Safina bows out

Top seed Dinara Safina was dumped out of the WTA LA Women’s Tennis Championships by Zheng Jie last night.

Top seed Dinara Safina was dumped out of the WTA LA Women’s Tennis Championships by Zheng Jie last night.

The 14th seed from China stunned the Russian 7-5 4-6 6-4 to advance to the quarter-finals in Los Angeles.

The fifth and sixth seeds, Nadia Petrova and Ana Ivanovic, also suffered surprise exits in the third round.

Flavia Pennetta, the 10th seed from Italy, was a 6-3 6-3 winner against Russian Petrova while Australian 13th seed Samantha Stosur defeated Serbian Ivanovic 6-3 6-2.

There were no such worries for second seed Vera Zvonareva or eighth seed Agnieszka Radwanska, however.

Zvonareva beat Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium 7-6 (7/5) 4-6 6-4 and Poland’s Radwanska overcame Anna Chakvetadze of Russia 6-3 6-2.

Agnieszka’s sister Urszula Radwanska also progressed to the last eight with a walkover due to Chinese 12th seed Li Na’s right knee injury.

Russia’s Maria Sharapova, who recently returned to action following 10 months out with a shoulder injury, saw off Ukraine’s Alona Bondarenko 4-6 6-0 6-3.

Finally, Romania’s Sorana Cirstea was 6-3 1-0 up against Sabine Lisicki when the 17th-seeded German retired with a right shoulder injury.

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