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WTA Madrid: Sharapova, Henin Out Already

Posted by gauloises1 on May 10, 2010

Remember when I said this shit was going to be bananas? And then that it already was? Well, further credence has been leant to that theory.

Maria Sharapova’s first match since Indian Wells didn’t go so well, as she was shown the door by Lucie Safarova, 64 63. Given that Maria was making her comeback from her surgery about this time last year (Warsaw, if memory serves), it’s a bit worrying that she hasn’t really seemed to kick on from what she achieved in 2009. But Safarova is a tough draw and as usual, Sharapova displays nothing but good sense, determination and a healthy sense of propotion (and I’m actually not being sarcastic):

After this setback, she started with the usual platitudes about being too slow off the mark; wishing she had more matches under her belt and moving forward.

Then someone asked her if it was a pain for her to have to change her travel arrangements because of this early loss. Weren’t the logistics a bit difficult?

“That’s why we get paid so well,” she shot back and then went on to reveal a little about her philosophy of life.

“We don’t get paid because everything is brought to us on a gold plate every single day. We don’t wake up in the morning with someone brushing the clay off our shoes. We go out there and we work as many hours as we need to become better. There’s no real secret to success. People ask you why you won this and why you became that. I don’t know. That’s the way life goes. Why is this a difficult period for me? I don’t know. It’s a lesson.

“I still have to go out tomorrow and change my flights and it’s not a big deal – I mean it is a big deal but it’s just another thing. The bottom line is that you rely on a strong family back home. Because realistically a tennis match is a tennis match. We hit a yellow tennis ball with a racket and it’s actually quite funny when you think about it. But that’s my life at the moment and I enjoy doing it and I know what comes with it.”

(Confession: I can’t find the article that this came from – I found it courtesy of thedoublebagel‘s twitter. But I liked the quotes too much not to use it.)

Things didn’t go much better for Justine Henin, who was shown the door by Aravane Rezai in a match that included a third-set bagel. Henin was suffering from a cold but it’s still a huge win for Rezai, who’s a big favourite of mine. Good stuff from her.

Agnieszka Radwanska and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova both notched up solid wins too over Maria Kirilenko and Daniela Hantuchova respectively. And streaming starts from tomorrow …


Singles – First Round
(4) Venus Williams (USA) d. (Q) Stefanie Voegele (SUI) 64 62
(9) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. Maria Kirilenko (RUS) 62 62
Lucie Safarova (CZE) d. (11) Maria Sharapova (RUS) 64 63
(15) Francesca Schiavone (ITA) d. (Q) Alizé Cornet (FRA) 62 62
Aravane Rezai (FRA) d. Justine Henin (BEL) 46 75 60
Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) d. (Q) Iveta Benesova (CZE) 62 62
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d. Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) 64 76(2)
Olga Govortsova (BLR) d. (LL) Tathiana Garbin (ITA) 75 62
Alexandra Dulgheru (ROU) d. Melinda Czink (HUN) 61 ret. (left shoulder injury)
Vera Dushevina (RUS) d. (Q) Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) 62 61

Doubles – First Round
Chan/Zheng (TPE/CHN) d. (5) Black/Vesnina (ZIM/RUS) 60 76(6)
Chuang/King (TPE/USA) d. Errani/Vinci (ITA/ITA) 60 64
Rodionova/Schnyder (AUS/SUI) d. Govortsova/Kudryavtseva (BLR/RUS) 16 76(1) 105
Ruano Pascual/Shaughnessy (ESP/USA) d. (WC) García Vidagany/Soler Espinosa (ESP/ESP) 63 76(6)
(WC) Safina/Szavay (RUS/HUN) d. Amanmuradova/Hsieh (UZB/TPE) 26 63 108


Manolo Santana (from 12.00hrs)
1. Serena Williams vs. Vera Dushevina
2. ATP: Robert vs. Monfils (NB 14.00hrs)
3. ATP: Kubot vs. López (NB 16.00hrs)
4. ATP: Moyá vs. Becker (NB 20.00hrs)
5. Dinara Safina vs. Klara Zakopalova (NB 21.30hrs)

Arantxa Sánchez-Vicario (from 11.00hrs)
1. Zheng Jie vs. Anabel Medina Garrigues
2. Virginia Ruano Pascual vs. Arantxa Parra Santonja (NB 14.00hrs)
3. ATP: Dolgopolov Jr. vs. Seppi
4. ATP: Kohlschreiber vs. Giraldo
5. ATP: Almagro vs. Troicki (NB 17.00hrs)
6. ATP: Gimeno-Traver vs. Fish/Knowles

Stadium 3 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Peng Shuai vs. Victoria Azarenka
2. ATP: Anderson vs. Melzer (NB 14.00hrs)
3. ATP: Mayer vs. Benneteau
4. Petra Kvitova vs. Caroline Wozniacki (NB 17.15hrs)
5. Vera Zvonareva vs. Venus Williams

Court 4 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Elena Vesnina vs. Nadia Petrova
2. Sorana Cirstea vs. Flavia Pennetta
3. Samantha Stosur vs. Gisela Dulko
4. Cirstea/Peng vs. Rosolska/Shvedova (after suitable rest)

Court 5 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Mattek-Sands/Yan vs. Benesova/Zahlavova Strycova
2. Francesca Schiavone vs. Sybille Bammer
3. Li Na vs. Beatriz García Vidagany
4. Garbin/Kops-Jones vs. Peer/Schiavone (after suitable rest)

Court 6 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Akgul Amanmuradova vs. Alisa Kleybanova
2. Agnes Szavay vs. Patty Schnyder
3. Dushevina/Makarova vs. Kirilenko/Radwanska (after suitable rest)

One Response to “WTA Madrid: Sharapova, Henin Out Already”

  1. Saoirse said

    So I see that Aravane hasn’t ditched the jacket potato outfit just yet.
    I am not a huge WTA fan but I love anyone who bagels Justine. Especially on clay. ON CLAY Y’ALL!!

    Bummer for Shazilla but there will be more occasions to show off her new over the top dresses. She hasn’t done so well since signing that $75 million Nike deal has she… I am just pointing this out for no reason at all.

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