Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

Major Upsets at the 2009 Tokyo Open

September 29, 2009 by Jeanne Dupuis  
Filed under Tennis

It was a day of upsets among the female tennis players at the 2009 Tokyo Open .  All kinds of top-seeded players were eliminated opening the way for up-and-comers to steal the spotlight.

While Maria Sharapova, who went into the event unseeded, managed to make it to the next round, big names like top-seeded defending champion Dinara Safina, second-seeded Venus Williams and Svetlana Kuznetsova were sent packing.


image: Zuma Press

Safina lost her match against qualifier Kai-Chen Chang (pictured celebrating above) 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 7-5 which lasted 2 hours and 44 minutes.  Wow!

Meanwhile, Williams couldn’t get past yet another qualifier, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and lost 7-6 (8-6), 7-5 in just under two hours.

A third qualifier, Andrea Petkovic, took down fifth-seeded Kuznetsova 7-5, 4-6, 6-3.

Wow.  What a day!  It will be interesting to see who emerges from the event with the title!

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