Zheng Dethrones Dementieva
Published August 19, 2010 12:00
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Dementieva, the No.4 seed and defending champion, was playing Zheng for the first time. Late Tuesday night, Zheng pulled off her first upset of the week, rallying from 75 42 down to beat No.16 seed Aravane Rezai in three sets; the compact, powerful strokes of China's No.2 were still on fire against Dementieva as she beat the Russian No.1 in the third round of the Premier-level stop.
"I really like to play in Canada so it's very disappointing to lose in the third round," Dementieva said. "I was trying so hard. I feel like I was playing well. We had so many long rallies and she outplayed me - I have to give her credit.
"It's a very disappointing moment for me."
There were two other upsets, though both were somewhat minor, with No.11 seed Svetlana Kuznetsova edging No.7 seed Agnieszka Radwanska, 64 16 63, her eighth win in the pair's 11 career meetings; and No.10 seed Victoria Azarenka routining No.9 seed Li Na, 63 63, more of a surprise given Li had won both of their prior meetings, though Azarenka was only one seed lower.
"After Wimbledon, I took some time and worked hard for two weeks," said Kuznetsova, who recently won her first title of the year in San Diego. "I started all over again. It's hard because so many players had so many matches from the start of the season. It's almost the end and I'm just warming up."
Kim Clijsters, Vera Zvonareva and Marion Bartoli all outdid their lesser-ranked opponents with few problems. Clijsters, the No.5 seed, crushed Kaia Kanepi in 55 minutes, 62 61; Zvonareva, the No.8 seed, snapped the 12-match winning streak of Agnes Szavay, 63 63; and No.17 seed Marion Bartoli barely gave an inch in a 60 61 win over qualifier Iveta Benesova.
Clijsters had rallied from 64 41 down to win on Wednesday night but looked sharp from the get-go Thursday, in spite of the quick turnaround.
"It's a bit of an adjustment, playing under the lights at night and then today in the heat, but I'm pleased the way I played," said Clijsters, who has now won her last 14 matches on summer hardcourts, seven at the US Open last year and seven in a row this summer. "It's always nice to win a tournament and gradually feel your level improve. And to have a match like last night and the Cincinnati final, to be behind and fight back and win, helps a lot going forward."