Russian Dinara Safina did not only fall in the rankings from No.3 to No.5 on Monday, but also fell in the first round of the Mutua Madrilena Madrid Open, the claycourt tournament where she was defending her title. Qualifier Klara Zakopalova upset Safina 7-6(1) 7-6(3).
Both Safina and Zakopalova claimed seven breaks of serve during the match, but the world No.88 Czech dominated the tiebreaks, the first one 7-1 and the second 7-3. Zakopalova is now 2-0 in career meetings with Safina.
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