While I like an upset at times in tennis, the great thing about the big guns advancing is setting up mouth-watering match-ups. With Ana Ivanovic and Victoria Azarenka advancing through the second round, we will see an intriguing showdown between the current #1 Vika and former #1 Ana. Normally, I would say Vika at the moment should win. But this blue clay has proven to be rather slippery and Vika’s biggest physical edge over Ana is her movement. If Azarenka can’t move as she normally does and Ana has the big serve and forehand going…anything can happen.
But the match that fans really want to see is Caroline Wozniacki against Serena Williams. Both advanced in straight sets, with Serena looking especially strong in dispatching Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. However, keep in mind that Caroline beat Serena at Miami this year, her first win over one of the big 3 that had stymied her: Serena Williams, Venus Williams and Kim Clijsters. Caroline has a bit of an injured ankle, but there are no excuses. She can win against Serena. If she doesn’t, it will be because Serena plays better, not a hobbled ankle.
Singles – Second Round
(1) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d. (Q) Andrea Hlavackova (CZE) 63 76(2)
(2) Maria Sharapova (RUS) d. Klara Zakopalova (CZE) 64 63
(6) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) d. Mona Barthel (GER) 64 76(2)
(9) Serena Williams (USA) d. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 62 61
(13) Ana Ivanovic (SRB) d. Nadia Petrova (RUS) 75 61
Lucie Safarova (CZE) d. (WC) Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP) 63 64
Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) d. Sorana Cirstea (ROU) 61 36 75
(Q) Varvara Lepchenko (USA) d. Shahar Peer (ISR) 76(2) 64