In the most attractive Wednesday’s match at the Sony Ericssion Open, former world No.1 Dinara Safina broke former world No.4 Jelena Dokic‘s serve at 4-all in both sets on her way to a 6-4 6-4 first-round victory.
“I was really pleased with my serve and showed I can serve not only double faults but also some aces,” said Safina, who ended each set off with an ace.
Both Safina, a wildcard at the event this year, and Dokic, this time a qualifier, have quarterfinal Miami appearances as their best results at the tournament. Safina, currently ranked 91st, reached the last 8 in 2008, when she lost to fellow Russian Vera Zvonareva, who will actually be her opponent in the awaiting round this year. The world No.64 Dokic played Miami quarterfinals in 2001 and 2003.
Prior to the Sony Ericsson Open, at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Safina won three matches in a row, her best performance in more than a year. (photo: © Neal Trousdale)
Wow! Dinara’s turning bettter and better. After beating Sam Stosur in Indian Wells Dokic is the second australian who losed against her! I’ve never thought Safina would be so strong again!
BUT: Kim Clijsters & Sam Stosur rule and one of them will win this tournament! I’m sure!
I’m glad to see Dinara’s game finally going the right way… I hope she’ll be back in top20-30 by the end of the year.