Vesnina Upsets Schnyder in Charleston

Day 3 of the Family Circle Cup was not without surprises, the most notable of which being Elena Vesnina's win over Patty Schnyder.

Published April 15, 2009 12:00

Vesnina Upsets Schnyder in Charleston
Elena Vesnina

CHARLESTON, SC, USA - Venus Williams lost the second set but came back with a vengeance in the third, dispatching Sania Mirza in her very first match of this year's Family Circle Cup, 61 36 62.

Williams, a champion at the Premier-level tournament five years ago and one of the hottest players on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour in the last six months, came out firing against Mirza, winning nine of the first 11 games to build a 61 31 lead. Mirza, who has had three Top 10 wins before, began finding the range on her monstrous forehand, taking seven of the next nine games to win the second set and lead 2-1 in the third; but Williams went on another roll from there, taking five straight games to complete the see-saw victory.

"It's always fun out there. These kinds of matches are good to pull out. It was a great opening round, and now I'm ready for the next one," Williams said. "Sania has a lot of talent and a lot of power, and she uses it to her advantage. She was going for it and had nothing to lose. But I've been in these situations before."

Next up for No.2 seed Williams will be No.16 seed Sabine Lisicki, a 64 63 winner over qualifier Lenka Wienerova. Germany's Lisicki has also had some success against the Top 10 before: she beat a No.6-ranked Anna Chakvetadze at Miami last year, in her first career match against one of the world's Top 10 players.

Other seeds advancing during the day session were No.10 seed Peng Shuai, who edged Akgul Amanmuradova, 75 26 75; and No.13 seed Virginie Razzano, a 63 76(3) winner over Stéphanie Dubois. Four seeds were upset: Elena Vesnina came back from 4-2 down in the third set to beat No.8 seed Patty Schnyder, 62 67(5) 75; qualifier Melanie Oudin beat No.9 seed Aleksandra Wozniak, 75 60; Viktoriya Kutuzova beat No.11 seed Alona Bondarenko, 64 75; and Anastasia Rodionova beat No.12-seeded American Bethanie Mattek-Sands, 62 64.

In matches between unseeded players, Melinda Czink beat Vania King, 64 62; and Varvara Lepchenko beat qualifier Shenay Perry, 62 63.

The night match pit No.5 seed Caroline Wozniacki against Alla Kudryavtseva and it was the favorite who prevailed, as Wozniacki beat Kudryavtseva handily, 63 63.

Elena Dementieva, Vera Zvonareva, Nadia Petrova, Marion Bartoli and Dominika Cibulkova, seeded No.1, No.3, No.4, No.6 and No.7, respectively, all secured spots in the round of 16 on Tuesday. Sixteen will become eight on Thursday, as all eight third round matches take to the clay of the Family Circle Tennis Center.

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