First of all, how frickin' cold was it in Beijing last night that the ladies were all playing in sweats and crap? Perhaps covering up did the body some good though as Dani gutted out a nice win over Touchdown Tammy, who had taken out Kata Srebotnik in the previous round. Weird scoreline: 61 06 75. Clearly Dani learned from the AO that losing a set at love means nothing. Nice to see SOMETHING positive came out of that.
I love this new fired up Dani! I've never seen her that pumped! Also, I REALLY like her visor. I don't know why. I just love that deep maroony red she's got rockin' on her noggin'.
JJ also carried on her trend of beating players she's supposed to beat, beating A-Woz 63 75.
Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on how you look at it) A-Rad was unable to avoid another disappointing top tier tourney, listlessly losing to homegirl Zheng Jie 62 63. With a game as varied and wily as A-Rad's, these results are particularly shocking. When the power players like Ana, Masha, Nikki V., even Dani., lose early, the results don't shock me because they have high risk games. But when A-Rad loses early, there's gotta be something wrong. She's like JJ. She shouldn't lose to players ranked below her. At least in my head she shouldn't.
OOP for today:
Stadium (from 11.00hrs)
1. Kudryavtseva vs. Kuznetsova
2. Cornet vs. Ivanovic (NB 16.00hrs)
Court 1 (from 12.30hrs)
1. Zheng vs. Sugiyama
2. Zvonareva vs. Schiavone
Court 2 (from 12.30hrs)
1. Chakvetadze vs. Cibulkova
2. Szavay vs. Medina Garrigues (following ATP match)