There’s Something In The Water In Asia : Gulbis, Safin, Petrova, And Zvonareva All Win
Ernests Gulbis finally beat his second round curse and beat Juan Monaco to move into the Quarter Finals of Tokyo last night. He was absolutely pummeling Monaco until Monaco was so shocked he had to retire down a set and 1-4. Something has changed in Ernests Gulbis. Including qualifying, he is now on a four match win streak, which is unheard of for 09. Tonight he takes on Tsonga. Someone he could have beaten last week and has a very good chance of beating tonight. Hopefully Ernie can hold his nerve and take it out.
In other crazytennisgirlsaywhat news, Marat Safin won his second round match… against Fernando Gonzalez… in straight sets. I watched this match and Marat was nothing but dominant. Gonzalez was lacking enthusiasm and firepower, but Marat wasn’t. I know, insane. Marat says he is actually… EXCITED… about tonights match versus Nadal. Don’t believe me? The exact quote was;
‘ I know I will play better tomorrow. Nadal is going to be the favorite. I have no pressure; I’m just going to play my game, go for it, be aggressive and then we’ll see. It’s going to be my biggest match in a long time so I’m pretty excited.’
Insane. Speaking of Nadal, he dropped a set to a James Blake who actually looked like he knew how to play tennis. He, much like Gulbis, has a new coach and seems to be going through something similar.
On the womens side, some very exciting tennis which I am quite gutted I missed. Nadia Petrova took out the new world number one Serena Williams in an epic three setter. In what is more suprising, the third set scoreline was 76(5). It is hard to beat Williams in such a tight match but Petrova managed to keep her cool and take it. Serena Williams gave her great credit, saying she, ‘ran into a girl today that has never played so good in her whole life’.
Vera Zvonareva beat Flavia Pennetta in a very tough three setter. This would not be suprising if you have forgotten the huge mental lapse Vera had at the US Open against Flavia in the third. This time she kept her cool and took the match 63 57 75. Seems she has learnt from her mistake and really took it to Flavia. Really good news for Vera fans.
Tonights match ups look really exciting, with Marat vs Rafa, Ernie vs Tsonga, Nole vs Verdasco, and Peng Shuai (who took out Masha and JJ) vs Petrova. Good stuff.