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10.55 pm: Caroline Wozniacki defeats Anastasia Rodionova 6-2, 6-0. The Aussie battled but Caro is the top seed and here she showed why. Power, accuracy and patience – that’s what she’s got bundles of and she’ll need it tomorrow evening, on Centre at 7.30, when she opens the night session against Yanina Wickmayer.
Thanks for reading today. Play starts again in 12 hours with Gajdosova – Li, Stosur – Hercog and Vesnina – Arn, with plenty more to follow after that. See you then!
10.15 pm: And then Wozniacki shows why she’s world no.1. Hold break hold break, and it’s 6-2 and she’s half way there.
10 pm: Rodionova is giving as good as she gets, despite the fact that she is ranked 79 places below her opponent. It’s 2-1 and they’re deucing up on the adopted Australian’s service. And she’s held. 2-2. The two have never met before, and Rodionova has never won a singles title in her career, though she has three doubles crowns to her name.
8.46 pm: And we can add the second set to that with just as little fuss! Victoria Azarenka defeats Sara Errani 6-1, 6-2 and sets up a third round clash with Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. That’s the only match-up between seeds in tomorrow’s programme. Right, Caro Wozniacki and Anastasia Rodionova to follow once Fed has finished with Tsonga (soon, by the look of it).
8.22 pm: First set Vika 6-1, on the back of some wonderfully flowing forehands that she’s hitting with pin-point accuracy.
7.45 pm: It’s the evening session, and for us it gets under way on Pietrangeli, with Vika Azarenka breaking Sara “as blue-eyed as Vera Dushevina” Errani to open. Vika leads the H2H 3-1 including two on clay (one of them coming in the Marbella semi last month). Sara’s no.39 in the world (primarily due to that good Marbella run and a similar one in Barcelona) but Vika’s no.4.
7 pm: Yanina Wickmayer defeats Ana Ivanovic 2-6, 7-6(4), 6-3 on the back of another break of service. That was quite a collapse from Ana there – she looked second best in the tie-break and as soon as that ace was called out at 4-6, it was game over. Wicky will face the winner of tonight’s marquee tie between Caroline Wozniacki and Anastasia Rodionova.
6.29 pm: Nothing set but interesting tie-break. Wickmayer pounded the Ivanovic second serves, then at 4-6, Ana served an ace which Yanina challenged, Eva Asderaki ruled it out and the Ana longed the second service. A DF to end a TB – ewww. And then a DF to hand Wickmayer a break to open the decider. Double ewww.
6.04 pm: 5-4 Wickmayer after an exchange of breaks in what has been a bit of a nothing set. Two good players neutralising as opposed to bringing out the best in one another. Elsewhere however, Jarmila Gajdosova has defeated Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6-2, 6-4 and will face no.4 seed and all-round funny gal in press conferences Na Li tomorrow afternoon.
5.20 pm: A seed survives in the third quarter of the bracket! Na Li defeats Lourdes Dominguez Lino 6-4, 6-2 and will face, hmmm, probably Gajdosova as she has taken the first set 6-2 over poor tired Beth Mattek, who apparently didn’t get her gear back this morning from the laundry below Pietrangeli court. As she pointed out herself, there’s no mistaking her knee-length socks and underarmour…
5 pm: Nervous stuff out on Centre. Ana got her serving underway with second service ace, DF, service winner, ace, DF, first serve lost (deuce), DF (advantage Wickmayer) but clawed it back from there to hold. Wicky then served up a DF of her own and plenty of second ‘uns and it’s 2-1 to Ana with the Serb to serve. I also giggled when she won the game as the umpire announced “Djoko Ivanovic”. OK so it was actually “Gioco (game) Ivanovic” but I laughed anyway.
Elsewhere Bethanie Mattek-Sands is in action again, 16 hours after defeating Flavia Pennetta last night (pfff. I was here at 9.30 this morning…) but has just been broken by Jarmila Gajdosova. They met in Hobart at the start of the year and the Aussie won in two.
4.50 pm: Yanina and Ana are under way in their first ever meeting. No.22 versus no.24, but Ana obviously has the clay pedigree, having won Roland Garros in 2008 and made the semis here last year. She also won Bali last year (the end-of-season tournament for players outside the top eight but who won a title), while the Belgian hasn’t won a tournament since 2009.
4.07 pm: Another seed falls. Elena Vesnina has beaten Agnieszka Radwanska 3-6, 6-2, 6-1 and will face Greta Arn in the third round tomorrow. That quarter of the draw now only has Na Li left in it in terms of seeds after the departures of Radwanska, Kuznetsova and Pennetta
.3.57 pm: Go Jelly! Go Jelly! Go Jelly! Jelena Jankovic defeats Lucie Safarova 6-0, 6-3 and will face Anabel Medina Garrigues in the third round tomorrow. Bagels have been served up by the top three Serbs at the tournament so far (JJ, Ana and Nole). Can Victor Troicki do likewise against Potito Starace later on? Na Li meanwhile, everyone’s favourite outsider who came good at the Aus Open in January, is 6-4, 2-0 up on LourDomiLino.
