Safina Survives on Tuesday Afternoon

August 12, 2009 03:00 PM
MASON – A pair of long, three-set battles highlighted the early afternoon action on Tuesday at the 2009 Western & Southern Financial Group Women’s Open.

World No. 1 Dinara Safina managed to survive an upset bid in three sets, downing Italy’s Roberta Vinci 2-6 7-5 6-4 in 1:51.

Safina got an early break and led 2-0 in the first set, but Vinci rallied to win nine straight games, claiming a one-set lead and opening up a 3-0 advantage in the second set with a pair of breaks

After leveling the match at 3-all, Safina was broken, putting Vinci one game away from winning with a 5-3 lead. However, the Russian got two breaks and claimed the second set 7-5.

In the third set, Vinci got another early advantage, but Safina rallied to take a 5-3 before the players exchanged breaks to close out the match.

“I don't know what happened to her because I was completely off,” Safina said. “That happens, you know.  Even in the worse day, you try to find some positive.”

Daniela Hantuchova, a 2005 semifinalist in Cincinnati, opened the day with a 3-6 6-3 6-1 win over Sara Errani. That match, which was the first of the day on Center Court, lasted 2:32.

Three other courts were in action on Tuesday, and among the notable results were a pair of upsets on the Grandstand.

The tenth seed, Nadia Petrova, who won both singles and doubles in Cincinnati in 2008, was upset by Alona Bondarenko 6-2 6-3.

Earlier in the day Shuai Peng downed the No. 15 seed Dominika Cibulkova 6-2 6-1.

Flavia Pannetta, fresh off a win last week in Los Angeles, continued her good form with a 6-2 6-3 win over Ayumi Morita.

Maria Kirilenko, a semifinalist in Cincinnati in 2008, earned a 6-4 6-1 win over Yaroslava Shvedova.

Here’s a look at the results as of 7 p.m. on Tuesday

Alona Bondarenko (UKR) d (10) Nadia Petrova (RUS) 62 63
(14) Flavia Pannetta (ITA) d (Q) Ayumi Morita (JPN) 62 63
Shuai Peng (CHN) d (15) Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) 62 61
Agnes Savay (HUN) d (Q) Urszula Radwanska (POL) 75 75
Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) d Sara Errani (ITA) 36 63 61
Alisa Kleybenova (RUS) d Aravane Rezia (FRA) 63 63
Sonara Cirstea (ROU) d (WC) Meghann Shaughnessy (USA) 75 75
(Q) Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) d Francesca Schiavone (ITA) 63 64
(WC) Maria Kirilenko (RUS) d (Q) Yaroslava Shvedova 64 61
Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez (ESP) d Vera Dushevina 64 36 63

(1) Dinara Safina (RUS) d Roberta Vinci (ITA) 26 75 64