French Open - Reed: Stunned Safina should consider break

Eurosport - Tue, 25 May 23:01:00 2010

The standout story on day three at Roland Garros is Dinara Safina losing to 39-year-old Kimiko Date Krumm.

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The Japanese had a badly injured calf and could hardly move - yet still beat the Russian.

It was painful to watch her self-destruct like that and you wonder if she should take a break from the game for a while.

Her form has not been right for a year since she lost in the 2009 final here and she has suffered all over the place since - but hit rock bottom today.

So bad was Date Krumm's injury, it was questionable whether she should have carried on. But carry on she did, and Safina just could not put her away.

It was awful to watch, but a fascinating spectacle for television.

Date Krumm got the job done. She had retired from tennis for a long time but decided to come back a couple of years ago, just to experience the tour again I think- and she has done very, very well.

She excelled against Safina and was given a standing ovation by the crowd at the end. It really was astonishing.

Elsewhere Rafael Nadal strutted his stuff against the man who looks like Gael Monfils but isn't - Gianni Mina.

He looked pretty good out there and played like the champion he usually is here.

Another surprise was Sam Querrey losing to his American compatriot Robby Ginepri, who has not won a match since January. He has been playing very well - but kept losing!

The US players are never expected to go far in Paris and their main hope is Andy Roddick, who just got through in the first round, clawed it out.


Tomorrow Andy Murray is on court number one against Juan Ignacio Chela, who is having a nightmare on clay.

Murray knows what will be needed after responding so well in his four-our marathon against Richard Gasquet, but the question is how he has recovered from that.

Not even he will know until he gets up and steps out - but if he is fit he should beat Chela.

If he is tired and aching we could be in for a very long match - and his prospects at the tournament will therefore go down a lot even if he does win.

Showers are forecast for the morning with persistent rain in the afternoon, and Murray is on third, so he may just get away with it. Another 24 hours would be crucial to allowing him to recover fully.

However he handled himself well in the first round after falling behind.

The problem for him on clay is the way he plays, as a counter-attacker. It demands a lot of him over five long sets.

Federer will also be in second-round action against Alejandro Falla, which should be pretty easy for him.

In the women's draw three seed Caroline Wozniacki faces Tathiana Garbin. Wozniacki has looked good and moved well despite her ankle injury.

If she wins well again she will be among the top rank of players who can win the tournament, which is wide open on the women's side - I didn't have her down as a candidate before the tournament but she impressed me in the first round.

Simon Reed / Eurosport

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