Safina reaches career-best, Zvonareva, Petrova, Bartoli into fourth round


World No. 7 Vera Zvonareva has eased into the fourth round of Australian Open 2009, defeating Italian Sara Errani in straight sets, 6-4 6-1.

Quick facts
Errani had just two winners and recorded 13 unforced errors in the final set
Errani’s fastest serve for the match was 142km/h, while Zvonareva’s was 171km/h
Zvonareva had 27 unforced errors for the match to Errani’s 25
Errani served five of the six double faults recorded in the match

Zvonareva has set up a clash in the fourth round with fellow Russian Nadia Petrova

Russia’s Nadia Petrova had advanced to the fourth round of Australian Open 2009 after her third round opponent, Kazakhstan’s Galina Voskoboeva, was forced to retire injured after Petrova snared the first set 6-1.

Quick facts
Petrova’s fastest serve was 182km/h compared to Voskoboeva’s 171km/h
Petrova hit nine winners to Voskoboeva’s six
Petrova won all four of her net approaches, while Voskoboeva was successful on two of her three forays to the net
Voskoboeva made 11 unforced errors to Petrova’s eight

Women’s world No.3 Dinara Safina has advanced to the fourth round of the Australian Open for the first time, thrashing Estonian Kaia Kanepi in an easy 6-2 6-2 win on Friday.

“Yeah, I’m really happy. There’s a first time for everything. Twice I lost in the third round. I was like this today, ‘That is the third time. Should be the luckiest one’. Actually, I’m glad I won very comfortable today,” she said in her post-match press conference.

Quick facts
Kanepi recorded 30 unforced errors to Safina’s 18
Safina won 81 per cent of points when she landed her first serve
The Russian converted on four of six break point opportunities; Kanepi was 0-for-3
Kanepi’s average first serve speed of 174km/h was faster than Safina’s quickest serve of the match, a delivery of 167km/h

The Russian is scheduled to play 15th seed Alize Cornet of France in the fourth round.


Marion Bartoli is set to make her first fourth round appearance at the Australian Open after overpowering Lucie Safarova in three sets on Friday. The Frenchwoman won the match 3-6 6-2 6-1 in an hour and 42 minutes.

Quick facts
Safarova served 10 costly double faults to Bartoli’s two
The Czech had 36 unforced errors, while Bartoli recorded just 17
Safarova had double the number of winners, 32-16
Bartoli converted seven of her 13 break point chances (54 per cent), while Safarova was 4-for-5 for 80 per cent

Bartoli will play either Jelena Jankovic in the round of 16.

Jelena Jankovic SRB (1) d Ai Sugiyama JPN (26) 6-4 6-4
Dinara Safina RUS (3) d Kaia Kanepi EST (25) 6-2 6-2
Alize Cornet FRA (15) d Daniela Hantuchova SVK (19) 4-6 6-4 6-2
Marion Bartoli FRA (16) d Lucie Safarova CZE 3-6 6-2 6-1
Nadia Petrova RUS (10) d Galina Voskoboeva KAZ 6-1 retired
Vera Zvonareva RUS (7) d Sara Errani ITA 6-4 6-1

012309 friday /info-photo via Australian Open / Getty Images


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