Big Champions’losses

Those last days were bad for tennis champions. Roger Federer and Serena Williams both lost in the quaterfinals of their clay tournaments. Justine Henin was ousted in the 4th round of the Berlin tournament.

Let’s start with the ladies: Justine Henin, current world number 1, suffered another defeat in Berlin (German Open).

The belgian lost to Dinara Safina in the 4th round, World 13, in 3 sets: 5/7 6/2 6/1. The russian beat Justine for the first time after 6 defeats. It was an intense match, Safina did not stop fighting and it paid off against the belgian known to be the best player in the world, and moreover, the best on clay! Therefore, this win is a sweet revenge and the first performance of the year for Marat Safin’s little sister. It is Justine’s 4th defeat of the year: Sharapova, Williams, and Schiavone passed her lately…  Henin only won in Sydney and Antwerp so far. A quite disappointing start for the World number 1, who dominated the tour last year. In the interview after her loss in Berlin, Justine confessed that she lacked confidence. A quality she had to get back before the French Open starting in two weeks…. and Dinara is not the one to neglect!

It seems that Dinara is on her way! The russian stopped another champion, Serena Williams, in the quaterfinals, right after beating Henin in the 4th round the day before! Safina ousted Williams for the first time of her career after a three-set killer: 2/6 6/1 7/6 (7/5). The match could have gone either way as both players rallied to a tie-break, in a match filled with big groundstrokes from the baseline, and oustanding shots. Safina held on and managed to outplay Williams.

Safina snatches a 20-match-win streak from Williams. The american last loss was in….January, where she succumbed to Jelena Jankovic at the Australian Open; she then went on to win 3 titles in row ( Bangalore, Miami, and Charleston), remained unbeaten until Safina prevented her from capturing another title.

On the ATP Tour, World number 1, Roger Federer, was suprisingly evicted from the Masters in Rome, beaten by Radek Stepanek, world number 25: 7/6 7/6 in the quaterfinals. Federer seemed unable to have the upper hand on Stepanek, who beat the best player in the world for the second time of his career.

Since the beginning of 2008, Roger only captured one title: in Estoril, after Davydenko’s walkover in the finals.

The swiss seems out of sorts, uncomfortable with his game, striving to play well.  » Fedex » looks « takeable » on court, which hasn’t happened for a long long time! Therefore, rivalries heat up, with Nadal and Djokovic behind his back,  » King Federer » has to put himself together immediately!

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