3.35 pm: Another seed falls to another qualifier! Anabel Medina Garrigues defeats Marion Bartoli 6-3, 6-4 and will play JJ next up, unless luscious legs Lucie can come back from 0-6, 1-4.
3.06 pm: 6-0 JJ. She is stepping in and absolutely, completely and utterly obliterating Lucie’s second services. And Shahar Peer has defeated Alisa Kleybanova 6-3, 7-5 and will face Maria Sharapova tomorrow,
2.55 pm: Sam Stosur defeats Iveta Benesova 6-1, 7-5 and the No.6 seed will face Polona Hercog in the next round. And speaking of Czech lefties (like Benesova), Lucie Safarova is 0-4 down to two-time Rome winner and regular splits-performer when playing on clay, Jelena Jankovic. Aga Rad took the first but Elena Vesnina leads 4-1 in the second, while Na Li and Lourdes Domingues Lino are under way. Oh yes, and Maid Marion and AMG are 2-2 in the second after the Spaniard took the opener.
2.24 pm: I’m back from my lunch and Rafa break, what have we missed? Shahar has 6-3d the first against Kleybs, AMG is serving for the set against Bartoli and Sto – Beneso are locked at 5-5 in the second.
1.40 pm: Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova has beaten Vera Dushevina 7-5, 6-4 and will face the winner of Azarenka – Errani tomorrow. And Slammin’ Sammy isn’t hanging around, having breadsticked Iveta Benesova to open. Radwanska – Vesnina, Peer-Kleybanova and Bartoli-Medina Garrigues have just started.
1.18 pm: After seemingly playing more shadow tennis than the real stuff so as not to stiffen up while her opponent got treatment, Daniela Hantuchova is into the third round, beating Romina Oprandi 7-5, 6-1. The lovely, languid, long-limbed Slovak will face Francesca Schiavone tomorrow, doubtless on Centre.
1 pm: She’s out! Polona Hercog defeats Andrea Petkovic 6-4, 6-3 to set up a crack at either Stosur or Benesova tomorrow. Wow! I wonder if she’ll do a Polonadance to celebrate?
12.54 pm: Shockwaves… Polona Hercog has a match point against no.12 seed Andrea Petkovic! 6-4, 5-2 but Petko fights back, breaks and will now serve at 3-5. Plenty of work still to do though. Oprandi meanwhile is having treatment on an injury, so Dani Hani is treating the crowd to a stretching session, all long tanned limbs. And no.6 seed Sam Stosur and Iveta Benesova are about to start on no.1 court.
12.49 pm: As well as a big knee strap, Oprandi has a blue cap with a peak on it at a 45° angle that looks bigge
r than the cap itself. If she straightened it out she could go and hang out by the local fast food joint with a bunch of sullen teens, spitting on the floor and looking generally disinterested. It’s 2-1 Hani on service in that one, but we have our first result: Greta Arn defeats Alberta Brianti 6-4, 6-4 and will play the winner of Radwanska – Vesnina next up.
12.32 pm: It was too good to last. Dani Hani breaks again and takes the opener 7-5. Ana Pavs did likewise against Vera Du and her eyes of blue. She never seems to do anything, Miss Dushevina. She’s on the circuit every year, plays lots, wins and few matches, loses a few but never seems to break through. When will she become Vera Breakthroughshevina? Perhaps never.
12.12 pm: Wow! Oprandi has just carved out a break-back point with a ‘tweener, a hot dog, a between the legs shot, and now broken back! 5-4. Arn has won the opener 6-4, and after three breaks in four games, Polona Hercog has also 6-4d the first over Andrea Petkovic, whose service still very much seems to be a work in progress.
11.50 am: The sublime Dani Hani leads Romina Oprandi, who has a hefty strap on her right knee, 5-2. Romina’s best result at a WTA Premier is the quarters here in 2006, and making the second round today is her equal-best result of the season so far. She lives and plays club tennis in Switzerland as well, almost like me (I live and play pub-standard tennis in Switzerland).
In a Russian battle on 6, Vera Dushevina and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (hereafter Vera Du and her eyes of blue and Anna Pavs) are locked at 3-3, deuce. And on 4, it’s Polona versus Petko and they’re similarly close. Not good for the Italians at the moment though as Greta Arn, the Hungarian who ousted Sveta Kuznetsova in the opening round, is 5-2 up on Alberta Brianti.
11 am: Morning everyone, we’re finishing off the second round today and what a day it promises to be! Caro Wozniacki, Vika Azarenka, JJ, Ana, Aga Rad, Petkorazzi, Dani Hani… we’re spoilt for choice! Andrea Petkovic and Daniela Hantuchova are two of the first in action, starting in a few minutes’ time on the outside courts. I can’t see any upsets today but what do I know?
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