When Polish sisters Agnieszka and Urszula Radwanska were drawn against each other, 10th seed Agnieszka seemed destined to win.
But crowds at Dubai Tennis Stadium were left aghast yesterday as underdog Urszula, who is ranked at just 120, beat her sibling in two sets.
To be fair to Agnieszka, she had been ill since flying in from Paris earlier in the week, but she seemed unprepared for the 6-4 6-3 defeat. Her sister was equally surprised.
“I was trying not to think who was across the other side of the net. It’s always tough to play against a sister, but I’m happy I’m in the second round,” said Urszula.
She added: “But she’s sick and she told me after the match that because of the doubles she was still playing, but if she wouldn’t play today doubles probably she would have retired. So she’s not feeling good.”
In other tennis news, Marion Bartoli defeated Japanese veteran Ai Sugiyama, Romania’s Monica Niculescu was beaten by Shuai Peng from China, while Dubai favourite Slovak Daniela Hantuchova beat Swiss Stefanie Voegele and Francesca Schiavone of Italy swept aside Australia’s Casey Dellacqua.