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Beijing: Vera, Agnieszka, Marion Into Quarterfinals

Posted by gauloises1 on October 9, 2009

These matches got a bit overshadowed by the drama that was Williams-Petrova, but they did happen, I saw them with my own eyes. Well, not the Marion one, that was a bit early, but she beat Zhang Shuai of Dinara-defeating fame 61 64 to book her place in the quarterfinals.

bartoli beijing china open 2009

Bartoli will face Vera Zvonareva, who defeated Flavia Pennetta in a three-set match that was fairly classic Vera – meaning that she served for it three times, once in the second set, before actually getting it done. And cried. Pennetta required treatment for a back injury in the third set and was I think 52 down, but she didn’t seem to believe that she could lose the match – possibly because of what happened when they played at the US Open. I didn’t see Vera getting it done either, but she did (albeit helped out by some dodgy line-calling in the final game, although the calling was generally terrible throughout the match for both players). Usually I’d say she didn’t have much of a chance against Bartoli, but their H2H is 8-1 in favour of Vera, with Marion’s sole victory coming back in 2006. So there’s that.

Agnieszka Radwanska had a bit of a let-off against Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, who was up a set and 4-0 before completely imploding. Agnieszka didn’t play her best, but matches like that really do confirm that she doesn’t so much win matches as wait for her opponent to lose them. And she’ll be up against Dementieva and my feeling thereof, so we’ll see how that goes …. 

Singles – Third Round
(13) Nadia Petrova (RUS) d. (2) Serena Williams (USA) 64 36 76(5)
(7) Vera Zvonareva (RUS) d. (10) Flavia Pennetta (ITA) 63 57 75
(12) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. María José Martínez Sánchez (ESP) 46 64 62
(14) Marion Bartoli (FRA) d. (WC) Zhang Shuai (CHN) 61 64

Doubles – Quarterfinals
Kudryavtseva/Makarova (RUS/RUS) d. (4) Llagostera Vives/Martínez Sánchez (ESP/ESP) 26 76(8) 107
Kleybanova/Schiavone (RUS/ITA) d. (1) Black/Huber (ZIM/USA) 36 76(5) 119
(5) Hsieh/Peng (TPE/CHN) d. Pavlyuchenkova/Wickmayer (RUS/BEL) 63 61

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