|photo by Daniel Ward|
The major player today, however, was the wind. The flags in the stadium were fluttering and flapping, debris fell onto the court, we felt some shaking in the media tent, and during a morning match, one of these signs was pushed forward by the wind onto the court, stopping play.
2010 champion Sam Stosur, seeded 6th, was upset in a battle of the forehand against the backhand. The backhand belonged to Irina-Camelia Begu, who used it to expertly handle the wind and defeat Stosur in straight sets. This is the third year in a row that the Romanian has reached the quarterfinals. In both 2015 and 2016, she lost in the quarterfinals to Angelique Kerber (who went on to become the champion in 2015).
|Irina-Camelia Begu (photo by Daniel Ward)|
Close friends Daria Kasatkina and Daria Gavrilova (The Dashas) faced each other today in the 3rd round, with Kasatkina emerging the winner, 6-3, 4-6, 6-0.
|Daria Kasatkina (photo by Daniel Ward)|
In doubles, top seeds Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova advanced to the third round, but 2nd seeds Andrea Hlavackova and Sania Mirza were upset by Raquel Otawo and Jelena Ostapenko.