Lately, I've been concerned about both Sara Errani and Aravane Rezai, two players who--at the end of last year--appeared poised to have really good 2010 seasons, but who have fizzled out this year. Errani went out in the first round in Madrid on Friday, losing a three-setter to Andrea Petkovic.
Rezai, however, pulled off one of the upsets of the clay season today, defeating Justine Henin 4-6, 7-5, 6-0. Between them, they double-faulted 17 times, which is unfortunate. And speaking of double faults, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova double-faulted only once in her victory over Daniela Hantuchova.
11th seed Maria Sharapova was also upset--by Lucie Safarova--but there is hardly anything shocking in that score, considering the surface, Sharapova's issues, and Safarova's recent good form.
Venus Williams had service win percentages of 85 and 75 in her first round match against Stephanie Voegele, which she won 6-4, 6-2.
In doubles, 5th seeds Cara Black and Elena Vesnina were defeated 6-0, 7-6 by Chan Yung-Jan and Zheng Jie.