Beijing/Tokyo: Sayonara Dinara.

Yes Dina, I’m a terrible person:



Cheers erupted on Centre Court in Beijing as Zhang Shuai (not to be confused with Peng Shuai) took out the “Real World No 1” Dinara Safina 75 76.

Zhang, ranked 226 in the world, has never won a match in the second round of a main draw before. She appeared to have no conceivable weapon other than her ability to absorb pace, which happened to exactly what Dina was sending her. 

To be fair, it’s not like Dina knows how to play any other way. Much better players would’ve had trouble winning a match with 51 unforced errors and 13 double faults. But I guess that’s precisely the trouble with women’s tennis right now, you wish the No 1 player was “the better player”, or “the best player”. Unfortunately, there’s not a whole lot of correlation between quality and ranking when it comes to Dinara. 



Also out of the tournament is Venus Williams, who lost to Pavs for the second time in two weeks 36 61 64.

Shockingly for Venus, she committed 14 double faults with no aces over the course of the 3 sets. Colour me surprised if that knee is properly healed. I’m almost in favour of Venus just calling it a year rather than flailing physically and making matters worse.

This is, however, a damn good picture. 



On the men’s side of things in Beijing, Cilic, Ferrero, and Robredo all came through in straight sets, while Kohlschreiber took out Dr Ivo in 3, breadsticking him along the way. Anyone who breadsticks Ivo Karlovic deserves a multitude of my love and affection.

And we had 3 Novak Djokovics. Basically my worst nightmare. 



In Tokyo, the Swiss are showing the tennis world that they can be awesome without some potato-nosed hubby-of-Vavrinec. 

Well, no they can’t. Nice try anyway. 



Marco Chiudinelli “upset” Dudi Sela 46 61 64 to secure his own career high ranking in the top 100, while Stan had a good 64 64 victory over John Isner. A good word for Marco, he’s been playing a lot better than his ranking would indicate ever since the Us Open.

Not to mention, they both looked oh-so-pretty, who needs the other Swiss with these two around? 




Who am I convincing?

xx doots


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7 responses to “Beijing/Tokyo: Sayonara Dinara.”

  1. SJ says :

    I’m happy that Stan and Marco won, especially Stan, he had an abdominal injury these past few weeks which i suppose made the first round exit at this year’s US open make sense however Nadal got to the semis so there really isn’t an excuse Stan.

    I would love Marco to get past Monfils so that there could be a possibility of an all swiss encounter without Federer involved for once but it wouldn’t live up to Stan and Rogi’s previous encounters of the beautiful one handed backhands.

    *sigh* despite the swiss awesomeness from Marco this past week I do wish that Roger’s body would stop hurting him and he’d do a ‘monte carlo’ and take a wild card because I’M SO BOREDnalso, he’s had the best year so far and it would be cruel for him not to end the year as number 1 but with him never ever winning in Paris before and the defending champion in Basel with DelPoop and Djokovic (who amusingly thinks he can still end the year as number 1) it won’t be an easy ride to the title even with the swiss supporters, maybe he could win in Paris for the first time like he did at the french open and then there’s Nadal in Beijing, I hope someone has the balls to beat him as he doesn’t need 500 points maybe 45 or 90 (2nd rnd and q-f points) just not 500, maybe Davo could beat him?

    I’m upset with Venus, I was talking with a friend today that she should just call it quits for the season I don’t want her playing ugly tennis that honour in the dizzy heights of the WTA rankings is reserved only for Dinara.

    • dootsiez says :

      abdominal injury is no excuse SJ for Stan’s US Open performance. HE WAS UP 2 SETS TO LOVE before losing. That’s just a travesty. I was very cross with the boy. 😦

      As for the Fed, I thought it was wise when he pulled out of Tokyo and Shanghai, but now that he’s holidaying in Switzerland it feels like such a long time! Come and play Shanghai Roger! 😦

  2. roadrunnerz says :

    Very exciting to see the other Swiss boys doing so well!!

  3. JFK says :

    Dinara needs a break from tennis. Maybe losing the #1 ranking will do her good. But then again, I said the same thing about Ivanovic and Jankovic.

    Good on Stan and Marco! Allez Suisse.

  4. Blue says :

    Remind me again why Safina is still the world no. 1? She needs a break, and so does Venus.

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