Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Daily Reports: Cincinnati DAY 2!
Top seed Jelena Jankovic of Serbia, recovering from an ankle injury, played the last match on Tuesday, facing Russian qualifier Vera Dushevina. Jankovic's return of the serve was working very well in the first set. Also her serve was pretty good, she lost only one in the first set and took the opener 64. Jankovic served 11 aces overally, which is a really big and unusual number for the Serbian, but even those 6 aces she hit in the second set, didn't help her to win it. Dushevina was far more consistent on her serve and took the set 63. The Serbian number one didn't have any problems to take this match in three as she won the final set 61. Dushevina stood no chance in the final set. Jankovic confirmed her favourite role and will face another qualifier, Akgul Amanmuradova in the third round. Amanmuradova, a qualifier from Uzbekistan, continues in her amazing run. After beating Kimiko Date Krumm 61 62 in the first round, she destroyed another qualifier, Bojana Jovanovski of Serbia 62 60 in round two. No Serbian showdown in the third round then.
After a very long time, Argentinian Gisela Dulko won a singles match. She faced Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic in the first round. Safarova was a favourite, considering Dulko is recovering from an injury and showed poor form in her previous match against Coco Vandeweghe as she was forced to retire at 06 03 in San Diego last week. Safarova will definitely be dissapointed with her play, she has a lot of points to defend this summer and this was not a good start for the Czech.
Another expected winners of today's matches, such as Flavia Pennetta, Maria Kirilenko, Marion Bartoli, Yanina Wickmayer and Andrea Petkovic, all advanced to the next round.
Elena Vesnina def. Melanie Oudin 62 63
(WC) Christina McHale def. (15) Nadia Petrova 76(4) 53 ret.
(11) Flavia Pennetta def. Jie Zheng 64 62
Maria Kirilenko def. Kateryna Bondarenko 61 63
Gisela Dulko def. Lucie Safarova 64 63
(12) Yanina Wickmayer def. (Q) Greta Arn 62 62
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova def. Daniela Hantuchova 63 64
Andrea Petkovic def. (WC) Coco Vandeweghe 76(1) 61
(10) Maria Sharapova def. Svetlana Kuznetsova 64 16 62
Sybille Bammer def. (Q) Sorana Cirstea 76(5) 62