Kuznetsova Upset, Serena Williams Headlines Loaded Field at WTA Madrid
by Staff | May 8th, 2010, 11:09 pm

The WTA Tour event in Madrid began on Saturday, and No. 5 seed Svetlana Kuznetsova and American hopeful Melanie Oudin are already on the sidelines.
Israel’s Shahar Peer recorded the biggest upset at the Mutua Madridilena Madrid Open, defeating the Russian Kuznetsova 6-0 in the third set. Oudin lost in straight sets in a tough draw against unseeded Russian Vera Zvonareva.

“Sveta is a great player, especially on clay. But anyone you play here is going to be tough,” Peer said after toppling the reigning French Open champion. “I’ve been playing well since the beginning of the year. Even the matches I’m losing, it’s just a point here and a point there. I’ve been working very hard on my game the last two years and I saw the fruits starting to come last summer. I’m playing with a lot of confidence right now.”

The Top 8 players in the world make up the top eight seeds in Madrid: Serena Williams, Caroline Wozniacki, Dinara Safina, Venus Williams, Kuznetsova, Elena Dementieva, Jelena Jankovic and Sam Stosur.

Among the draw highlights, No. 11 seed Maria Sharapova opens against Lucie Safarova and is looking at a match-up against her Russian countrywoman Dementieva in the third round. The No. 3-seeded Safina could face unseeded Justine Henin in the second round, with the winner looking at a likely match-up against No. 14 Flavia Pennetta.

The No. 7-seeded Jankovic and fellow former No. 1-ranked Serb Ana Ivanovic are looking at a second-round match-up. The No. 8 Stosur has a tough opener against Gisela Dulko, with the winner to face the hot-handed Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez. No. 9 Aggie Radwanska opens against Maria Kirilenko, No. 15 Francesca Schiavone faces (Q) Alize Cornet, and No. 10 Victoria Azarenka opens against (WC) Shuai Peng.

Safina defeated Wozniacki in last year’s final.

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8 Comments for Kuznetsova Upset, Serena Williams Headlines Loaded Field at WTA Madrid

Kimmi Says:

Kutzy, oh dear still struggling.

Well, at least she can take heart that another FO defending champion (the fed)is in the same hole.

Karly Says:

Kuzy has a bad shoulder,I’m surprised that is not beeing talked about since obviously a bad shoulder is going to affect her play.

BT Says:

…and Safina loses first round in Madrid… let the free-fall down the rankings begin.

Kimmi Says:

Henin and sharapova are out too.

jane Says:

Henin’s out? Who beat her? I am not surprised about Sharapova; she’s been struggling anyhow, but clay is her worst surface. Too bad for her, because the FO is the only slam she’s missing for the career slam.

Kimmi Says:

Rezai beat Henin yesterday 4-6 7-5 6-0.
The way she lost the third set is so poor. She is gutted, she said she hoped to win in madrid..oh well.

Serena was taken to 3 tie break sets with dushevina..was a great match, watched first 2 sets..

jane Says:

I’ve been missing the last ladies’ matches, though I followed some in Rome; I wonder who’ll win the FO on the ladies’ side. At first I thought since Justine is back she’s the most likely candidate but that doesn’t seem to be the case. Certainly Serena is a contender, maybe JJ, maybe Sanchez. Hmmm.

Kerrod Says:

Due to Wozniacki losing in the second round, Venus Williams will rise to number 2 in the world. The Williams Sisters will be 1 & 2 in the world once again.

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