Li Na Advances In Third Round Of 2013 Sony Open; Caroline Wozniacki, Petra Kvitova Upset

Li Na (click to enlarge)

2011 Roland Garros winner Li Na advanced in the 3rd round of the 2013 Sony Open in Miami. Playing her first tournament since the 2013 Australian Open, the Chinese star was never truly threatened in defeating Varvara Lepchenko, 6-2 6-4. Although seemingly a routine win, this day at the “mini-Major” saw many big names exit, so just winning and moving on was an accomplishment. Speaking of those departing stars, few saw Caroline Wozniacki being taken out by 19-year old Garbiñe Muguruza, 6-2 6-4. Caro is coming off an appearance in the final of Indian Wells that had some wondering if that would be the turning point in getting her headed back towards the top. The jury is still out, perhaps. Maybe Muguruza is just a young rising star that we will see more of in the future. Or…possibly Caro is still not where she needs to be with her game. Time will tell. Also upset was Petra Kvitova, who fell to Kirsten Flipkens, 6-0 4-6 6-1, in one of the more seesaw scorelines of the day. I’m getting all too familiar with this as a Kvitova fan. You just don’t know what Petra will show up, not just from match to match but from set to set and game to game. But as I’ve said before, when she’s on…she’s amazing. Last but not least, the tournament lost Venus Williams. I didn’t put Venus in the post headline. That’s not out of any preference, because I do like Venus, but rather because she wasn’t upset. Unfortunately, she had to withdraw with a lower back injury. That is definitely not good news, but if there is a silver lining it’s that the withdrawal allows Sloane Stephens, an up and coming star in the making, to advance.

WTA Singles – Thurd Round

[1] S Williams (USA) d A Morita (JPN) 63 63
[4] A Radwanska (POL) d M Rybarikova (SVK) 76(5) 26 63
[5] N Li (CHN) d [25] V Lepchenko (USA) 62 64
[30] K Flipkens (BEL) d [7] P Kvitova (CZE) 60 46 61
[WC] G Muguruza (ESP) d [9] C Wozniacki (DEN) 62 64
[13] D Cibulkova (SVK) d R Oprandi (SUI) 63 64
[16] S Stephens (USA) d [19] V Williams (USA) w/o (lower back)
[WC] A Tomljanovic (CRO) d [WC] A Petkovic (GER) 06 64 76(1)

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LI NA

VARVARA LEPCHENKO

AGNIESZKA RADWANSKA

AJLA TOMLJANOVIC

ANDREA PETKOVIC

GARBIÑE MUGURUZA

KIRSTEN FLIPKENS

PETRA KVITOVA

SERENA WILLIAMS

AYUMI MORITA

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