Safina Off To The Perfect Start

May 25, 2009

If form is anything to go by, then coming into the French Open Dinara Safina was a country mile ahead of her closest rival. Near perfect over the past month with two victories from three finals appearances in her past three event, Safina has stamped herself as the one to beat with a dominant display over British number one Anne Keothavong.

It doesn’t come much more humiliating than a 6-0 6-0 loss in the opening round of a Grand Slam, and unfortunately for the Brit, her debut in Paris was a mis-match of epic proportions.

Having reached the semi-finals in Warsaw just last week, there was some hope that Keothavong would be able to compete against her much more fancied rival.

But Safina was far too strong and took just 61 minutes to move through to the second round.

Lleyton Hewitt Heads Towards Match-Up With Nadal

The little battler Lleyton Hewitt has moved through to the second round with a hard fought victory over Croatian flagpole Ivo Karlovic.

Despite being on the receiving end of a record 55 aces (no thats not a mis-print) from the 6″ 10′ Croat, Hewitt was able to keep himself togetherand come back from two sets to love down to claim victory in five.

The first three sets of the match went to tie-breakers, and a lesser man might have crumbled under the strain. But the fight has always been strong within Hewitt and he notched up another career five set win to give him a much needed confidence boost heading into the next round.

If he does manage to win his next match he will be faced with the toughest assignment Roland Garros has to offer – Rafael Nadal.

Murray In Cruise Control

Murray will probably be the first to admit his game has a long way to go on the red dirt, but his almost casual dismissal of Argentinian Juan Ignacio Chela might be a good indication that his game is coming together nicely.

For all the talk of Murray being one of the top four players, he has done very little at the majors to deserve such attention. He has made just the one final at the U.S and has not moved past the quarter finals of any of the other three majors.

His best result at the French was last year where he went all the way to the third round. Hopefully his strong start here will finally see him achieve the results everyone believes he is capable of. I remain skeptical and don’t think he’ll make it past the quarter finals.

Venus Off To A Sluggish Start

Venus Williams stuttered into action with a three set victory over Bethanie Mattek-Sands. After taking the first set comfortably, Williams was suddenly faced with a battle when she lost the second set 6-4.

But the lapse was momentary and Williams regained control to claim victory with a convincing third set display.

Written by: Crooksy

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