We don't get to see Bethanie Mattek-Sands playing at her full capability as often as we should. When she's healthy and match-tough, the veteran player from the USA has every shot in the book and a natural aggression that is a delight to watch. Mattek-Sands was "on" in Sydney today, and rather easily disposed of top seed and defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska, 7-5, 6-2. Radwanska helped by not serving that well, and by making a lot (for her) of unforced errors. Mattek-Sands, a qualifier, took out hot up-and-comer Eugine Bouchard in straight sets in the first round. And while this doesn't sound like much of an endorsement for the Canadian, it should be noted that Bouchard did extremely well in Hopman Cup play last week.
Madison Keys won her second round match against Ajla Tomjanovic, but the interesting part is how she advanced to the second round: She upset 7th seed Simona Halep. Jelena Jankovic went out in the first round to Ekaterina Makarova, and Angelique Kerber won her first and second round matches against Dominika Cibulkova (7-6, 7-5) and Kaia Kanepi, respectively.
Sara Errani beat friend and doubles partner Roberta Vinci in the opening round.
In Hobart, defending champion Elena Vesnina advanced to the second round, and wild card Storm Sanders upset Shenzhen runner-up Peng Shuai.