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Thursday Women's Summary
Singles - Second Round (2) Maria Sharapova def. Shahar Peer 4-6 6-3 6-3
Tougher than it should have been -- is Maria Sharapova getting tired? At least she increases her thin margin over Petra Kvitova -- and, as things now stand, she can make it all the way to the quarterfinal without facing a seed! She also leaves Shahar Peer still below #50.
Singles - Second Round (4) Caroline Wozniacki def. Barbora Zahlavova Strycova 6-4 6-0
Caroline Wozniacki needs only one more win to defend her points, so this might be the week she finally stops her slide. She leaves Barbora Zahlavova Strycova just above #60.
Singles - Second Round (6) Samantha Stosur def. (Q) Valeria Savinykh 6-4 6-0
Valeria Savinykh will rise to right around #100, but she needed to win this to clinch a Top Hundred spot. Samantha Stosur with this win moves ahead of Agnieszka Radwanska (who hasn't played yet) in the contest for #4, but that won't be settled until one of them loses.
Singles - Second Round (8) Li Na def. (Q) Melinda Czink 7-5 6-2
Because she has nothing to defend and Marion Bartoli has fourth round points, Li Na came here ahead of Bartoli in safe points. This widens the gap, although Li is far from clinching the #7 ranking.
Singles - Second Round (10) Serena Williams def. (WC) Zhang Shuai 6-2 6-3
Serena Williams will likely hit the Top Ten this week no matter how she plays, but the better she does, the more certain it becomes -- and this, obviously, was a very strong start.
Singles - Second Round (12) Sabine Lisicki def. Sofia Arvidsson 6-3 6-2
There will be no Top Fifty ranking for Sofia Arvidsson after this.
Singles - Second Round Mona Barthel def. (13) Jelena Jankovic 6-0 6-3
This was a crummy draw for Jelena Jankovic -- Mona Barthel was the #2 unseeded player after Christina McHale -- but that's a pretty miserable scoreline. And she was defending quarterfinalist points. Jankovic -- who lost her opener at Indian Wells also -- will fall from #15 to no better than #17, and continues to have a lot of horrid events. She looks more likely to fall lower than to climb in coming months. Unless clay revives her, anyway; it was her best surface early in her career.
Singles - Second Round Kim Clijsters def. (14) Julia Goerges 6-2 7-5
Julia Goerges wasn't defending anything, so it is still possible that she could move up a little -- but not much. Kim Clijsters probably needs one more win to stay Top Forty.
Singles - Second Round (17) Peng Shuai def. (Q) Stephanie Foretz Gacon 6-1 6-2
A big improvement over last week, when Peng Shuai lost her opener. But she still needs one more win to defend her points.
Singles - Second Round Ekaterina Makarova def. (19) Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-1 6-2
Things really are going from bad to worse for Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, who made the fourth round last year; at this rate, she may not be Top 25 much longer. Ekaterina Makarova, though, is closing in on the Top Forty.
Singles - Second Round (21) Roberta Vinci def. Tsvetana Pironkova 7-5 6-1
Tsvetana Pironkova. A second round match. Pfui. Pironkova will likely end up around #40.
Singles - Second Round (23) Yanina Wickmayer def. Marina Erakovic 6-3 6-4
This sets up an interesting contest: Wickmayer versus Clijsters -- and the result could decide who is Belgium's #1 (Wickmayer is currently higher-ranked, and will lead Clijsters in safe points even if Clijsters wins their third round meeting, but Clijsters of course would then have the chance to go higher). Marina Erakovic will be around #45.
Singles - Second Round Chanelle Scheepers def. (25) Anabel Medina Garrigues 1-6 6-4 6-0
Is Chanelle Scheepers a hidden carrier of some disease, like Typhoid Mary? This is the second straight match in which she lost the first set but won the third with a bagel. Of course, if she could do that to Irina-Camelia Begu, it's little surprise that she could do it to Anabel Medina Garrigues, at least on a hardcourt. The odds are now pretty good that Scheepers will hit the Top Forty, but Medina Garrigues, who was defending fourth round points, will probably slip a little to around #28.
Singles - Second Round Iveta Benesova def. (26) Svetlana Kuznetsova 1-6 7-6(9-7) 7-6(9-7)
This took more than two hours and forty-five minutes -- but that may have been the problem for Svetlana Kuznetsova; Iveta Benesova thrives when she plays a lot. Benesova defends her points; Kuznetsova fails to defend third round points and appears bound out of the Top 25.
Singles - Second Round (29) Petra Cetkovska def. Christina McHale 0-6 7-5 6-1
Something must have happened here, but we have no report of what. Christina McHale was two games from the match, up two breaks in the second set -- and then she wasn't there any more. That means no Top Thirty ranking; the best she can hope for is to keep the #32 ranking she came in with. For Petra Cetkovska, that effectively clinches her Top Thirty spot.
Singles - Second Round (Q) Sloane Stephens def. (30) Sara Errani 4-6 6-3 6-3
This completed the depopulation of the bottom eighth of the draw. Maria Sharapova is the only seed still standing in that section -- and even she struggled. This means that Sara Errani will lose the Top Thirty ranking she so briefly gained.
Doubles - First Round: Birnerova/Jans-Ignacik def. (4) Hlavackova/Hradecka 6-4 7-5
That's quite an upset based on recent results! There isn't much chance that that will cost Hlavackova and Hradecka their Top Ten spots, but it costs them the chance to clinch. And it means that eight of the Top Ten are now sure: Huber, Raymond, Peschke, Srebotnik, Shvedova, King, Mirza, and Vesnina. Interesting that Peschke and Srebotnik are back together, but Shvedova and King are playing with different partners.
Doubles - First Round: (8) Hantuchova/A Radwanska def. Begu/Bratchikova 6-3 6-7(5-7) 10-3 (Match TB)
Hantuchova/Radwanska were last year's shock winners, so they probably would have liked a better start than this....
Doubles - First Round: Klepac/Rosolska def. Kudryavtseva/Panova 6-3 6-4