NEWS AND COMMENTARY ON WOMEN'S PROFESSIONAL TENNIS
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Azarenka advances at Olympic Games
World number 1 Victoria Azarenka celebrated her 23rd birthday today by defeating Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez in straight sets and advancing to the third round of Olympic Games tennis competition. Joining her were Maria Sharapova, Angelique Kerber, Maria Kirilenko, Sabine Lisicki, Nadia Petrova, Julia Goerges, and Venus Williams.
Sharapova had to work for her victory. A roaring British crowed cheered for Laura Robson, who gave them a performance of which they can be proud. Sharapova defeated Robson 7-6, 6-3. The world number 3's next task will be to play Sabine Lisicki, who defeated Yaroslava Shvedova today.
In doubles, the Williams sisters defeated the German team of Kerber and Lisicki, and top seeds Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond defeated the Radwanska sisters. Next for Serena and Venus Williams are Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci, doubles stars supreme of 2012.