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08
Oct
09

Bartoli wears out one of the pair of Shuais.

bartoli China’s Shuai Zhang (No. 226) could not continue her surprising success in the 2009 China Open Thursday, falling to Marion Bartoli of France (No. 13) in the third round of the tournament. Bartoli cruised through the match 6-1, 6-4.    Shuai Peng, the other Shuai is waiting to play the winner of the Petrova/Williams contest.

Zhang, 20, gained instant prominence this week when she toppled top-ranked Dinara Safina, now No. 2, in the second round of this year’s China Open.But Zhang’s strong performance against Safina was missing in the match against the 25-year-old Bartoli, an aggressive player known for double-handed backhands and forehands.

Zhang said in a post-match press conference that she was unprepared for Bartoli’s style of hitting low, cross-court passes. Zhang’s play improved in the second set as she began to play deeper balls, and her shots become more accurate as the crowd rallied behind her. But Bartoli’s performance never slacked, and as she finished the match in no apparent trouble.

  Bartoli, who lost to Venus Williams in the 2007 Wimbledon final, will play the winner of the Flavia Pennetta (No. 10) and Vera Zvonareva (No. 7) matchup in the quarterfinal.

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05
Oct
09

Safina loses to 20 year old Shuai Zhang (#206)

_Zhang_Shuai_200611241245306710_afpIt seems as though I repeat myself whenever Dinara Safina steps on court as the #1 player in an early round for an easy win. In today’s encounter with the 6th ranked Chinese woman, ranked at #206, the 20 year old Shuai Zhang looked to be an easy win for Safina, but again Safina could not find a way to win. She has exited the 2009 China Open in the 3rd round, losing 7-5, 7-6, to the tenacious, diminutive Chinese player. Unless Serena also loses in the 2nd round Safina’s reign as the #1 player will come to an end this week. Maybe she will play better being #2 or #3?

To take nothing away from Zhang, she played excellent tennis and withstood everything that Safina could throw at her. She saved a set point in the second set, and held her advantage in the tie breaker.

Zhang who entered the tournament as a wildcard defeated Iveta Benesova in the first round, her biggest win until today.




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