Victoria Azarenka, Ana Ivanovic Advance In Second Round Of 2012 Sony Ericsson Open; Petra Kvitova Falls To Venus Williams

Victoria Azarenka

With a win over Michaella Krajicek in the second round of the 2012 Sony Ericsson Open, Victoria Azarenka pushed her 2012 record to 24-0. However, the 6-3 7-5 match was a bit tougher down the stretch than most anticipated. In fact, Michaella fought back from a break down at 2-4 in the second set to win 3 straight games to give herself a chance to serve for the second set at 5-4. Unfortunately for her, she would not win another game, as she double-faulted three times en route to dropping her serve at 5-4 and losing the following 2 games to allow Vika to close her out. The field shouldn’t get too excited by Vika’s slow start. She had an even bigger scare in the first round of Indian Wells from Mona Barthel, who took her deep into a third set tiebreak before Vika finally prevailed. But after that, Azarenka was untouchable.

Ana Ivanovic

Two former world #1s also advanced in the second round. Ana Ivanovic took 0ut Vania King 6-4 7-5. Last we saw Ana, she had to retire from her Indian Wells semifinal against Maria Sharapova. She has the elastic therapeutic tape on her left thigh. Hopefully, she will be fit enough to give her best effort. The biggest news of the day was Venus Williams turning in a triumphant return by knocking out 3rd seeded Petra Kvitova, 6-4 4-6 6-0. It’s an impressive win for Venus, however it is worth noting that this version of Petra does not look like the same player we saw last year. The 2011 Player of the Year has not reached a final this year, losing matches to Li Na, Maria Sharapova and Christina McHale along the way. So kudos to Venus on her win, but I will need to see more before I would say just where her game really is.

Singles – Second Round
(1) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d. Michaella Krajicek (NED) 63 75
(WC) Venus Williams (USA) d. (3) Petra Kvitova (CZE) 64 46 60
(5) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. (Q) Madison Keys (USA) 61 61
(7) Marion Bartoli (FRA) d. Polona Hercog (SLO) 57 62 61
(WC) Garbiñe Muguruza Blanco (ESP) d. (9) Vera Zvonareva (RUS) 64 63
Ksenia Pervak (KAZ) d. (11) Francesca Schiavone (ITA) 64 46 75
(15) Ana Ivanovic (SRB) d. Vania King (USA) 64 75
(16) Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) d. Anna Tatishvili (GEO) 75 61
Zheng Jie (CHN) d. (18) Angelique Kerber (GER) 76(4) 61
(20) Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) d. (Q) Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR) 67(4) 62 76(4)
(22) Maria Kirilenko (RUS) d. (WC) Alisa Kleybanova (RUS) 76(1) 63
(24) Flavia Pennetta (ITA) d. Lourdes Domínguez Lino (ESP) 64 26 60
(WC) Heather Watson (GBR) d. (27) Lucie Safarova (CZE) 62 61
(WC) Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) d. (28) Monica Niculescu (ROU) 46 63 64
Sílvia Soler-Espinosa (ESP) d. (31) Kaia Kanepi (EST) 75 63
Simona Halep (ROU) d. (32) Nadia Petrova (RUS) 63 62










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