Maria Sharapova wins, Ana Ivanovic out

02 Sep 2009 by Hiland in 2009 US Open

Maria Sharapova defeated Tsvetana Pironkova at the 2009 US Open tennis tournamentOn Tuesday night, professional tennis performed its version of a beauty pageant. Some of the game’s most luminous stars took center stage. Blonde prom queen, Maria Sharapova, showed she could play tennis while 11th seeded brunette eye-candy queen Ana Ivanovic simply ran out of gas.

It has been a disappointing year for the Serbian former number one and Tuesday’s loss to 23-year old Ukrainian Kateryna Bondarenko will do little to cheer the svelte former tour star. Bondarenko has never played past the third round in any Grand Slam event and has never survived the second round at the Open.

Ana Ivanovic lost at the 2009 U.S. Open tennis tournamentNo matter how the pie is sliced, this was a bad loss for the struggling Serb. At Wimbledon, Ana appeared to have made progress with her wandering serve, but as the match wore on and the nerves tightened, so did her serve. Ana double faulted five times but only landed 59% of her defensive first serves, many of which sat up for the stocky Bondarenko. In a performance unworthy of her seeding, Ivanovic was broken five times.

To her credit, Kateryna knew a lame duck when she saw one. After a 2-6 first set horror show, she took control in set two winning 6-3 before taking charge of the third set tiebreaker 7-6 (7) third set. A raucous crowd celebrated her every move and seemed to distract the former fitness magazine cover girl.

Kateryna’s sister, 30th seeded Alona, eekd out a three set win over Russian Alla Kudraytseva and will play Gisela Dulko in Round Two. Day Two at the Open was a good one for the Bondarenkos as they are favorably placed in a weak draw.

Fifth seed professional crybaby Jalena Jankovic has re-tuned her ailing form and was all smiles for the New York crowds. She triumphed over Roberta Vinci 6-2, 6-3 in an uninteresting match.

New York crowd favorite, Sharapova, was sharp and looked every bit a serious contender. She looked well, moved well and showed signs that her ailing shoulder was recovering nicely. A strong candidate for best-dressed, the crowd responded favorably to her 6-3, 6-0 win over Tsvetana Pironkova.

Placed in a remarkably tough draw, Maria’s next match will be against New Jersey native Christina McHale, a popular 6-3, 6-1 winner over Slovakian Polona Hercog. The McHale-Sharapova winner will face the winner of Thursday’s featured match between Melanie Oudin and Elena Dementieva, in the tournament’s toughest bracket.

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  • nice posts

    Comment by Mary Tszynski — September 2, 2009 @ 8:03 am

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    Maria Sharapove moves to the next round at 2009 US Open Tennis championship while Ana Ivanovic exits.

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