Matches like these are difficult to watch. I was one who never thought that Dinara Safina was a #1 in the same way Serena or Justine had been. But she was, for a time, atop the WTA rankings, winning lots of tournaments. To see how far she’s fallen is difficult to watch. She was a very powerful player at one time. To lose 6-0 6-1 to Marion Bartoli is would have been unimaginable a few years ago. Bartoli was gracious and respectful after easily winning her opening Moorilla Hobart International match, speaking of Safina pushing her during rallies. Maybe so, but Safina won one out of thirteen games.
I hope that Safina can find her game soon. Ana Ivanovic has started to rebound since tumbling down the rankings from the top spot, so Safina can do it too. If she really wants to.
1) Marion Bartoli (FRA) d. Dinara Safina (RUS) 60 61
Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) d. (2) Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 62 ret. (right hip flexor muscle strain)
Peng Shuai (CHN) d. (3) Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) 26 63 62
(5) Klara Zakopalova (CZE) d. Melanie Oudin (USA) 63 76(3)
(6) Jarmila Groth (AUS) d. Johanna Larsson (SWE) 61 63
Elena Vesnina (RUS) d. Arantxa Parra Santonja (ESP) 62 61
Elena Baltacha (GBR) d. Tamarine Tanasugarn (THA) 63 63
Alla Kudryavtseva (RUS) d. (Q) Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) 63 64
(Q) Olga Govortsova (BLR) d. (WC) Sally Peers (AUS) 64 62
(Q) Tamira Paszek (AUT) d. (WC) Olivia Rogowska (AUS) 61 63
(Q) Alberta Brianti (ITA) d. Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP) 46 63 64
(WC) Alicia Molik (AUS) d. Sofia Arvidsson (SWE) 75 63