Li Na, the 7th seed in Miami, was defeated 7-6, 6-7, 7-6 today by Johanna Larsson. The three-hour match, Li's first at the Sony Ericsson Open, was the latest of several disappointing results for the Australian Open runner-up.
10th seed Shahar Peer was upset by Anabel Medina Garrigues, who is showing signs of getting past a very long slump in singles. Iveta Benesova defeated 13th seed Flavia Pennetta 6-3, 6-0; Pennetta isn't having a good first quarter.
The upsets didn't stop there. Peng Shuai defeated 20th seed Aravane Rezai, and Elena Vesnina defeated 23rd seed Yanina Wickmayer, who was a semifinalist in Indian Wells. Nadia Petrova, seeded 18th, retired against Sabine Lisicki because of an episode of dizziness.
In doubles, 4th seeds Vania King and Yaroslava Shvedova were upset by Nuria Llagostera Vives and Arantxa Parra Santonja.
Yesterday, number 1 qualifying seed Jelena Dokic was defeated 6-4, 6-4 by Dinara Safina. Safina will play 3rd seed Vera Zvonareva in the second round.