In their first ever career match-up, Maria Sharapova easily bested Sorana Cirstea 6-2 6-2 to advance in the second round of the 2012 China Open. Although on paper this looks like another routine win for Masha, she was well aware of Cirstea’s potential threat.
“I had never played Sorana before but she has beaten top players and is one of those players who can come out and just have a great day. She hits really flat and hard, so I tried to play aggressively and take her time away. I’m happy I played a shorter match than I did in the first round.” – Maria Sharapova
Serbian former #1s Ana Ivanovic and Jelena Jankovic were not so fortunate as they both fell in straight set upsets. I am not so worried about Ana, although her loss to Romina Oprandi is, in my opinion, the worse upset of the two. But Ana is still trending upward overall and is in a much better place than she was a few years ago when she couldn’t find her game. Ana is just outside the top 10. Jelena however is in full reverse. She is outside the top 25 and sinking farther away from her best days. Ana still has her power to carry her. Jelena relies on court coverage and she has clearly lost a step. Ana was able to turn her sinking ranking around. I’m not so sure Jelena will. I hope she does. She is one of my favorites. But I have my doubts.
Singles – Third Round
(3) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. (Q) Lourdes Domínguez Lino (ESP) 26 61 64
(9) Marion Bartoli (FRA) d. Julia Goerges (GER) 63 76(2)
Romina Oprandi (SUI) d. (11) Ana Ivanovic (SRB) 64 63
Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP) d. Jelena Jankovic (SRB) 75 64
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