Tuesday, September 29, 2009

5 more seeds out in Tokyo 2nd round

The continuation of second round play yesterday resulted in another five seeded players leaving the Toray Pan Pacific Open. 3rd seed Elena Dementieva lost to U.S. Open quarterfinalist Kateryna Bondarenko, 4th seed Caroline Wozniacki had to retire against Aleksandra Wozniak because of a viral illness, and 6th seed Vera Zvonareva was upset by Alisa Kleybanova.

Magdelena Rybarikova upset 13th seed Nadia Petrova in straight sets. It can be argued, however, that the most interesting result was the upset of 12th seed Sam Stosur, who was defeated 6-0, 6-1 by Maria Sharapova. Sharapova held two match points to achieve a 6-0, 6-0 score, but Stosur was able to stop her. It should also be noted that Sharapova, serving with an 87 first serve win percentage, hit seven aces--and only one double fault. Fans waiting for a turning point may have just found it.

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