Sunday, September 26, 2010

Maria survives 2nd set nerves to see off María

Li Na was forced to withdraw from the tournament before her match due to GI illness.

"My stomach felt terrible this morning. I was in a lot of pain and feeling very uncomfortable," Li, ranked No.12 in the world, said. "After my warm-up I was feeling even worse. I tried everything I could to play but unfortunately I was in too much pain. I want to apologize to all of my fans here in Tokyo. I always want to try my best for them here. I'm really hoping to come back next year."

Li was a semifinalist here last year: "I did well here last year and it's just so disappointing for me to have to pull out as I really wanted to put in a good performance this year. Hopefully I'll start feeling better in the next few days."

Li's opponent, Maria Kirilenko, instead played lucky loser María José Martínez Sánchez and won, 6-3 6-7(5) 6-1. Kirilenko looked headed for a straight set win as she built a 6-3 5-3 lead, even up 30-0 serving for the match at 6-3 5-4; she lost four points in a row from there, three on double faults, and eventually lost the set, but stormed through the decider to reach the second round.

No.16 seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova edging Dominika Cibulkova, 7-5 7-5.

Kaia Kanepi, Daniela Hantuchova, Lucie Safarova, Alona Bondarenko, Andrea Petkovic, Olga Govortsova, Kateryna Bondarenko and qualifier Greta Arn also scored first round wins during the afternoon session.


Carlos said...

"The Princess" is not going through a good stretch. Last week she lost easily to Safina in the first round and now she struggled to put away her opponent in the first round, she must learn to go for the jugular. She also must learn how to defeat fellow Russians tennis players, her last three loses and four of the last five have been to other Russians (the other loss was to Azarenka meaning she is also having problems beating players from that region).

Emily or as Carlos likes to call me "Captain" said...

Shes really not, She shoul have closed this match out in 2 sets, but I guess atleast she wasn't stuck in a slaughtering 3rd set. Another exapmle of her not being able to beat her compatriats in AO although she did beat Divapova she was serving 5-3 in the 3rd set and then lost serve! And I honestly thought she would have beaten Safina last week, even easy than what she did New Haven, but I was wrong!

What are your predictions for this Tournament?

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