Laura Robson Upsets Agnieszka Radwanska On Day 3 Of 2013 Mutua Madrid Open; Maria Sharapova Advances (and a belated congratulations to Madison Keys)

Laura Robson (click to enlarge)

Laura Robson built on her first round win at the 2013 Mutua Madrid Open with a huge 2nd round upset of 4th seeded Agnieszka Radwanska, 6-3 6-1. Not only does this mark the first top 5 victory of Laura’s young career, but she did so by showing the amazing potential that has some tennis fans, including myself, looking at her as a future champion in the sport. From 3-3 in the 1st set, Robson won 9 of the final 10 games to completely overwhelm Aga, something that is very difficult to do. I would love to see Laura go deep into the draw here…well, except that her next opponent will either be Ana Ivanovic or Chanelle Scheepers. If it’s Chanelle, with all respect I will root for Laura. But if it’s Ana…well, I can’t root against Ana in this situation. She’s one of my top favorites.

Maria Sharapova (click to enlarge)

Meanwhile, Maria Sharapova had to fight from a break down in the 1st set to overcome Alexandra Dulgheru, 7-5 6-2. Masha said she was adjusting to the altitude and conditions. I wouldn’t be too concerned about her form. Remember that she was pushed to 3 sets in 3 straight matches in Stuttgart before unleashing her best tennis of the week in the final against Li Na. And speaking of Li Na, I must take this moment to congratulate up and coming American Madison Keys on her biggest win ever, taking out Li Na in the 1st round. I meant to do a couple of write ups late last night about Madison Keys and Cristie Kerr’s LPGA win but I fell asleep in front of my laptop…the next thing I knew it was 7 AM in the morning! LOL! Anyway, I will include the video recaps of the first and second rounds.

1st Round – Completed
  1 2 3
S. Stosur #9 6(7) 2  
C. Suarez Navarro  « 7(9) 6
1st Round – Completed
  1 2 3
C. McHale  « 7 5 6
P. Shuai 5 7 1
1st Round – Completed
  1 2 3
K. Mladenovic  « 6 6  
S. Soler Espinosa 1 1
2nd Round – Completed
  1 2 3
A. Kerber #6  « 6 6  
A. Cornet 4 2
1st Round – Completed
  1 2 3
M. Sharapova #2  « 7 6  
A. Dulgheru 5 2
2nd Round – Completed
  1 2 3
S. Errani #7  « 7 2 6
S. Cirstea 5 6 4
2nd Round – Completed
  1 2 3
A. Radwanska #4 3 1  
L. Robson  « 6 6
1st Round – Completed
  1 2 3
V. Azarenka #3  « 7(10) 7(7)  
A. Pavlyuchenkova 6(8) 6(3)

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LAURA ROBSON

MARIA SHARAPOVA

VICTORIA AZARENKA

CARLA SUAREZ NAVARRO

SAMANTHA STOSUR

KRISTINA MLADENOVIC

SARA ERRANI

AGNIESZKA RADWANSKA

ANASTASIA PAVLYUCHENKOVA (with her coach, all-time great MARTINA HINGIS)

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