photo credit:Alfredo Villa fotografo
The 2010 Mutua Madrilena Madrid Open women’s 2nd round main draw singles matches are almost complete. Only two 2nd round matches have yet to be played. The big news was that the 2009 Madrid runner-up Caroline Wozniacki was beaten by 2009 quarter finalist, Alona Bondarenko 6-3 6-2.
In a day where 5 seeds were knocked out a number of young players are beginning to make their mark, including Alexandra Dulgheru who beat No.6 seed Elena Dementieva. Besides Wozniacki and Dementieva, the other seeds to fall yesterday were No.9 Agnieszka Radwanska, No.12 Marion Bartoli and No.14 Flavia Pennetta.
In a great match not to be missed 2 former World No.1 ‘s, Ana Ivanovic and Jelena Jankovic will play the 1st match on Court Manolo Santana at 12 noon local time in Madrid.
The other 2nd round match that will be played today presents 2 wild cards with a great opportunity for one of them to move into the round of 16 of a Premier Mandatory tournament. Peng Shuai of China and Spaniard Aranxta Parra Santonja will battle it out to see who can make the most of this rare opportunity.
The round of 16 will be played over 2 days with 3 of the 8 matches being played today and the other 5 matches scheduled for tomorrow. Today both Williams sisters are in action. No.4 seed Venus Williams plays No.15 seed Francesca Schiavone and that match is followed by No.1 seed Serena Williams against No.16 seed Nadia Petrova both on Stadium 3.
Lucie Safarova and Alexandra Dulgheru will play the last match of the day on Court Manolo Santana, with the winner to play Serena or Petrova next.
Pictured above is the Italian No.2 Francesca Schiavone just as she is releasing the ball during her service motion. The 1.66m 29 year old lost her last match against Venus in her best performance at the Australian Open by making the round of 16. The current World No.17 took Venus to a 3rd and final set in that match.
Last year in Madrid Schiavone defeated Serena Williams and went on to make the round of 16. This year she will looking to beat her sister in order to make her 1st quarter final in a Premier Mandatory tournament.
Schiavone has made the quarter finals of the French Open, US Open and Wimbledon (in 2009), in her career. Although she turns 30 years old next month she is in the best shape of her career, combined with the fact that she is on her favourite surface, this will be her best chance to upset Venus.
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 1st round results from yesterday were:
- (16) Petrova d. Pavlyuchenkova 6-2 7-5
- Safarova d. Govortsova 4-6, 6-2, 7-5
- Dulgheru d. (6) Dementieva 6-1, 3-6, 7-5
- Rezai d. (Q) Zakopalova 6-3 7-5
- Petkovic d. (14) Pennetta 7-6 (7-3), 6-3
- Medina Garrigues d. (12) Bartoli 6-2 6-0
- (8) Stosur d. Martinez Sanchez 7-6 (7-2), 6-4
- Schnyder d. (9) A.Radwanska 3-6, 6-4, 6-4
- Peer d. Kleybanova 7-6 (7-4), 6-0
- (13) Li d. Cibulkova 6-2, 3-6, 7-5
- A.Bondarenko d. (2) Wozniacki 6-2 6-3
The women’s round of 16 singles draw is:
- (1) Serena Williams v. (16) Nadia Petrova
- (11) Sharapova Lucie Safarova v. Alexandra Dulgheru (6) Dementieva
- (3) Safina Aravane Rezai v. Andrea Petkovic (14) Pennetta
- (12) Bartoli Anabel Medina Garrigues v. (WC) Ana Ivanovic OR (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 v. (4) Venus Williams
- (5) Kuznetsova Shahar Peer v. (WC) Parra Santonja OR (WC) Peng Shuai (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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