Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Zhang Shuai ends Safina’s reign

2009 China Open - Day 4
Wildcard Zhang bounced the soon to be former number one Safina in Beijing meaning all Serena has to do is fall over Makarova to regain the poisoned chalice.

Safina’s probably not saying so but she must be relieved to be rid of the thing. She’s a likable person and a fine competitor but the world number one she is not, and she’s been slowly crumbling under the weight of the comparison with the much less playing but better credentialed Serena Williams. What’s the bet that with the pressure off number two Safina cleans up at the end of year championship?

Marat Safin gave hope in Beijing, strolling past Acasuso – even James Blake had a win. Also Cilic, Ferrero, Djokovic and Robredo. The not so shy Karlovic went home early. Hewitt beat local wildcard Ito in Toyko.

Cornet crashed out in Beijing, both Bondarenko’s are doing well, Venus is not and must now hate to see Pavlyuchenkova’s name in her draw. The Kuz thrashed AMG and Li Na – formally the best of the Chinese – dished out a bagel to Safarova in her win.

Video: Athens winner’s ceremony

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