Day 8 of the 2014 Sony Open saw the top seeds start to show their greatness in a few lopsided contests. 2nd seed Li Na overwhelmed 15th seeded Carla Suarez Navarro 6-0 6-2. This was probably the most complete match the Chinese superstar has played in a long time, especially considering the potential upset threat Suarez Navarro could have been. Caroline Wozniacki, the 11th seed, didn’t have quite the same player to deal with in Varvara Lepchenko but the result of the match was even more one-sided as Caroline came one game shy of dropping a double bagel on Lepchenko, 6-0 6-1. Remember that Caro is one day removed from vaporizing Sloane Stephens 6-1 6-0.
As tasty as those bagels were by Li Na and Caroline Wozniacki, neither was as dominant as 8th seed Petra Kvitova laying a 2nd and 3rd set double bagel on 12th seed Ana Ivanovic, 3-6 6-0 6-0. Yesterday, I wrote about how beautiful Ana’s game is when she’s firing on all cylinders. Well, Petra is even better. After dropping the first set, Kvitova put on the kind of ball striking display that has long had tennis aficionados wondering how great she could be if she only brought that game every match. In the past, I have lamented error prone efforts from Ivanovic. Not this time. Oh, there were errors in the last two sets, but that’s because Petra was playing at such an elevated level that it forced Ana into going for more on shots. I can’t blame Ivanovic for going for it on second serves or trying to paint lines. It was her only hope against a Petra Kvitova who for this day at least was playing at her highest potential. Will she repeat that level of play in her quarterfinal against Maria Sharapova? I certainly hope so. Petra playing to her potential is something the tennis world would love to see on a more consistent basis.
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1 SERENA WILLIAMS (won 6-3 6-1 vs Coco Vandeweghe)
2 LI NA (won 6-0 6-1 vs 15 Carla Suarez Navarro)
3 AGNIESZKA RADWANSKA (won 7-6 (5) 5-7 6-2 vs Elina Svitolina)
4 MARIA SHARAPOVA (won 3-6 6-4 6-1 vs 19 Kirsten Flipkens)
5 ANGELIQUE KERBER (won 6-4 1-6 6-3 vs 23 Ekaterina Makarova)
8 PETRA KVITOVA (won 3-6 6-0 6-0 vs 12 Ana Ivanovic)
10 DOMINIKA CIBULKOVA (won 6-1 5-7 6-3 vs 29 Venus Williams)