Hewitt No Match For Nadal

May 29, 2009

In an ominous sign for his opponents Rafael Nadal dropped just 5 games in his match against former world number 1, Lleyton Hewitt.

Hewitt got off to an extremely slow start in the first set, struggling with an ineffectual first serve and a high unforced error count. In just 30 minutes the first set was gone and what was already a monumental task became next to impossible for the South Australian.

Hewitt managed to lift in the second set, but his opponent did the same and moved 2-0 up, before powering home 6-1 in the third to advance to the next round.

Venus Williams Loses Third Round Match

The Roland Garros curse continued for Venus William as the third seed was bundled out of the tournament by the 29th seed, Hungarian Agnes Szavay.

In a rare occurence for Williams, she dropped the first set without managing to get a score on the board, and while her second set effort was better, it was still not enough on the day and the final score of 6-0 6-4 was a fair indication of the match.

Andy Murray Advances Thanks To A Tipsarevic Retirement

In his third round match Andy Murray was faced with Janko Tipsarevic, the Serbian player best known for his epic five set match against Roger Federer at the 2008 Australian Open.

One of the more quirky players on tour, Tipsarevic has a reading list with a heavy focus on such subject matters as psychology and philosphy, and credits this material with his mental abilities on court when faced with top opponents.

Unfortunately for the Serbian, this was not to be his week as he was forced to withdraw mid-match due to a leg injury. Murray had won the first set in a tie-break and claimed the second 6-3, looking comfortable and in control.

Murray’s next opponent will be the youngest player left in the men’s draw – dangerous Croatian Marin Cilic.

Jelena Dokic Also Succumbs To Injury

In a massive blow to Jelena Dokic’s much heralded come back, she was forced to withdraw from her third round match with world number 4 Elena Dementieva. She immediately had scans on her back to attempt to locate the source of the problem and faces a tense wait on the outcome.

Her retirement was made all the more emotional as she had stunned both the crowd and her opponent by striking early to claim the first set 6-2. The second set was all locked up at 2-2 when the injury struck. She battled on after an initial bout of treatment but at 3-4 she could fight no more and her on-court tears clearly demonstrated her frustration with the situation.

Dementieva can consider herself very lucky and admitted as much herself in her press conference.

“I really feel like I don’t deserve to go to the next round because she was the one who was supposed to win today,” Dementieva said.

She will now be looking to ride that luck when she comes up against another Aussie in the next round – 30th seed Samantha Stosur.

Ivanovic Continues To Impress

In what has been her best string of performances since this time last year, defending champion Ana Ivanovic has signalled her desire to claim this year’s tournament with yet another strong victory beating Iveta Benesova of the Czech Republic 6-0, 6-2.

Written by: Crooksy

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