After avenging her loss to Ayumi Morita at Stanford last week in the second round of this week’s 2011 Mercury Insurance Open at Carlsbad, Ana Ivanovic kept rolling against Alberta Brianti winning easily, 6-1 6-2. For some time now, I think I see the light at the end of the tunnel for Ana, only to have her inexplicably lose to players she has the talent to easily defeat. The way Ana dug out of a 0-5 hole in the second set against Morita and then carried her momentum through the Brianti match gives me hope that maybe this will be the event Ana can have a breakthrough result. Not only did Ivanovic break Brianti 4 times, she also never faced a break point. Next up for 5th seed Ana in the quarterfinals is Peng Shuai, the 4th seed. If Ana brings her A game, she should win. Problem is, it’s tough to know which Ana will show up. Hopefully, she will bring a game good enough to propel her to the semifinals.
Also winning her third round match was Andrea Petkovic. Petkorazzi was dominating Virginie Razzano 6-2 3-0 when Razzano retired with a right shoulder injury. Andrea has a new Petko dance. Some might say so what, but I think that is important. There was some griping and grumbling from current and former players about her dancing after wins. I do understand that some people look at it as rubbing it in after defeating an opponent. However, I don’t think that’s Andrea personality. I truly believe she just is a free spirit who likes to have fun. It would surprise me if she has any malice or arrogance intended in her post-win tradition. When she stopped dancing for awhile, she wasn’t playing as well. If other players don’t want her to dance, then beat her. Here is a short video of her second round match against Alexa Glatch which shows her new dance.
Singles – Third Round
(1) Vera Zvonareva (RUS) d. Vera Dushevina (RUS) 63 60
(2) Andrea Petkovic (GER) d. Virginie Razzano (FRA) 62 30 ret. (right shoulder injury)
(3) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. Christina McHale (USA) 61 60
(4) Peng Shuai (CHN) d. (15) Sara Errani (ITA) 46 62 76(7)
(5) Ana Ivanovic (SRB) d. Alberta Brianti (ITA) 61 62
(8) Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) d. Zheng Jie (CHN) 62 46 64
(12) Sabine Lisicki (GER) d. Coco Vandeweghe (USA) 64 63
(WC) Sloane Stephens (USA) d. Tamira Paszek (AUT) 53 ret. (left abdominal injury)