Sunday, March 29, 2009

JUST ANOTHER MANIC SUNDAY

Greetings OCTF's,

Hope all is well...now to the stories...

Surprise Party: Keeping in theme with Gisela Dulko's Upset of JJ Saturday, 3 of the top ten seeds on the women's side were banished from the brackets today. In a double-whammy early in the day, Ana Ivanovic and Dinara Safina used poor serving and inconsistent groundstrokes as a recipe for disaster: Ivanovic, last weeks Indian Wells runner-up, lost to Agnes Szavay of Hungary while Dinara was taken out by cagy veteran Samantha Stosur of Australia.



Ivanovic was broken in 7 out of her 14 service games, while Safina was broken in 5 out of 9.

Later in the day, last years Indian Wells Champion Vera Zvonareva tasted bitter defeat as well, losing to another cagy veteran, Na Li of China, in a match that featured 13 breaks of serve in 29 games.

Breaks, Breaks, and more Breaks: I have been staring at break point statistics for WTA matches for the last 8 hours. It's a dirty job but someone has to do it. Here are some interesting findings:

Alisa Kleybanova and Anastasiya Yakimova (from Bulgaria) registered 15 breaks of serve in 28 games (highest total in any of the days 16 womens matches).

Ekaterina Makarova of Russia converted 7 of 7 break point opportunities in her upset of Nadia Petrova, a 7-5, 6-1 drubbing.

What this means: The tennis is out of control. Emotions are high. Fear is a factor, and top seeds are getting bounced like fresh-out-of-the-can Slazenger's.



Fed Glides to Victory: Roger punched his ticket for the round of 16 without giving up a single break point. The 2005 and 2006 Champion in Miami deconstructed #28 seed Nicolas Kiefer, 6-4, 6-1, in a match that lasted slightly over 70 minutes. Roger is seeking his first ATP title since winning in Basel in October of last year.



Federer will face recently reborn and reconstructed Taylor Dent of U.S.A on Tuesday in the round of 16.

Dent Gets Bent: The biggest surprise on the men's side was Taylor Dent's straight set takeout of hot-hitting Spaniard Tommy Robredo. Robredo was sporting a 20-5 record on the year with 2 ATP titles coming into Miami, but Dent, who is in the process of making a remarkably brave return to the sport after debilitating injuries nearly forced him to retire, used a strong attack of Robredo's first serve to gain 3 breaks and a lock on the match. As his reward he gets to try and repeat the same miracle against an even higher-ranked opponent in Federer.

I do like Mondays: Ferrer v. Cilic, Lopez v. Verdasco, and Gonzo v. Stepanek are just three of the many enticing tilts to look forward to. Nadal and Murray will both be in action as well.

On the women's side, the QF's will be set by the end of the day. Wozniacki v. Dementieva is only one of many (8 to be exact) possible thrillers.

Enjoy!

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