Between them, Laura Robson and Petra Kvitova hit 67 winners and 92 unforced errors, and that's as good a summary of the match as any. This is Kvitova, so naturally, winning the first set didn't mean she was close to victory. She led 3-0 in the third, however, and then 4-1. But again, this is Kvitova (or at least the unfortunate current version of Kvitova), and she saw Robson not only catch up, but serve for the match at 6-5. Kvitova broke her at that point, but Robson emerged the victor, 2-6, 6-3, 11-9.
Some of the stats, I should add, are impressive. Robson hit 8 aces, Kvitova hit 18. Kvitova's win percentage at the net was 80.
In the third round, Robson will play Sloane Stephens, and that match will draw all kinds of attention. Stephens beat Robson in Hobart, which gives her a little edge. Both players have momentum at this point, however.
It was brutally hot on the fourth day of the Open. Victoria Azarenka, Caroline Wozniacki and Serena Williams all advanced, and Williams did not appear to have any problems with her injured ankle.
Of note: There are two Japanese players--Kimiko Date-Krumm and Ayumi Morita-- into the third round. Date-Krumm will play Maria Kirilenko in the third round, and I hope I get to watch at least some of that match because I totally enjoy both players' styles, and I think that seeing them together will be a treat.
Also of note: Five women from the USA have advanced to the third round.
And of further note: Elena Vesnina, who recently won the Hobart title, has also made it to the third round. She beat Varvara Lepchenko in the second round.
Day 5 rounds of interest:
Ana Ivanovic vs. Jelena Jankovic
Angelique Kerber vs. Madison Keys
Venus Wlliams vs. Maria Sharapova
(During the night, something--I don't know what--occurred with Blogger. I was able to repair most of the change, but not all, so the blog looks a bit strange right now.)