Serena Williams struggled against qualifier Eugenie Bouchard today in the first set of her 2nd round Cinccinnati match, but she did advance to the next round. Yesterday, Maria Sharapova struggled against Sloane Stephens, and it was Stephens who advanced, 2-6, 7-6, 6-3. Mona "now you see her, now you don't" Barthel took out both Lucie Safarova and Maria Kirilenko.
Elena Vesnina has beaten both Kirsten Flipkens and Venus Williams in Cincinnati, and Stanford champion Dominika Cibulkova made a first round exit courtesy of qualifier Polona Hercog. The courts are playing pretty slow, giving clay court players a bit of comfort.
In doubles, the team of Daniela Hantuchova and Martina Hingis lost in the second round to top seeds Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci.
Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli lost her 2nd round match to Simona Halep, 2012 Cincinnati champion Li Na faces Lauren Davis tonight.