Ana Ivanovic Ousted By Patty Schnyder At 2011 Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship

I continue to root for Ana Ivanovic to play well, and she hasn’t been bad. The Makarova match at the Australian Open could have gone either way. Robert Vinci at Pattaya and Patty Schnyder at Dubai are not bad players. It’s just that if Ana Ivanovic could get to even 85% of what she once was, she’d have beaten all of those players. At Dubai, maybe something is in the air. Already, Petra Kvitova and Li Na have been beaten so Ana isn’t alone. However, Kvitova is coming off a career win against Kim Clijsters in Paris. It’s not entirely surprising that she would have a letdown. And Li was coming off a lot of sponsor obligations since the Aussie Open, and lost a tough match to formidable Yanina Wickmayer. So I worry more about Ana. She was moving forward at the end of 2010. Since Hopman Cup at the beginning of 2011, it seems she is moving backwards. Still, I hope she will find her game soon.

I had some golf prep work to do to start the LPGA season so I was away from tennis a few days. Here are some pics and scores from Dubai. I’ll pick it up going into the weekend.

Singles – Second Round
(1) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) d. Anna Chakvetadze (RUS) 61 35 ret. (GI illness)
(2) Vera Zvonareva (RUS) d. Roberta Vinci (ITA) 63 61
(3) Francesca Schiavone (ITA) d. (Q) Zhang Shuai (CHN) 63 61
(4) Samantha Stosur (AUS) d. Sara Errani (ITA) 60 61
Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) d. (5) Li Na (CHN) 67(6) 76(6) 62
(6) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) d. (Q) Chanelle Scheepers (RSA) 62 63
(7) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d. (Q) Peng Shuai (CHN) 46 62 76(5)
(8) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. Anastasija Sevastova (LAT) 75 64
(9) Shahar Peer (ISR) d. Alexandra Dulgheru (ROU) 64 62
(10) Marion Bartoli (FRA) d. Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) 36 64 61
(11) Flavia Pennetta (ITA) d. Klara Zakopalova (CZE) 57 61 62
(12) Kaia Kanepi (EST) d. Andrea Petkovic (GER) 63 36 63
(15) Alisa Kleybanova (RUS) d. Jarmila Groth (AUS) 64 63
(16) Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) d. Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) 57 62 64
Patty Schnyder (SUI) d. Zheng Jie (CHN) 16 60 62
(Q) Ayumi Morita (JPN) d. (WC) Sania Mirza (IND) 64 62

Ana Ivanovic

Caroline Wozniacki

Shahar Peer

Vera Zvonareva

Victoria Azarenka

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