A couple of days ago, when I wrote about the very entertaining match between two great shot-makers--Agnieszka Radwanska and Sorana Cirstea--I said that the fun would continue because Radwanska's next opponent would be admirable shot-maker Maria Kirilenko. But there were two of us for whom the fun definitely did not continue. Neither Tennis Channel nor Tennis TV showed even a moment of the match, so I couldn't watch it, and I'm sure it was no fun for Radwanska, either, because she was beaten 6-1, 4-6, 7-5. (If any of you watched the match, feel free to give us a report.)
The two possibly up-and-coming Spaniards--Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino and Garbine Muguruza--were defeated by Maria Sharapova and Angelique Kerber, respectively. Petra Kvitova beat Klara Zakopalova in straight sets, Caroline Wozniacki beat an extremely error-prone (and not very aggressive--she looked like a not-so-great version of Wozniacki) Nadia Petrova, and top seed Victoria Azarenka, fighting foot pain, defeated Urszula Radwanska (a bad day for the Radwanskas).
Mona Barthel took the first set against Sam Stosur, and then faded away, which gave Stosur a 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 victory. And Sara Errani beat Marion Bartoli in straight sets.
Bartoli fooled most of us, if not all of us. She has been openly expressing her admiration for Amelie Mauresmo, fist-pumping (and that's some fist pump) in Mauresmo's direction in matches, and hinting that she was going to hire the French Fed Cup captain to be her coach. Instead, Bartoli has hired Jana Novotna to coach her, which means that--for the first time in her life--someone other than her father, Walter, is in charge.
Here is the quarterfinal draw:
(1) Victoria Azarenka vs. (8) Caroline Wozniacki
(4) Angelique Kerber vs. (7) Samantha Stosur
(5) Petra Kvitova vs. (13) Maria Kirilenko
(6) Sara Errani vs. (2) Maria Sharapova
In doubles, the teams of Ekaterina Makarova/Elena Vesnina and Kimiko Date-Krumm/Casey Dellacqua advanced to the semifinals.