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Singles - Second Round: (1) Victoria Azarenka def. (Q) Dinah Pfizenmaier 6-1 6-1
A pretty quick end, but still, a nice Slam debut for Dinah Pfizenmaier.
Singles - Second Round: (3) Agnieszka Radwanska def. Venus Williams 6-2 6-3
This was very pretty, in its way -- a classic case of a player with good hands taking advantage of the clay to dominate a player who doesn't like the stuff. Still, it appears Venus will hit the Top Fifty -- meaning she should be able to get into the Olympics.
Singles - Second Round: (6) Samantha Stosur def. Irina Falconi 6-1 6-4
With Serena Williams out, Samantha Stosur needs two more wins to return to the Top Five.
Singles - Second Round: Petra Martic def. (8) Marion Bartoli 6-2 3-6 6-3
Which is more shocking, that Marion Bartoli is out in the second round or that it may not matter?
Bartoli was defending semifinalist points, and yet, even with the loss, she remains #8 in safe points, and about 400 points ahead of the next active player (Angelique Kerber). So her odds of staying #8 are pretty good. But what an opportunity lost!
Singles - Second Round: (13) Ana Ivanovic def. Shahar Peer 6-2 6-2
Another step toward a Top Ten return for Ana Ivanovic. One more win might do it -- if Li Na loses soon.
Singles - Second Round: (15) Dominika Cibulkova def. Vania King 6-0 6-2
Dominika Cibulkova wasn't defending anything, so her Top Fifteen spot now looks certain. But Vania King will remain below the Top Fifty.
Singles - Second Round: (18) Flavia Pennetta def. (Q) Alexa Glatch 6-3 6-1
Flavia Pennetta is now Top Fifteen in safe points; Andrea Petkovic, who was unable to play this week, is out.
Singles - Second Round: Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez def. (20) Lucie Safarova 6-4 7-5
This is one of the best results for Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez this year. She will probably rise to around #45.
Singles - Second Round: (21) Sara Errani def. (WC) Melanie Oudin 6-2 6-3
One more win might well put Sara Errani in the Top Twenty. With Francesca Schiavone defending a huge pile of points and Roberta Vinci already out, that would probably make her Italy's top player.
Singles - Second Round: Mathilde Johansson def. (24) Petra Cetkovska 7-6(7-1) 6-2
This probably means no Top 25 spot for Petra Cetkovska.
Singles - Second Round: (26) Svetlana Kuznetsova def. Chan Yung-Jan 6-4 7-6(7-4)
Svetlana Kuznetsova still needs two more wins to defend her points. For the moment, she is still below #30.
Singles - Second Round: (27) Nadia Petrova def. Chanelle Scheepers 6-3 6-3
Nadia Petrova may well return to the Top 25, but Chanelle Scheepers will not be making the Top Forty.
Singles - Second Round: (29) Anabel Medina Garrigues def. (WC) Irena Pavlovic 6-3 6-2
This will likely put Anabel Medina Garrigues in the Top Thirty.
Singles - Second Round: Aleksandra Wozniak def. (31) Zheng Jie 6-2 6-4
Zheng Jie, however, loses the chance to clinch her Top Thirty spot. Aleksandra Wozniak is perhaps one win away from the Top Fifty.
Singles - Second Round: Sloane Stephens def. Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6-1 6-1
Sloane Stephens is now just below #60 -- but Bethanie Mattek-Sands loses another 130 points and falls far below #200.
Doubles - First Round: Kanepi/Zhang def. (1) Huber/Raymond 6-3 7-5
OK, we know, Huber/Raymond hate clay -- but this is ridiculous.... They will stay #1 by a large margin; indeed, with #3 Peschke and #4 Srebotnik having the Wimbledon title to defend, they appear effectively certain to remain on top even after Wimbledon. But it's a bit disturbing for later in the year.
Doubles - First Round: (2) Peschke/Srebotnik def. Barrois/Jurak 6-2 7-5
Good to see some signs of life from Peschke/Srebotnik, given the previous shocking result. It still feels as if Errani/Vinci are the favorites for the title, though. Assuming they don't get too nervous, anyway.
Doubles - First Round: (3) King/Shvedova def. Paszek/Woehr 6-4 6-3
For one day, at least, the slow courts didn't bother King/Shvedova. If they can keep that up, they have a shot at the Top Five this week. Here is how we currently show the Top Ten:
1..(1) HUBER ............. 9590
1..(1) RAYMOND ........... 9590
3..(3) PESCHKE ........... 6965*
4..(4) SREBOTNIK ......... 6965*
5..(8) ERRANI .............6220*
6..(9) VINCI ............. 6220*
7..(5) SHVEDOVA ...........5855*
8..(6) KING ...............5775*
9..(7) VESNINA ........... 5110*
10.(12) KIRILENKO ......... 4990*
Doubles - First Round: (5) Hlavackova/Hradecka def. (WC) Coin/Parmentier 6-0 6-1
An efficient start, but the defending champions will need more than this to stay Top Fifteen.
Doubles - First Round: (7) Kirilenko/Petrova def. Dominguez Lino/Oprandi 6-2 6-1
Doubles - First Round: (9) Grandin/Uhlirova def. Arvidsson/Larsson 6-3 7-6(7-4)
Doubles - First Round: (14) Gajdosova/Rodionova def. Begu/Peer 6-2 6-1
Doubles - First Round: (16) Erakovic/Niculescu def. (WC) Beltrame/Thorpe 7-5 6-4
Doubles - First Round: Peng/Zheng def. Barthel/Lepchenko 6-4 6-1
Doubles - First Round: Voracova/Zakopalova def. Date-Krumm/Fujiwara 6-4 2-6 6-3
Doubles - First Round: Amanmuradova/Bondarenko def. Suarez Navarro/Yakimova 7-6(7-2) 5-7 6-3
Doubles - First Round: Babos/Hsieh def. (WC) Cornet/Razzano 6-3 6-1
Doubles - First Round: Halep/Wozniak def. Cadantu/Keothavong 6-2 6-3
Doubles - First Round: Daniilidou/Minella def. (WC) Garcia/Johansson 0-6 6-4 6-1
Doubles - First Round: Cibulkova/Zheng def. (WC) Feuerstein/Larriere 6-3 4-6 6-2
Doubles - First Round: Foretz Gacon/Mladenovic def. (WC) Pavlovic/Rezai 1-6 6-1 6-2
Mixed Doubles - First Round: Grandin/Hanley def. (4) Raymond/Bopanna 7-6(8-6) 4-6 10-6 (Match TB)
If you look at today's Mixed Doubles feature, you'll note that we were a little dubious about this year's Mixed seedings. But they got at least one thing right: They would have demoted Raymond/Bopanna (to unseeded).
Mixed Doubles - First Round: (5) Vesnina/Paes def. Hradecka/Cermak 6-1 6-1
Vesnina/Paes, on the other hand, would have been promoted. And, based on this, they look like they deserve it. Note that we lost both of last year's women's doubles champions in Wednesday's action.
Mixed Doubles - First Round: (7) Mirza/Bhupathi def. Kops-Jones/Butorac 6-2 6-4
Mixed Doubles - First Round: Voskoboeva/Bracciali def. (8) Hlavackova/Qureshi 6-4 6-1
Mixed doubles rankings would have left Hlavackova/Qureshi unseeded. So, on Wednesday at least, they were two for two. But Serena Williams and Mike Bryan haven't played yet....