Dinara Safina knocked out in upset loss to Taiwan’s Chang Kai-chen at Toray Pan Pacific Open

By Jim Armstrong, AP
Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Unseeded Chang ousts Safina at Pan Pacific Open

TOKYO — Top-ranked and defending champion Dinara Safina has been knocked out in the second round of the Toray Pan Pacific Open by Taiwanese qualifier Chang Kai-chen.

Chang, ranked 132nd in the world, earned a 7-6 (5), 4-6, 7-5 win Monday over the Russian to advance to the third round of the $2 million tournament.

Safina, who had a first-round bye, was leading Chang 5-4 in the third set when she double faulted to give up a break. Chang held and then converted on her third match point on Safina’s forehand error.

Safina’s status as the world’s top-ranked player has now been further jeopardized after a third-round loss to 72nd-ranked Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic at the U.S. Open.

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