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By Rob Peterson
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World number one Dinara Safina was second time lucky as she managed to gather a win under her belt, courtesy of Kristina Barrois loss' of breath. Safina rallied from behind losing the first set in tie breakers to win the next two and move into the third round of the US Open 2009.
In a match that lasted almost 2 hours and 12 minutes, Safina won 6-7 6-2 6-3.
The match was reminiscent of Safina's first round match against Olivia Rogowska where she had lost the first set too, but rallied to win.
The Russian was really not playing like a Number One, and definitely, if she continues with such a terrible display, she will soon find herself staring down the barrel. She has been lucky so far in the tournament as she will not be able to win with a game such as this. She has had more double faults and unforced errors than winners in the past two matches.
Safina needs to look seriously at her game before its too late. For now, she lives, to fight another day here in Flushing Meadows.
In another match, the tennis fraternity witnessed the tournament's biggest upset as 70th ranked American Melanie Oudin shattered Russian Elena Dementieva's dreams as she sent the fourth seed packing in three closely fought sets. Dementieva, one of the top contenders for the title here in Flushing Meadows, won the first set 7-5 but succumbed to Oudin's grit and determination and gave up the next two sets to wave good bye to New York for now.
Other notable winners of the first half of the day were Tommy Haas who defeated unseeded American Robert Kendrick in straight sets 6-4 6-4 7-6(3), Gisela Dulko who eliminated No. 30 Alona Bondarenko 6-4 6-0, and 24th seed Sorana Cirstea who sent Stephanie Dubois of Canada packing in three sets 6-4 5-7 6-4.
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