Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Dinara Safina and Venus Williams Crushed out of Toray Pan Pacific Open 2009

Top seed and defending champion Dinara Safina has been crushed out of the second round of Toray Pan Pacific Open. The world no. 1 Russian lost to an 18-year-old qualifier, Chang Kai-chen. The Taiwanese defeated Safina 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 7-5 in the match, putting on some excellent performances. Venus Williams also suffered the same fate as she was also knocked out by a qualifier. Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova took two sets (7-6 (8-6), 7-5) to defeat Venus.

In both the matches, the Safina and Venus got off to a bad start. Safina could recover well in the second set against Chang, but the Russian lost the highly competitive last set. Venus though fought toe-to-toe with Pavlyuchenkova, she eventually lost both the sets.

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