Justine Henin has a wild card at the Sony Ericsson Open, a matter which inconveniences players in the early rounds of the tournament. Today, Henin defeated Jill Craybas; in the second round, she meets 5th seed Elena Dementieva. Henin had a wild card for the Australian Open, and drew Dementieva in the second round there, also. She won, 7-5, 7-6, and there is undoubtedly much interest in the Miami match between these two.
Also coming up in the second round in Miami is the renewal of a long and exciting rivalry, but one which is rarely discussed. In fact, it wasn't even discussed when both players were much higher in the rankings. Patty Schnyder and Daniela Hantuchova have met 17 times, and Hantuchova has won 9 of those matches, including the last four. In the first round, Hantuchova had a bye, and Schnyder defeated Katarina Srebotnik.
There have already been a couple of retirements. Anastasija Sevastova, who was seeded first in qualifying, retired during her second qualifying round because of a foot laceration. And today, Varvaro Lepchenko retired in her second set against Virginie Razzano.