Dinara safina upset by Zheng Jie at the LA Womens Tennis Championships
Zheng Jie capitalised on a final set meltdown by world number one Dinara Safina to reach the quarter-finals of the LA Championships with a 7-5 4-6 6-4 victory over the Russian on Thursday.
Zheng Jie needed two hour and 10 minute to upset Dinara Safina, the world number 1 and defending champion, 75 46 64 at the Los Angeles Women’s Tennis Championships.
Safina had appeared on course for victory when she forged a 4-2 lead in the third set but imploded completely, handing back the break with a double fault before losing the final eight points of the match to crash out of the tournament.
“It’s tough to play her but I didn’t do the right things,” Safina told reporters. “I should have played better. She took her chances and beat me.”
Zheng will next face Samantha Stosur, who beat Ana Ivanovic 63 62.