On paper, the matchup between Russian stars Maria Sharapova and Ekaterina Makarova had the makings of a potential upset. Maria would have none of that talk, and dismantled Makarova 6-1 6-1. It was a tale of two themes, neither one good for Makarova. First, Maria was sharp on her groundies and serves. She was punishing the ball and hitting clean winners. Second, Makarova could not find the court on her first serves, at only 43%. That kind of percentage will not get the job done against an in-form Maria Sharapova.
The Andrea Petkovic versus Maria Kirilenko match also had the makings of an upset, and for most of the first set, Kirilenko was going toe to toe with Andrea. In the end, Andrea played the big points a little better at the end of the set for a 7-5 advantage.Very little separated the two in the first set, as Andrea won 45 points to 41 points for Maria. But tennis matches often have shifts in momentum and getting that first set in the bag seemed to energize Andrea and deflate Maria. Suddenly errors and poor serving crept into Maria’s game, leaving Andrea with an easy 6-1 second set win to close out the match.
Singles – First Round
(10) Shahar Peer (ISR) d. Bojana Jovanovski (SRB) 36 60 64
(12) Andrea Petkovic (GER) d. Maria Kirilenko (RUS) 75 61
(WC) Romina Oprandi (ITA) d. (14) Kaia Kanepi (EST) 75 36 61
Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) d. (15) Flavia Pennetta (ITA) 64 46 63
(16) Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d. (Q) Chanelle Scheepers (RSA) 63 75
Lucie Safarova (CZE) d. Kimiko Date-Krumm (JPN) 75 62
Sara Errani (ITA) d. Roberta Vinci (ITA) 62 10 ret. (right ankle injury)
(Q) Anastasia Rodionova (AUS) d. Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) 64 64
(WC) Alberta Brianti (ITA) d. (LL) Zheng Jie (CHN) 64 75
CAROLINE WOZNIACKI (autograph session)
VICTORIA AZARENKA (autograph session)