Monday, July 30, 2012

Playing catch-up at the Olympics

Because of yesterday's rain, the courts were crowded today at the Olympic Games in London World number 1 Victoria Azarenka advanced to the second round with a win over Irina-Camelia Begu, 9th seed Venus Williams defeated Sara Errani, and Brits Heather Watson and Laura Robson both won their first round matches.

Caroline Wozniacki defeated Yanina Wickmayer in the second round, and will next face Daniela Hantuchova.

Serena Williams and Petra Kvitova both advanced to the third round, beating Urszula Radwanska and Peng Shuai, respectively, and yes, it took Kvitova three sets to get it done. Flavia Pennetta took out grass court specialist Tsvetana Pironkova, but the other veteran Italian player, Francesca Schiavone, lost to Vera Zvonareva.

Of note is the first-round defeat of some good grass court players: Petra Cetkovska retired against Angelique Kerber, Zheng Jie lost to Nadia Petrova, and Marina Erakovic lost to Aleksandra Wozniak.

Peng and Zheng won their second round doubles match, defeating Spaniards Nuria Llagostera Vives and Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez. Martinez Sanchez, however, did advance to the second round in singles; she defeated Polona Hercog in straight sets.

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