Monday, 28 May 2012

Roland Garros: Day 2 round-up

It might as well be Independence Day on Day 2 as all American ladies went through their first rounds! Who said American tennis is in doldrums? A few surprises here in Day 2 except Radwaska and Li, who cruised through a potential tricky opponent.

Singles - First Round
(1) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d. Alberta Brianti (ITA) 67(6) 64 62
(3) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. Bojana Jovanovski (SRB) 61 60
(7) Li Na (CHN) d. Sorana Cirstea (ROU) 62 61
(8) Marion Bartoli (FRA) d. (Q) Karolina Pliskova (CZE) 63 63
Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) d. (12) Sabine Lisicki (GER) 64 63
(15) Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) d. (WC) Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) 62 61
Sofia Arvidsson (SWE) d. (17) Roberta Vinci (ITA) 62 46 63
(18) Flavia Pennetta (ITA) d. Hsieh Su-Wei (TPE) 67(3) 64 62
(19) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) d. Patricia Mayr-Achleitner (AUT) 16 61 75
(24) Petra Cetkovska (CZE) d. Simona Halep (ROU) 61 63
(27) Nadia Petrova (RUS) d. Iveta Benesova (CZE) 63 63
(29) Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) d. (LL) Laura Robson (GBR) 62 61
(Q) Lauren Davis (USA) d. (30) Mona Barthel (GER) 61 61
(31) Zheng Jie (CHN) d. Alizé Cornet (FRA) 64 64
Nina Bratchikova (RUS) d. (32) Monica Niculescu (ROU) 06 63 63
Christina McHale (USA) d. (Q) Kiki Bertens (NED) 26 64 64
Chanelle Scheepers (RSA) d. Laura Pous-Tio (ESP) 64 26 61
Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP) d. Tamarine Tanasugarn (THA) 60 63
Petra Martic (CRO) d. Michaella Krajicek (NED) 62 75
Vania King (USA) d. Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ) 64 62
Varvara Lepchenko (USA) d. Ksenia Pervak (KAZ) 62 67(6) 64
Sloane Stephens (USA) d. Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) 64 76(6)
Olga Govortsova (BLR) d. Romina Oprandi (SUI) 64 61
Stéphanie Foretz Gacon (FRA) d. Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) 63 75
(Q) Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) d. Mandy Minella (LUX) 63 64
(Q) Chan Yung-Jan (TPE) d. Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR) 61 76(8)
(LL) Sesil Karatantcheva (KAZ) d. Timea Babos (HUN) 61 60
(WC) Claire Feuerstein (FRA) d. Vera Dushevina (RUS) 64 61


(1) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d. Alberta Brianti (ITA) 67(6) 64 62

Down a set and 0-4, Azarenka manages to get out of jail in this error-strewn match. Victoria committed a total of 60 errors including 6 double faults. She faced a break point for 0-5 where she serve her only ace, on a second serve! That's where the turning point of the match began. Victoris has to thank Brianti for that as the veteran just stunk up the court after that point. Sloppy match from both players but got to give Vika credit for not giving up. However, chances of Vika winning the tournament are not optimistic if she continues her form.

Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) d. (12) Sabine Lisicki (GER) 64 63

Oh dear lord Sabine. She continues to struggle as an inspired Bethanie Mattek-Sands takes her out. Beth played a great match and nullified Sabine's serve as she struggled to hold. Good for the American as she continues her climb back up. As for Sabine, she has got to sort her head out as she's going to have to defend major points in Wimbledon. Sabine was seen crying after this loss, which really shows how fragile her mind is currently.

(Q) Lauren Davis (USA) d. (30) Mona Barthel (GER) 61 61

Bad day for the Germans as another prospect falls. Mona Barthel falters badly to unknown, Lauren Davis. An appalling stat of this match is that Mona committed 44 unforced errors, including 12 double faults. It basically equates to 11 games of the match. Mona had this cannot be bothered attitude which makes you wonder if she has something on going in her private life. As for Davis, she's lucky to have drawn this version of Barthel. In fact I think I could have won against Mona myself given her self-destructive ways. Really disappointing exit.

(LL) Sesil Karatantcheva (KAZ) d. Timea Babos (HUN) 61 60

Talk about being lucky! I predicted Vera Zvonareva will retire but she did the right thing by withdrawing. Which leaves Timea kind of bummed as she was expected to face a walking bye. Lucky loser Sesil made full use of this chance to thrash a bewildered Timea Babos with the loss of 1 game. Timea hasn't been the same since winning her first title in Monterrey. She struggled to string wins together, capped by a pathetic loss in her home tournament in Budapest. A case of too much too soon.

(19) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) d. Patricia Mayr-Achleitner (AUT) 16 61 75

Jelena, struggling against the likes of Patricia Mayr means you are in deep shit. I cannot believe this player was ranked number 1 before as she continues her uninspired play on court. Sort out your problems Jelena, stop going through the motions. I fully expect Jelena to retire at the end of the year if she continues her dismal form.

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