Virginie Razzano got a nice rest today when Vera Zvonareva gave her a walkover in the third round. Zvonareva, who injured her right ankle in Charleston, discovered this week that it has not yet healed.
In a tennis plot twist, it was her opponent--and not Dominika Cibulkova--whose back went out in their third round match. Elena Vesnina, who won the first set, had to have treatment after she began having back problems in the second set. I, and I'm sure many others, assumed Vesnina would not be able to do much in the third set, but she did enough to win the match, upsetting the 14th seed 7-5, 4-6, 6-4.
The other upset was Francesca Schiavone's 7-6, 6-0 victory over 12th seed Marion Bartoli.
Victoria Azarenka defeated Sorana Cirstea, 7-6, 6-2. It is a pleasure to watch Cirstea play on any surface, especially when one contrasts her game with so many others. What's not to like?
It took Nadia Petrova three sets to defeat Gisela Dulko. Elena Dementieva, Serena Williams and Daniela Hantuchova all advanced in straight sets, defeating Regina Kulikova, Roberta Vinci and Ai Sugiyama, respectively.
In doubles, the Williams sisters advanced to the third round, as did the teams of Kuznetsova/Mauresmo, Stosur/Stubbs and Medina Garrigues/Ruano Pascual.