Top seeds went a tumbling today, and you know, it was actually more than that. Players that I like went a tumbling today. Seriously, no one was safe: Dinara, Ana, Vera, Flavia, and Nads. That's no fun.
But of course, the story of the day was the crash out of the BFFs which occurred within 30 seconds of each other. They were color coordinated, they were supposedly focused, and they're both booking flights to Europe and looking forward to the comforting smell and feel of the good ol red dirt.
So how to explain the somewhat surprising losses? Well if you believe the players, and in this case I don't see any reason not to given both of their habits of uncomfortable candor and honesty, it was all about burnout and lack of focus.
DINARA SAFINA: Well, actually, it's strange, you know. I feel pretty good practicing. Serving great. Once I step on the court in the match, changes. I've very passive. I just, I don't know. I mean, it's disappointing, you know. I'm not playing my tennis. I'm pushing myself and practicing hard. I just want to have some break now, you know. I will have at least a week off and just do other things now and just step back a little bit, rest, and with a new, you know, new will to go back and practice. Because I'm just going, going, and just tired. I just want to get back this like hungriness for the tennis.
Q. Do you feel it's just been one thing coming after another and you don't have time to stop?
DINARA SAFINA: Yeah, I just want to stop, step back, and just take a breath, you know. I'm going from tournament to tournament. One day here in Moscow, one day in Monaco, five days there, and I'm just -- I just want to be at least two weeks somewhere. Just rest, you know, like, okay, I have two weeks of practice. I can sit down and practice, you know. This is what I want to do.
Q. You had a chance to get to No. 1 this week. Is it even more disappointing for you because of that?
DINARA SAFINA: Of course, you know, it's very disappointing. That's what I'm playing for. I want to be there. Suddenly I go to the court, and I don't even fight for it. So it's just bad behavior
from my side. The champions, they don't do this. So I have to -- you know, it's a good punishment, you know, for myself. So I have to get smarter.
You know. Because if there's one thing Dinara needs its more punishment and additional reminders that she's stupid. Yup, that'll help. I hope the kid gets the R&R that she deserves. Some shopping and a spa day are in order. Preferably without Zeljko or Dejan in tow.
As for Baby E, it sounds like she got a little ahead of herself:
Q. You've talked about struggling with separating your tennis life and your personal life and staying up thinking about it when you go to bed. Is that related today that?
I didn't think I could love the kid more than I already do but if she really said "Jesus" she just went up a notch. That cracks me up.
Well the day wasn't a complete and total watch. I'm actually pretty stoked that Nails and Jay Z made it through, beting Bepa and The Cone, respectively. Other than Dina, Ana, and JJ, is there anyone else that's looking forward more to the return of clay that The Cone. Maybe the change in surface will reset her crap season. She got bageled by Jay Z in the second.
And how about the weird Domi Cibulkova, who's becomeing the Nole of the WTA? Last year she retires from cramping against Ai while down triple match point and today she retires at 5-5 in the third. I know it was a 3+ hour match but drink some liquids, woman.
 S Williams (USA) d  S Peng (CHN) 75 62
S Stosur (AUS) d  D Safina (RUS) 61 64
 E Dementieva (RUS) d  C Suarez Navarro (ESP) 62 62
 V Williams (USA) d A Groenefeld (GER) 75 63
N Li (CHN) d  V Zvonareva (RUS) 64 36 62
 A Szavay (HUN) d  A Ivanovic (SRB) 64 46 61
 S Kuznetsova (RUS) d N Vaidisova (CZE) 61 64
E Makarova (RUS) d  N Petrova (RUS) 75 61
 A Radwanska (POL) d  K Kanepi (EST) 64 63
 V Azarenka (BLR) d  A Chakvetadze (RUS) 61 64
 C Wozniacki (DEN) d  P Schnyder (SUI) 64 64
 A Medina Garrigues (ESP) d  D Cibulkova (SVK) 76(4) 16 55 - ret. (cramping)
 A Mauresmo (FRA) d  F Pennetta (ITA) 67(5) 62 62
 J Zheng (CHN) d  A Cornet (FRA) 64 60
 A Kleybanova (RUS) d [Q] A Yakimova (BLR) 63 36 64
 I Benesova (CZE) d G Dulko (ARG) 63 62