American Bethanie Mattek-Sands advanced to the second round of the 2011 BNP Paribas Open with a 6-4 6-4 victory over Vera Dushevina of Russia. Bethanie will need to tighten her serve moving forward. In the 20 games played in this match, there were 12 breaks of serve, 7 against Dushevina and 5 against Mattek-Sands. That could spell trouble in Bethanie’s upcoming match with Shahar Peer or a possible third round match against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.
American Melanie Oudin also won 7-6 (2) 6-2 over Elena Vesnina of Russia. Another match with the same 7-5 split of 12 service breaks saw Oudin just a bit more consistent on her first serve. I was actually a little surprised Melanie won this match. I thought Vesnina would give her trouble and ultimately win. However, I am pleasantly surprised. Still, it’s not really in the league of what it would be if Melanie finds a way to beat second round opponent Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium. That is going to be a tough one. We’ll see if Melanie can pull it off.
Another nice surprise was Coco Vandeweghe getting to the second round with a 4-6 6-3 6-4. She really gutted it out on serve. Although she was broken 6 times, that was over three sets. More importantly, she saved 12 of 18 break points against her. This one could have gone either way. Saving 67% of break points against preserved this win for Coco.
A bit disappointed to see Vania King and Patty Schnyder bow out in the first round. Vania had a tough draw with Gisela Dulko coming off a victory in Acapulco a week ago. She did well to take a set off the Argentine star. Patty lost to Alize Cornet of France in straight sets. Alize is a player that I think has more talent than her results have shown. She made eventual champion Kim Clijsters have to really work at the Australian Open. I would not be surprised to see Cornet get by Pironkova in the second round…or be beaten easily. She is a real wildcard here who could disrupt a section of the draw if she gets hot.
Singles – First Round
Lucie Safarova (CZE) d. Kristina Barrois (GER) 76(9) 67(5) 60
Anastasija Sevastova (LAT) d. Polona Hercog (SLO) 75 76(6)
Sara Errani (ITA) d. Greta Arn (HUN) 66 ret. (left knee injury)
Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) d. Vera Dushevina (RUS) 64 64
Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) d. Olga Govortsova (BLR) 75 26 63
Gisela Dulko (ARG) d. (WC) Vania King (USA) 26 63 62
Kimiko Date-Krumm (JPN) d. Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) 64 75
Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) d. (WC) Alison Riske (USA) 62 61
Alla Kudryavtseva (RUS) d. (Q) Sorana Cirstea (ROU) 36 63 63
Melanie Oudin (USA) d. Elena Vesnina (RUS) 76(2) 62
Zuzana Ondraskova (CZE) d. (WC) Lauren Davis (USA) 62 61
Sybille Bammer (AUT) d. Johanna Larsson (SWE) 62 36 63
(Q) Monica Niculescu (ROU) d. Anastasia Rodionova (AUS) 63 61
(Q) Alizé Cornet (FRA) d. Patty Schnyder (SUI) 61 64
(WC) Coco Vandeweghe (USA) d. Edina Gallovits-Hall (ROU) 46 63 64
(WC) Sania Mirza (IND) d. Romina Oprandi (ITA) 21 ret. (right knee injury)
BARBORA ZAHLAVOVA STRYCOVA
LUCIE SAFAROVA (18 aces in her match)