The British No 1 Elena Baltacha missed out on a place in the last eight of the Pattaya Open in Thailand yesterday after a 2-6, 6-1, 6-4 defeat by the Chinese sixth seed, Peng Shuai.
When Elena Baltacha lost the first set to Agnieszka Radwanska without winning a game yesterday she recalled the experience here last year of her predecessor as British No 1, Anne Keothavong, who was beaten 6-0, 6-0 by Dinara Safina.
Former world number one Justine Henin will make her return to tennis at the Brisbane International in January.
Dinara Safina has had to grow used to the jibes from the likes of Serena Williams. Ever since becoming world No 1 earlier this year the Russian has been fielding questions about whether she deserves that status given that she has never won a Grand Slam tournament.
Russian teenager Alisa Kleybanova today knocked out fifth seed Ana Ivanovic to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open.
Elena Baltacha's Australian Open ended in defeat here today but the 25-year-old Briton could take plenty of encouragement from her performance.
Winning her first Grand Slam tournament was meant to be the making of Ana Ivanovic, but the 20-year-old Serb's summer went from bad to worse last night when she was knocked out of the US Open by a qualifier. Julie Coin, a 25-year-old Frenchwoman playing in her first Grand Slam tournament, beat the world No 1 6-3, 4-6, 6-3. It was the earliest exit by a top women's seed here since tennis went open 40 years ago.
Sebastian Coe, who learnt when he arrived here on Saturday that his father, Peter, had died after a short illness, will go back home for the funeral before returning to China for the closing ceremony.
It took five tournaments and 18 matches to achieve but an opponent finally got the better of Justine Henin at the Barclays Dubai Championships here last night. Francesca Schiavone, a 27-year-old Italian, was the unlikely giant-slayer as Henin suffered her first defeat at the Aviation Club.