Venus upset by Spanish Suarez Navarro, Kuznetsova, Peng, Stosur, cruises in straight-sets


The No. 8 seed Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova has won through to the third round of Australian Open 2009 following a comprehensive straight-sets defeat of German Tatjana Malek winning 6-2 6-2.

Quick facts
Kuznetsova hit 23 winners during the match to Malek’s nine
Kuznetsova approached the net 24 times, winning 19 of those points, while Malek only ventured in once
Malek failed to convert any of her five break points
The German served the only three aces recorded in the match

Australian Samantha Stosur gave the Rod Laver Arena crowd something to cheer about when she moved into the third round of Australian Open 2009 with a 6-3 6-4 win over German Sabine Lisicki on Thursday.

Quick facts
Stosur served five aces to Lisicki’s four, and landed her first serve on 65 per cent of occasions
Lisicki had 29 winners to Stosur’s 15, but had 20 unforced errors compared to nine for the Australian
The German converted just one of her eight break point chances
Stosur served just one double fault, while Lisicki recorded five

Ranked 41 China’s Shuai Peng has cruised through her second round match at Australian Open 2009, winning in straight sets against Bulgarian Sesil Karatantcheva, 6-4 6-0.

Quick facts
Peng won a total of 55 points to Karatantcheva’s 33
Peng made 20 unforced errors to Karatantcheva’s 27
Karatantcheva only won 22 per cent of first serves in the second set compared to Peng’s 88 per cent
The Bulgarian won just eight points in the second set

Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro has caused a major upset on day four of Australian Open 2009, ousting women’s sixth seed Venus Williams in three sets, 2-6 6-3 7-5.

Commenting on her opponent’s performance after the match, Williams said: “I think she took her opportunities and really showed a lot of character.”

Williams admitted she was on the back foot in the deciding set. “I wasn’t in control of the points,” she said.

“I definitely noticed that she kept getting the first shot. I was definitely playing defense. I’m used to dictating the points a little it more. It was kind of a pattern that wasn’t best for me.”

Quick facts
Williams had 37 unforced errors to Suarez Navarro’s 32
Williams won 89 points to Suarez Navarro’s 88 for the match
Suarez Navarro’s fastest first serve was 159km/h; Williams’ was 192km/h
Williams served three double faults in the final set

Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS (8 ) d Tatjana Malek GER 6-2 6-2
Shuai Peng CHN d Sesil Karatantcheva BUL 6-4 6-0
Carla Suarez Navarro ESP d Venus Williams USA (6) 2-6 6-3 7-5
Samantha Stosur AUS d Sabine Lisicki GER 6-3 6-4

012209 thursday /info-photo via Australian Open / Getty Images


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