An Indian Wells Upset Update
With just two rounds of play complete at Indian Wells, not many stories have really cropped up yet, besides the normal idiocy of Justin Gimelstob and the exceptional greatness of Chanda Rubin. So, having seen very little of the event this week, I thought I would take a look at the upsets of seeds that have happened so far and break them down. Here we go:
1) Voskoboeva d.  Krajicek 6-3 6-3
Expected. Krajicek is just coming back from injury lay-off and is predictably rusty or possibly not completely healed. Voskoboeva has also been playing exceptionally well, starting with her challenge to Sharapova in Doha. I have always liked Voskoboeva, but I did not see this drastic improvement in her results coming. Has she changed anything about her game since last year? Please enlighten me.
2) Rodina d.  Razzano 6-0 6-7(2) 6-2
What a ridiculous match. Rodina won the first 10 games, with Razzano barely able to win points. It was truly a Brie-like match to watch. Then Razzano must have found her game at least for a bit because the second became quite competitive. Rodina is another player who has found new success this year. There is a lot of buzz about her on the board, saying that she will be great very soon. This is possible, but I see her a bit like Safina #2. I donít think she will ever really challenge for majors.
3) Chan d.  Bammer 6-1 6-3
What has happened to Sybille this year? Or, should I more accurately ask what happened to Sybille last year that gave her such success? This is the type of result I would expect from Bammer if last year had not happened. I find it quite interesting when veteran players have a great year all of the sudden. It happens from time to time, but Bammer is not showing signs yet that she will do anything to follow it up. This result is particularly shameful for Bammer as Chan has done nothing of note this year, and she was only able to muster 4 games.
4) Kerber d.  Govortsova 7-5 6-2
Huh? Did not see this coming from Kerber as she has been less than impressive this year, but I have always felt Govortsova was not very impressive. Her marginal success last year surprised me, and this is more the result I expect from her. I expect Kerber to lose handily to Bartoli. Why could the draw not come up with something to actually challenge Marion so we can get her out of the event? At least Lindsay is waiting in the R16.
5) Zheng d.  K. Bondarenko 6-2 6-4
Devastated. This is supposed to be Katerynaís year, but she is coming off a bit of an injury that has kept her out for a few weeks. I will attribute this loss entirely to injury so I can manage it. On the other hand, Zheng, who has looked shaky in her play this year, is starting to look a bit more solid. A very compelling win over Loit in the previous round, coupled with this, should give her fans a lot to hope for.
6) Harkleroad d.  Safarova 7-6(2) 2-6 6-4
Wonderful. Iím so happy for Ashley that she is having some really solid results this year. Iím sure Lucie is still struggling with injury and confidence problems. Iím worried that she is going to end up going down the road of Daja BedanovaÖa whole bunch of squandered potential. Nonetheless, Safina seemed a bit shaky against Craybas, so hopefully Ashley can follow up this upset with another one.
7) Wozniacki d.  Kirilenko 6-2 6-0
Even more wonderful. I expected Caroline to win this match, but such an emphatic scoreline is more impressive than I could have hoped for. I feel for Kirilenko, because she is clearly still dealing with confidence problems, but this is a great win in an open section of the draw for Caroline. Iím very interested to watch how this year will go for her, because this year she has proven that she can beat the Ďpretty goodí players, but she still goes away completely when she is faced with playing the best in the game. I hope she gets to a R16 match with Kuznetsova, because that will be an excellent test to see if she can get over that hurdle.