- Vera Zvonarëva [WC] lt. Vera Dushevina [Q], 6-4 3-6 6-1
It was much hotter (about 40°C) in Sydney than in Auckland. Humid too. I don't know whether Bepa has fully recovered from her energy-sapping virus, but if my theory is correct, she struggles in hot climates.
Bepa had shown brilliant form to reach the Auckland final (beating Maria Kirilenko 6-2 6-0 and Daniela Hantuchová 6-2 6-2), but what a contrast here.
Bepa had lost to Dushevina in the second round of the Australian Open 2005, and now she suffered one of her infamous emotional meltdowns: crying, shouting, swearing, throwing her racket, arguing line-calls, complaining to her coach, &c. Never boring, is she? ;)