Highlights-Day 3 Sony Ericsson Championships – Doha 2008
The Williams sisters clash for the fourth time in 2008, while Jelena Jankovic looks to secure her semifinal berth. Did Dinara Safina win her first match of the week? Check out the Day 3 Highlights now!
Venus drew even in the Williams series with a win over sister Serena in round robin play on Thursday. Jelena Jankovic and Elena Dementieva also earned victories on Day 3 in Doha.
The world No.1 and top seed had to draw on steely resolve for her 76(6) 64 win over the Russian, however.
Jankovic got off to a flying start, breaking Kuznetsova with ease in the first game and keeping hold of the advantage for a 5-3 lead. But, serving for the first set at 5-4, she wobbled: Having lost just three points on serve up to that point, Jankovic handed the break back to the No.6 seed, and despite breaking again for 6-5 the Serb repeated the trick to pave the way for a tie-break.
There, Jankovic stole the initiative back, and although Kuznetsova won four points in a row to stay in contention, the favorite took the set on her fourth opportunity.
The second set became a battle of attrition, as the players held serve for 4-4. But after Jankovic moved ahead 5-4 Kuznetsova was serving to stay in the match, and she gave way under the pressure. Up to this point both players had converted on break points twice, but Jankovic timed the necessary extra breakthrough to perfection.
With the win, Jankovic goes 2-0 in the round robin, and regardless of the result of her match on Friday against Vera Zvonareva, will be in the semis on Saturday. With two wins of her own, Zvonareva’s qualification is also assured.
Venus Williams drew level in her on-court rivalry with sister Serena on Thursday, by coming from behind in their round robin match at the Sony Ericsson Championships to win 57 61 60. The two are now 9-9 in career Tour matches, and 2-2 in 2008, after Serena won at Bangalore and the US Open, and Venus triumphed at Wimbledon. Venus also confirmed her place in the event’s semifinals, although Serena’s prospects are less certain.
The sisters exchanged breaks to kick off the Maroon Group match, and although they did it again midway through the set the contest remained predictably close. But after No.3 seed Serena made her next move at a crucial moment to go a set ahead, a dramatic reversal of fortune was unfurled as errors sprayed from the younger sister’s racquet.
Still, despite managing to win a solitary game in the second set, Serena appeared ready to stop the rot in the first game of the decider, which went to deuce five times on Venus’ serve. But the elder sister held on and proceeded to break the Serena serve three times to race to victory without conceding another game.
Elena Dementieva wrapped up Day 3 action at the Sony Ericsson Championships – Doha 2008 in winning form, 62 64 against Dinara Safina.
Although both players struggled on serve, with zero aces but 10 double faults (six for Safina, four for Dementieva), it was the No.5-seeded Dementieva who played the cleaner match against the No.2-seeded Safina, keeping her unforced errors down and hanging in the rallies long enough to draw a number of miscues from her countrywoman. She prevailed, 62 64.
“Dinara’s a really competitive player, and every time she’s on the court she’s fighting, so it’s never easy to play her,” Dementieva said. “Even though I beat her the last time we played at the Olympics, I was expecting a tough match. I never expect an easy match against her. We had a big fight in the second set.”
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