Jankovic Janked; Safina, Sharapova On Tuesday at French Open
by Staff | June 1st, 2009, 10:55 pm

French Open outsiders Sorana Cirstea and Sam Stosur crashed the party into the quarterfinals on Monday at Roland Garros, with Cirstea tripping up former No. 1 Jelena Jankovic 3-6, 6-0, 9-7, and Stosur stomping Virginie Razzano 6-1, 6-2.
“It was a really tough match and a tough loss for me,” Jankovic said. “I should have closed out the match at 6-5, 30-0. All of a sudden, point by point, the game went in her favor and everything got complicated. I’ll have to learn from this.”

Cirstea and Stosur will now have a first-time meeting in the quarters.

“We’ve never played,” Stosur said. “I’ve never practiced with her, never hit a ball against her. It will be something completely new, but I’m going to try and talk to a couple of people. This is my best Grand Slam result, so that’s something to be pleased about, but I want to try and get even further.”

No. 2 seed Serena Williams cruised past No. 24 seed Aleksandra Wozniak 6-1, 6-2, while No.7 seed Svetlana Kuznetsova struggled past No. 12 Agnieszka Radwanska 6-4, 1-6, 6-1 to set up a quarterfinals meeting.

“She’s an excellent claycourt player. She moves extremely well on clay and doesn’t do anything bad. It’ll be fun,” Williams said on Kuznetsova. “She’s playing unbelievably on clay. She has been doing really, really well in this tournament. I feel like I have nothing to lose. It’ll be a good test.”

Kuzy is 1-5 versus the younger Williams sister.

“Maybe I don’t have a great record against Serena, but I really enjoy playing her. It’s always fun. We always have tough matches,” Kuznetsova said.

On tap for Tuesday quarterfinal play are (1) Dinara Safina vs. (9) Victoria Azarenka, and (20) Dominika Cibulkova vs. unseeded former No. 1 Maria Sharapova.

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12 Comments for Jankovic Janked; Safina, Sharapova On Tuesday at French Open

Tom Foober Says:

Azarenka all the way!!!! GO GO GO!!!

Jankovic played overconfident it came back to bite her hard.

vared Says:


grendel Says:

Azarenka/Safina looks very interesting, as they have looked the pick of the bunch to me – but Safina hasn’t been tested. Incidentally, Azarenka’s scream is even more irritating than Sharapova’s, which at least has a sort of dramatic quality about it. Azarenka’s, on the other hand, is a steady high monotone, like a demented whine – you find yourself reaching for a knob to see if you can adjust the pitch. Safina makes a racket – but it’s only sometimes, that is the point, in response to pressure of course, and that seems reasonable, can even add to the atmosphere.

Still, should be a cracking match. Hope Safina makes it.

If Kuznezova can forget who’s on the other side of the net, she has every chance to win. But there’s not many can deflect memory that way. It might take a youngster.

TejuZ Says:

Safina is down a set.. but seems to regrouping herself in the 2nd

jane Says:

Happy for Safina. Though she dropped her first set, she dug out and finished confidently. Now Sharpie, who I hope can fight through another one.

nuriko Says:

yes, sfina won! :)

Daniel Says:

Poor Masha, looks like she will be joinning the Tour de France!

jane Says:

Yep looks like Sharapova’s been hit with a bomb today! She ain’t coming back this time. In fact, she may be having two bagels for lunch. Ouch. Still a good comeback tournament for her results wise.

vared Says:

OK Cibulkova now do it.

vared Says:

Well Sean was right that Gonzo would beat Murray. I am so glad about that prediction. Sean and I want Monfils next. The question is this: If Fed wins and beats Gonzo/Soderling will he be the garbage man?

jane Says:

vared, let me take a guess > you don’t like Safina or Serena?

vared Says:

I love all the players except 4. Sort of the opposite of what you mentioned someplace about people only rooting for 1 or 2 players.
Serena,Safina,Fed and Murray. I actively root for their opponents, whoever is playing them. Of course if it’s between two I like I narrow it down to if they are American like me, or someone never won a masters, or they are old and they deserve to win, etc. But I feel good that day. If Safina and Serena play each other I probably won’t watch because I don’t like them.

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