The final two 2nd round matches of the 2010 Mutua Madrilena Madrid Open women’s main draw singles matches were played yesterday plus 3 of the 8 round of 16 matches. The big news was that World No.1 Serena Williams was defeated by No.16 seed Nadia Petrova leaving only 3 of the top 12 seeds in the draw.
The 27 year old Petrova pictured above preparing to play her double handed backhand drive, defeated Serena for the 2nd time in a row, both times in 3 sets. The previous time was at the 2009 Beijing Premier Mandatory event where she won in the final set tie break. The 1.78m Russian won 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 in 2 hours and 11 minutes yesterday to continue her strong clay court form this year.
The former World No.3 has twice been s semi finalist at the French Open and goes into her quarter final match holding a 3-0 record over her next opponent, Lucie Safarova. Petrova has twice made the semi finals of a Premier Mandatory event, Miami in 2004 and Beijing in 2009, so will be looking to build on her victory over Serena and fight for the chance to play for her 1st singles title at this level.
The 1st two sets of the battle of the two Serbians and former World No.1 ‘s lived up to expectations. In the 3rd set however, Jelena Jankovic ran away from Ana Ivanovic to continue her great year. Jankovic can overtake Caroline Wozniacki when the new rankings are released on Monday if she continues to perform this well. Jankovic is the current World No.4 and is the only seed remaining in the top half of the draw besides Petrova.
The final 5 matches of the round of 16 will be played tonight with 2 matches scheduled on Court Manolo Santana, Stosur and Schnyder at 12 noon local time in Madrid and at 8pm Medina Garrigues versus Jankovic. On Court Aranxta Sanchez Vicario at 2pm a Spaniard of the same name – Aranxta Parra Santonja who is a wild card entrant takes on Shahar Peer of Israel.
On Stadium 3 No.13 seed Li Na of China takes on Alona Bondarenko who defeated last year’s runner-up in Madrid, Caroline Wozniacki at 12 noon. At 5:30pm French woman Aravane Rezai, who defeated Justine Henin earlier this week, plays German Andrea Petkovic for the 3rd time this year. Petkovic won both of their previous matches.
For further details about the when each round of the women’s singles event is scheduled to be played, including when the semi finals and finals, you can visit -> Madrid Women’s Schedule of Play.
The results from yesterday were:
- 2nd round matches:
- (7) Jankovic d. (WC) Ivanovic 4-6, 6-4, 6-1
- (WC) Parra Santonja d. (WC) Peng 1-6, 7-6 (7-1), 6-3
- Round of 16 matches:
- (16) Petrova d. (1) S.Williams 4-6, 6-2, 6-3
- Safarova d. Dulgheru 6-7 (4-7), 6-1, 7-6 (8-6)
- (4) V.Williams d. (15) Schaivone 3-6, 6-1, 6-2
The women’s round of 16 singles draw is:
- (1) Serena Williams lost to (16) Nadia Petrova
- (11) Sharapova Lucie Safarova d. Alexandra Dulgheru (6) Dementieva
- (3) Safina Aravane Rezai v. Andrea Petkovic (14) Pennetta
- (12) Bartoli Anabel Medina Garrigues v. (7) Jelena Jankovic
Which are the round of 16 match ups for the top half of the draw. In the bottom half of the draw, the players to meet are:
- (8) Sam Stosur v. Patty Schnyder (9) Radwanska
- (15) Francesca Schiavone lost to (4) Venus Williams
- (5) Kuznetsova Shahar Peer v. (WC) Aranxta Parra Santonja (10) Azarenka
- (13) Li Na v. Alona Bondarenko (2) Wozniacki
The players name that is bolded is OCA’s prediction of who will win each match. The players names who have a line drawn through them, are the seeded players who were expected to reach the round of 16, but have been eliminated from that spot in the draw.
Stay tuned to this tennis website for further information about Madrid for both the men’s and women’s events. Click this link for more details -> Madrid 2010: May 7 – 16.
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