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