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Vesnina stuns Sharapova in Beijing, Dementieva survives thriller

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Keywords: China Open | Francesca-Schiavone | Elena-Vesnina | Maria-Sharapova | Elena-Dementieva
Vesnina stuns Sharapova in Beijing, Dementieva survives thriller
The season's last cornerstaone event in the WTA calendar brought another set of surprises when Maria Sharapova, Victoria Azarenka and the likes bowed out following shocking defeats.

12th seed and three time Grand Slam event champion Maria Sharapova suffered a shocking defeat at the hands of compatriot Elena Vesnina and bowed out of the 2010 China Open, a WTA cornerstone event being played here in Beijing, China.

Click here re-visit the moments of turn around in the match.

Sharapova made a bad start to the match and lost her serve in the fourth game, followed by a couple of trade of breaks which pushed the set into the deciding tie-break. After conceding just three points, Vesnina then closed the first set in her favour.

The second set turned out to be  lopsided affair when Sharapova surrendered in front of Vesnina's solid baseline game, coupled with her 7 double faults that proved decisive in today's match, eventually handing Vesnina the victory with a 7-6(3), 6-2 scoreline in one hour and 39 minutes of play.

In another major upset from the day, Belarusian Victoria Azarenka bowed out of the event despite winning the opening set when the scorecard read 6-4, 2-3 in Azarenka's favour. Azarenka retired due to strain in the left thigh.

Russian Elena Dementieva finally put an end to the upset trail when she scored a three set win over 40-year old Japanese Kimiko Date Krumm. Dementieva lost control over the groundstrokes and lost the second set 6-1. However, she bounced back immediately with an early break in the decider and completed the 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 win one hour and 53 minutes of entertaining tennis.

Former World Number One, Serbian Ana Ivanovic also scored an easy 6-0, 7-5 win over Belarusian Olga Govortsova to move ahead in the draw. She was later joined by current French Open champion Francesca Schiavone, who breezed past Slovenian Polona Hercog 6-3, 6-3 to enter the pre-quarterfinals.

In a re-match of Wimbledon quarterfinals, Petra Kvitova battled past Estonian Kaia Kanepi 7-5, 6-7(6), 6-2 in a match that exceeded all expectations and ended after two hours and 28 minutes of brilliant tennis.

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