USO Day Four: Further Adventures In Misery
Posted by gauloises1 on September 4, 2009
At the very same moment that JJ was going down in a third-set tiebreak, Sabine Lisicki was losing to Anastasia Rodionova, 63 36 75.
The only photo of this event, apparently.
Licky played an abysmal first set where she could barely get a first serve in or find the court, and then promptly went down 3-0 in the second. Then she found some composure, picked up her serve a bit, and started finding her shots, taking the second set fairly easily and serving for the match at 5-3 in the third. Then she … well, imploded. Painfully.
It got worse; scrambling to save match point, Licky went over and hit the court screaming in pain. She couldn’t get up and it looked to be an ankle injury. Cue tears, anxiety and her eventually being wheelchaired off. It put the loss in perspective though. I just want her to be healthy! (And, sssh, winning, but mainly healthy).
Anyway, all credit to Rodionova, who I’ve not seen before. She’s a very feisty player with big shots who hung in there and earned her victory.
(Through gritted teeth) Well done to her.
So, to recap … the women’s draw has lost 16 of 32 seeds in total; nos. 4 (Dementieva), 5 (Jankovic), 11 (Ivanovic), 12 (Radwanska), 14 (Bartoli), 15 (Stosur), 16 (Razzano), 17 (Momo), 19 (Schnyder), 20 (Medina Garrigues), 23 (Lisicki), 25 (Kanepi), 27 (Kleybanova), 28 (Bammer), 30 (Bondarenko) and 32 (Schnyder). And it’s only the second round.
Oh yeah, and my two biggest favourites on the WTA side are gone in JJ and Licky. My only hopes for happiness in the next few rounds are Sorana Cirstea and Victoria Azarenka. Who have Wozniacki and Li Na next.