So unfortunate for Ai
She had three SP's in the first and couldn't take them...
Such a grueling match, ending so late... I wonder how many people stayed for it, it seemed like a good enough match.
But Ai has had such a horrible few months. She's had a 5-7 record in the past three months. She mustn't have much confidence, after that loss to Dubois... I hope she can make a run at the US Open, but I just don't know anymore.
At least she lost to a player that's on the way into the top 30, so it's not so bad - but she definitely had her chances in this match. Make a run in New York, Ai, make a run!
Hantuchova/Sugiyama def. (1) Black/Huber 6-7(0) 6-3 7-6(10) saving SEVEN match points, down 2-5 in the third, and down 2-6 in the third set tiebreak in three hours
Ai Sugiyama. Jie Zheng. Zi Yan. Tamira Paszek.
Yaroslava Shvedova. Nuria&MariaJose. Yung-Jan Chan. Elena Vesnina. Flavia Pennetta.