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Wednesday Women's Summary
Singles - Second Round: (Q) Lucie Hradecka def. (3) Petra Kvitova 6-4 6-3
Clearly one or another of Petra Kvitova's problems is back. She doesn't lose any points, since Madrid 2011 is already off, but neither does she gain enough to matter; she will remain #4. And, if she has another bad week next week, it's just possible that Samantha Stosur could pass her to earn the #4 Roland Garros seed.
Singles - Second Round: (4) Agnieszka Radwanska def. Sara Errani 6-0 6-1
Sara Errani's winning streak comes to an end with her ranked probably #24. Which means that she will have to clinch her Top 24 Roland Garros seed in Rome. Still, those should be friendly conditions....
Singles - Second Round: Ekaterina Makarova def. (16) Maria Kirilenko 6-4 6-4
Maria Kirilenko survived a round in singles and in doubles, but she is hurting. That came out here, against an opponent who is at her best in defensive situations. Kirilenko will probably gain two or three ranking spots even so, but she loses her chance to reach the Top Fifteen. Ekaterina Makarova is now firmly in the Top Forty, although she needs about 300 more points to have a shot at a Roland Garros seed. One thing that might help is that she faces Lucie Hradecka next.
Singles - Second Round: Roberta Vinci def. Yanina Wickmayer 6-1 6-2
Yanina Wickmayer was defending points, meaning that she will fall to #34 or #35. So the pressure will be on her at Rome if she wants to be seeded in Paris. Roberta Vinci will certainly be seeded; the question is, can she earn a Top 16 seed? She is currently #19 in safe points, about 150 points behind the pace for the #16 spot.
Singles - Third Round: (1) Victoria Azarenka def. (13) Ana Ivanovic 6-4 6-4
We'll assume you aren't much surprised by this and simply say that Ana Ivanovic won't rise above #15, although the chances of her falling below that are also effectively nil.
Singles - Third Round: (5) Samantha Stosur def. Petra Cetkovska 6-3 6-2
Petra Cetkovska will end up around #28. Her Roland Garros seed looks certain, although she'll have to do something fairly big at Rome to earn one of the Top 24 seeds. Samantha Stosur hasn't yet clinched the #5 ranking, but her chances look a lot better than after her first round struggle!
Singles - Third Round: (8) Li Na def. (12) Angelique Kerber 7-5 6-4
Angelique Kerber didn't have any real chance to hit the Top Ten this week, and now it's no chance at all -- but she will probably be #11, and will certainly be the #1 German player.
Doubles - Second Round: (2) Peschke/Srebotnik def. Goerges/Stosur 6-2 3-6 10-7 (Match TB)
Doubles - Second Round: (5) Errani/Vinci def. (WC) Pavlyuchenkova/Safarova 6-1 6-3
At the rate they're going, Errani/Vinci may make the Top Ten pretty soon.
Doubles - Second Round: (7) Shvedova/Voskoboeva def. Medina Garrigues/Parra Santonja 6-3 6-2
Doubles - Second Round: Llagostera Vives/Martinez Sanchez def. Hsieh/Zheng 6-4 6-4
You'd think Llagostera Vives/Martinez Sanchez had never split up....