Li Na, seeded 8th in Miami, was upset in the second round today by Timea Bacsinzky, who defeated her 6-4, 4-6, 7-6. Li grabbed an early mini-break in the tiebreak but couldn't hold onto it.
10th seed Flavia Pennetta seems to be working on a pattern that doesn't look too good--do well at the beginning of the season, slump, then rise to the occasion later in the season. That pattern continued today when she lost in the second round to Andrea Petkovic. Petkovic is certainly not to be taken lightly, but the 6-3, 3-6, 6-0 scoreline gives one pause. Petkovic's service stats were excellent, by the way.
Pennetta and partner Gisela Dulko did defeat wild cards and former Australian Open champions Svetlana Kuznetsova and Alicia Molik yesterday in doubles.
Pennetta was not the only seed to make an exit today. 18th seed Aravane Rezai was upset 7-5, 5-7, 6-4 by Petra Martic, and Gisela Dulko defeated 21st seed Alona Bondarenko 7-5, 6-2. Roberta Vinci defeated 30th seed Anabel Medina Garrigues, and 31st seed Aleksandra Wozniak was defeated by Polona Hercog.
Daniela Hantuchova now leads Patty Schnyder 10-8 in their long-running under-the-radar rivalry. She won their second round match 6-1, 6-4.
It was a day for bagels. Petkovic, of course, won her third set 6-0, and Radwanska beat Makarova 7-5, 6-0. Then there was the match between 27th seed Agnes Szavay and wild card Alicia Molik, which Szavay won 6-0, 6-0. Molik had a first serve win percentage of 12.
I have a couple of questions, so if anyone is in the know, please jump in and comment:
1. Was Sabine Lisicki wearing ankles braces when she retired because of yet another ankle injury?
2. Why are Jans and Rosolska playing with different partners in Miami?