Phew! What a first set.
Anna Chakvetadze just took it from Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-3, but this was easily the worst tennis I've seen in 12 days.
In the first set there were a total of 30 errors and 9 winners. Kuznetsova was so unnerved that she requested that the chair empire ask the crowd to quiet down in her final service game — even though the stadium was entirely silent. (There's not much to cheer.)
Fittingly, the first set ended when Kuznetsova double-faulted.
UPDATE: Kuznetsova takes the second set 6-1. Just as ugly. Total winners: 20 Total Unforced Errors: 50.
Fittingly, the second set ended when Chakvetadze hit a backhand error that landed outside the doubles box.
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