After beating Laura Robson 6-1, 6-2 in the second round of the Southern California Open, Petra Kvitova said that she had been practicing her serve a lot since Wimbledon. It showed. Her service stats were excellent, and included 11 aces. Robson, for her part, was probably tired; she didn't have that much time to recover between her three-set first-round match and the match against (the real) Kvitova.
Victoria Azarenka celebrated her birthday yesterday, and won her second round match against Francesca Schiavone. Stanford champion Dominika Cibulkova went out to Ana Ivanovic in the opening round.
Martina Hingis, making her return to doubles, had a victory with partner Daniela Hantuchova in their opening round. Hantuchova and Hingis beat Julia Goerges and Darija Jurak 6-1, 6-1. The post-match comments are worth reading.
Goerges and Jurak were the runners-up in Stanford. Next up for Hantuchova and Hingis are Stanford champions Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears.
In Washington, DC, 2nd seed Sloane Stephens went out in the first round. Top seed Angelique Kerber is blogging from the tournament.