Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Women's Day 2 round-up

Seeking a three-peat Down Under, Victoria Azarenka opens her defense with a victory. (Getty Images)
Victoria Azarenka was pushed hard in the first set before her win against Johanna Larsson. In the first set Azarenka had the chance to serve the set out twice but failed to do so on both occasions. On top of that, 23 unforced errors was generated in the first set. Azarenka used her fighting spirit and experience to finally edge her way through the tie break by taking it 7-2. The second set was far more better than her rusty first set with the 2nd seed taking full control by winning it 62 in the 1 hour and 46 minuet match.

Caroline Wozniacki impressed many in her first round 60 62 thrashing of Lourdes Dominguez Lino. The former world number 1 who is yet to win a grand slam, should experience a more tougher next round against Christine McHale who beat Chan Yung-jan 75 64. Going in to this match Wozniacki has a 2-1 losing streak against the American (Wozniaki- New Haven 2011, McHale- Cincinnati 2011 and Eastbourne 2012).

Agnieszka Radwanska hits a return to Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan.Agnieszka Radwanska endured a sluggish first round against Yulia Putintseva. In the first 27 minuets things were going according to plan as the 5th seed stormed to take the first set 60, but then in the second set Radwanska slightly faltered. In a error stricken match for Radwanska, her Russian competitor was able to capitalised on that in the second set to take it 75. It was still however a happy ending for the Radwanska fans as in the third set she stormed to take it and the match 62. The match lasted a lengthy 142 minuets. Not the best day for Radwanska it is safe to say.

Below-par Sharapova through in Melbourne  - Tennis - Australian Open women
Maria Sharapova gave an at times uncomfortable performance in her 63 64 win over Bethanie Mattek-sands. During the match Sharapova struggled with her serve, producing 9 double faults leading to a below par first serve percentage. Credit is however due for Mattek-sands who battled well during the match but came undone on the important points. Sharapova was charging ahead in the second set leading 3-1 on course for a quick victory but Mattek-Sands battled back to level it again 3-3. Unfortunately a double fault by the American at 4-4- gave Sharapova the break and was then able to serve out the next game and take the match. Sharapova's next match is against Karin Knapp.

Three seeded players made a exit on day 2. Svetlana Kuznetsova (19) lost 36 36 to Ukraines Elina Svitkova. Kaia Kanepi (24) lost a competitive match against Garbine Muguruza 62 26 62. Muguruza won her first ever WTA title last week at the WTA Hobart International. Finally Sorana Cirstea (21) lost 46 57 to Marina Erakovic.

Some other winners from today Includes Simona Halep who demolished Katarzyna Piter 60 61, Dominika Cibulkova beat former grand slam winner Francesca Schiavone 63 64 and Magdalena Rybarikova defeated Andrea Petkovic 62 63.

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