Bartoli vs. Schnyder, Raymond vs. Dechy, Jankovic vs. Amy "Joltin' Joe" Frazier, and the day's highlight in India's (LL) Mirza vs. Venus Williams.

"I played Serena at the Australian Open and was a little bit nervous there, but I'm looking at playing Venus as an opportunity," said the wildly-popular Mirza, gainly as much attention for her physical assets as her grounded approach to life. "She's one of the best players in the world but no one is unbeatable."