Let’s look back on the Russian women’s results at the year’s first grand slam tennis event, the Australian Open in Melbourne. But be warned, there’s lots of nasty carnage to behold as usual. Dominance? We think not.
- Russia’s most famous player, Maria Sharapova, seeded #14, lost her first match of the tournament in humiliating fashion. She struck 77 — yes, seventy-seven — unforced errors. Yikes.
- Russia’s #1 seed, Dinara Safina, quit in the first set of her fourth-round match, cheating fans out of their hard-earned cash.
- Russia’s #2 seed, Svetlana Kuznetsova, lost her fourth-round match to a player not seeded in the top 15.
But Safina and Kuznetsova did great compared to Russia’s #3 seed, Elena Dementieva, who lost her second-round match in straight sets to an unseeded opponent despite winning the prior week’s warm-up event in Oz over the number one player in the world, just as we predicted. All four of these players should in theory have reached the quarter finals. Not a single one actually did.
Russia’s #4 seed Vera Zvonareva also went down in flames before the quarter finals, but unlike the four Russians mentioned above she at least could say she lost to a higher seed, the #7 whom she pressed to a third set which she then surrendered meekly without taking a single game from her Bulgarian rival.