Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Australian Open Day 2: Errani, the free fall begins

Day 2 results:

Carla Suarez Navarro def. Sara Errani 6-4 6-4
Caroline Wozniacki def. Sabine Lisicki 2-6 6-3 6-3
Hsieh Su-Wei def. Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino 7-6(5) 6-2
Victoria Azarenka def. Monica Niculescu 6-1 6-4
Yanina Wickmayer def. Jarmila Gajdosova 6-1 7-5
Serena Williams def. Edina Gallovits-Hall 6-0 6-0
Petra Kvitova def. Francesca Schiavone 6-4 2-6 6-2
Sloane Stephens def. Simona Halep 6-1 6-1
Maria Kirilenko def. Vania King 6-4 6-2
Jamie Hampton def. Urszula Radwanska 6-2 6-4
Svetlana Kuznetsova def. Lourdes Dominguez-Lino 6-2 6-1
Laura Robson def. Melanie Oudin 6-2 6-3
Annika Beck def. Yaroslava Shvedova 6-2 6-7(7) 6-3
Jana Cepelova def. Greta Arn 6-2 6-2
Kimiko Date-Krumm def, Nadia Petrova 6-2 6-0
Ayumi Morita def. Anna Tatishvili 6-3 6-3
Yulia Putintseva def. Christina McHale 6-1 6-7(0) 6-2
Lesia Tsurenko def. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 7-5 3-6 7-5
Peng Shuai def. Rebecca Marino 6-3 6-0
Varvara Lepchenko def. Polona Hercog 6-4 6-1
Elena Vesnina def. Caroline Garcia 3-6 6-3 6-1
Bojana Jovanovski def. MariaTeresa Torro-Flor 2-6 6-4 6-3
Daria Gavrilova def. Lauren Davis 6-4 6-7(2) 6-3
Roberta Vinci def. Silvia Soler-Espinosa 6-3 7-5
Garbine Muguruza def. Magdalena Rybarikova 4-6 6-1 14-12
Shahar Peer def. Alexandra Panova 6-4 1-6 6-3
Akgul Ammanmuradova def. Mathilde Johansson 6-4 6-2
Eleni Daniilidou def. Karolina Pliskova 7-5 5-7 6-4
Donna Vekic def. Andrea Hlavackova 6-1 6-2
Lucie Safarova def. Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 7-6(4) 6-4
Kristina Mladenovic def. Timea Babos 6-3 4-6 11-9
Luksika Kumkhum def. Sofia Arvidsson 7-6(5) 6-4

Upset of the day:

Carla Suarez Navarro def. Sara Errani 6-4 6-4

What a fall from disgrace for Sara Errani. She began her 2012 campaign with a quarter-final appearance; but exits unceremoniously in the first round this year. Carla Suarez can be devastating when she's on, but Sara needs to elevate her level to match her top 10 status. I guess this is what happens when you perform far to much better than your expecations, a free fall will commence.

Caroline Wozniacki def. Sabine Lisicki 2-6 6-3 6-3

Dear Sabine, I know you like to take charge of the points... But commiting 57 errors is just plain ridiculous. 57 errors equates to 14 games, precisely the number of games won by Wozniacki. If you call yourself a brainless ball-basher, I am sure nobody will challenge you. Just an atrocious match which Caroline basically just put the ball in court and wait for Lisicki to hit it out. If the German continues her dumb game plan, she will be out of the top 100 in no time.

Kimiko Date-Krumm def, Nadia Petrova 6-2 6-0

Can somebody say DE-MO-LI-TION? Kimiko Date-Krumm defies the years and odds to thrash Nadia Petrova easily in 2 easy sets. Nadia's change of coach definitely affected her as she was unmotivated and utterly crap throughout the match. No game-plan, no fight, nothing. To think that she was within touching distance of the top 10 late last year. It looks like Nadia isn't used to the success and is self-sabotaging herself. If only someone could read Nadia's mind, I would be very interested to know her rationale behind her coach change.

Lesia Tsurenko def. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 7-5 3-6 7-5

Maybe she convinced herself that she really doesn't know how to play tennis after the drubbing in Brisbane. Pavlyuchenkova lost to the player who she defeated just 2 weeks ago in Brisbane, losing serve when it mattered. Anastasia staged a mini-fightback in the 3rd set from 4-0 to 5-5, only to crumble at the end. The Russian just needs to sort out her brain because she has all the strokes. If she thinks clearly, she should have won this easily. Well, another disappointment for Pavlyuchenkova. It seems like she will never ever fully fulfill her potential.

Luksika Kumkhum def. Sofia Arvidsson 7-6(5) 6-4

I expected a tough fight but I certainly didn't expect the Thai youngster to create the upset! Kumkhum makes the most out of her main draw appearance and defeats Arvidsson in 2 tight sets. The Thai youngster opened the match with a break of Sofia's serve, which set the tone for the match. I guess the Swede wasn't expecting someone who hits with such abandonment and couldn't find a way to counter her ultra-aggressive opponent. Luksika now faces Jamie Hampton, another winnable match. Will the Thai create another upset?

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