Svetlana Kuznetsova, world # 6, and two time majors singles champion, has opened her title defense at Roland Garros with a victory in a very tough first round match against up and coming Romanian, Sorana Cirstea, # 34 in the world, 6-3, 6-1 in 72 minutes. Kuznetsova, an unlikely champion last year, benefitted from the complete meltdown of #1 seed, Dinara Safina, who literally could not keep the ball in play, and played through tears, losing her second straight final at Roland Garros.
Kuznetsova, with only 3 clay court matches under her belt this season, two if which were losses, should be relieved she survived Cirstea, a natural clay courter. Check out the match stats of any match, any many other cool features at http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/index.html.
|Kuznetsova (RUS)||Cirstea (ROU)|
|1st Serve %||30 of 50 = 60 %||43 of 63 = 68 %|
|Winning % on 1st Serve||23 of 30 = 77 %||21 of 43 = 49 %|
|Winning % on 2nd Serve||9 of 19 = 47 %||10 of 19 = 53 %|
|Winners (Including Service)||14||10|
|Receiving Points Won||32 of 63 = 51 %||18 of 50 = 36 %|
|Break Point Conversions||5 of 10 = 50 %||1 of 5 = 20 %|
|Net Approaches||7 of 8 = 88 %||10 of 13 = 77 %|
|Total Points Won||64||49|
|Fastest Serve Speed||182 KMH||177 KMH|
|Average 1st Serve Speed||156 KMH||158 KMH|
|Average 2nd Serve Speed||123 KMH||136 KMH|
Kuznetsova’s sharp return of serve was the difference. She won more than half of the points while returning serve.