Shaky Safina, Sharapova Win at US Open
by Staff | September 2nd, 2009, 1:40 am
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Top-seeded Dinara Safina escaped an embarrassing upset Tuesday in her opener at the US Open, coming back to defeat Australian wildcard Olivia Rogowska 6-7(5), 6-2, 6-4.


“Very tough one,” Safina said. “Well, I made it, you know. I made it into the second round, and you know, that’s a positive thing, because tomorrow is another day. Another chance to step in the court and you know, definitely play a better match.”

Other Top 10 winners were (4) Elena Dementieva, (5) Jelena Jankovic, (6) Svetlana Kuznetsova, and (9) Caroline Wozniacki, all in straight sets.

“I was pretty aggressive today,” Dementieva said. “I think the most important thing was [to] be focused on the game and not to get her rhythm, which was quite slow. I’m glad I was able to stay all the way and not to lose my concentration.”

Dementieva will next face American Melanie Oudin, who beat Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

There were four upset-makers on the day in the Ukraine’s Kateryna Bondarenko who outlasted and out-cried (11) Ana Ivanovic 2-6, 6-3, 7-6(7), Belgian Yanina Wickmayer who topped (16) Virginie Razzano, Czech Petra Kvitova who clubbed (27) Alisa Kleybanova 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-2, and Israel’s Shahar Peer who rolled (32) Agnes Szavay 6-2, 6-2.

“I created a lot of chances for myself, and I’m really disappointed that I made a few mistakes in the important moments and my forehand let me down on a few occasions and obviously it hurts…Yeah, it’s very disappointing. You know, it hurts. I can tell you that,” Ivanovic said.

Three qualifiers and a wildcard also moved into the second round Tuesday in American (Q) Shenay Perry, Croatian (Q) Petra Martic, Australian (Q) Anastasia Rodionova, and American (WC) Christina McHale.

Lower seed Maria Sharapova was also a winner, featured in the night match due to her new Nike dress and Rafael Nadal headband, beating Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova 6-3, 6-0.

“I was pretty happy because I kind of came from a slow court in Toronto to a pretty fast court here, which you always know going into the US Open, the Arthur Ashe Stadium is pretty quick,” Sharapova said. “So it was all about adjustment. I played a tricky opponent who doesn’t give you much rhythm.”

Highlights on the women’s side Wednesday are (17) Amelie Mauresmo vs. Canuck Aleksandra Wozniak, an all-American in Bethanie Mattek-Sands vs. (3) Venus Williams, Hungarian Melinda Czink vs. (2) Serena Williams, Indian princess Sania Mirza vs. (10) Flavia Pennetta, (14) Marion Bartoli vs. Kim Clijsters, an all-Russian in (7) Vera Zvonareva vs. Anna Chakvetadze, (15) Samantha Stosur vs. American Vania King, and Maria Kirilenko vs. (12) Agnieszka Radwanska.


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8 Comments for Shaky Safina, Sharapova Win at US Open

jane Says:

“featured in the night match due to her new Nike dress and Rafael Nadal headband” – Ah, is THAT why they put Sharapova on at night; I was wondering….

“Marion Bartoli vs. Kim Clijsters” – have these two met since Kim’s comeback?


Kimmi Says:

“Marion Bartoli vs. Kim Clijsters” – have these two met since Kim’s comeback?

Yes they met in clijsters debut tournament (cincy). 1st round match and clijsters won in straight 6-4, 6-3. This was when I knew Clijsters still has a game.

So, another big match for her, hopefully she can come thru again, if she can win this, she will have a kind draw there after until Venus in R16


jane Says:

I thought so Kimmi but was too lazy to check. Thanks for filling me in. Hope Kim wins again, as I never took to Bartoli; her game is not that exciting to watch, and her dad/coach’s tactics seem strange.


Ted Hutchinson Says:

I am sick and tired of Safina’s mood swings and her disgusting behavior that is not to be anything even close to being a role model for young girls. Just quit the drama and play you must think your a better player than you really are. You have a complex and you really need to get some help. We don’t feel sorry for you anymore either and I hope you lose and you should have lost yesterday if that girl had a some more experience.


jane Says:

Whoo-hoo Wozniak! She’s definitely taking advantage of Mauresmo’s poor form, but she’s serving consistently enough and hitting some nice returns. Her groundstrokes have definitely been more accurate than Mauresmo’s today.


tenisbebe Says:

Ted Hutchinson Says: “I am sick and tired of Safina’s mood swings and her disgusting behavior that is not to be anything even close to being a role model for young girls.”

What the HELL are you talking about???? She has not displayed any “disgusting” behavior (picking her nose or her shorts) & anyone who’s worked as hard as she has to get her body & game in shape for the top 5 AND has won as many 1000 level tournaments as she has is definitely a good role model for girl. What a stupid idiotic comment. You sound like a disgruntled Serena fan (and if you want to see some one who constantly makes catty remarks about other players on tour, look no further than Serena). If you don’t like Dinara, fine but keep your ravings sane & logical.


leo Says:

Yeah, I was wondering that too… I mean why else would they put Sharapova on center court for a night match?? Not like she has been assigned this spot in prior years and it’s not like she’s won the tournament before.

It certainly is that Nadal headband.

Who writes this stuff? Can you guys hire me? I think I may know just a smidge more than whoever put that together…


Tennis Guy Says:

I wouldn’t say she displayed ‘disgusting’ behavior. Yes, she played really bad (probably the worst pro tennis performance I’ve ever seen) and it seemed as though she didn’t want to be there. She pulled it off and I hope she can pull herself together for round 2.

Tenisbebe, you couldn’t have said it better “and if you want to see some one who constantly makes catty remarks about other players on tour, look no further than Serena.” I completely agree with you on that! Serena complains about everything, especially not being #1 on the WTA. Well, she’s going to have to play more tournaments to get that spot….it’s a numbers game. Safina works her butt off during the regular season and gets those points. Serena just shows up to the bigger tournaments and wins, but that’s just not enough.

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