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Beijing: Weepy JJ, Azarenka Ousted

Posted by gauloises1 on October 7, 2009

Another eventful day in Beijing. First up, spare a thought for the somewhat forgotten woman, Elena Dementieva, who was after all the last women to capture a title on these grounds and who’s rampaging through her soft draw, demolishing Melinda Czink 3 and 2.

dementieva beijing china open

I’ve got a feeling, I’m telling you. Anyway, she was naturally overshadowed by – for one thing – the ousting of a not entirely healthy JJ by Peng Shuai. Or Shuai Peng. Or both. This wasn’t fun watching. JJ started off great guns and in fact was on the point of clinching the match, but once it got into a third set her resistance melted away, obviously still suffering from the wrist injury that caused her to retire in the Tokyo final. She cried throughout most of it. It was not good.

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In her press conference, JJ talked about not having her mum travelling with her, her physical struggles, and the hope she’ll be able to play Doha – although she doesn’t sound keen on playing Bali as an alternative …

The match of the day was one that I missed, unfortunately. Sharapova beat Azarenka 63 67(5) 75 in what sounds like a marathon encounter. Certainly from her reaction, it seems to have meant a lot to her.

sharapova maria beijing china open

The match also seems to have had a catty flavour to it (unbelievable for a Sharapova match, right?); Azarenka took a couple of medical timeouts, causing Sharapova to allegedy remark on the second one, “What, is her last name Jankovic?”. Nice, Maria. You stay classy.

Otherwise all the seeds progressed, with Zvonareva, Pennetta, Radwanska, Petrova and Bartoli all notching up wins. Good stuff.

daniela hantuchova china open beijing

Singles – Second Round
(2) Serena Williams (USA) d. Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) 63 62
(4) Elena Dementieva (RUS) d. (Q) Melinda Czink (HUN) 64 63
(7) Vera Zvonareva (RUS) d. Francesca Schiavone (ITA) 63 60
Peng Shuai (CHN) d. (8) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) 46 75 62
Maria Sharapova (RUS) d. (9) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) 63 67(5) 75
(10) Flavia Pennetta (ITA) d. (Q) Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR) 36 75 63
(12) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. Patty Schnyder (SUI) 64 61
(13) Nadia Petrova (RUS) d. Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) 61 26 75
(14) Marion Bartoli (FRA) d. Alisa Kleybanova (RUS) 62 63
María José Martínez Sánchez (ESP) d. (LL) Vania King (USA) 64 64

Doubles – Second Round
(1) Black/Huber (ZIM/USA) d. Szavay/Vinci (HUN/ITA) 36 60 103
Yan/Zheng (CHN/CHN) d. (2) Stosur/Stubbs (AUS/AUS) 76(5) 16 119
Pavlyuchenkova/Wickmayer (RUS/BEL) d. (3) Medina Garrigues/Ruano Pascual (ESP/ESP) 26 75 106
(6) Groenefeld/Schnyder (GER/SUI) d. (WC) Kuznetsova/Safina (RUS/RUS) w/o (Safina: low back injury)
Kudryavtseva/Makarova (RUS/RUS) d. (WC) Han/Ji (CHN/CHN) 76(5) 62

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