Thursday, January 21, 2010

Aussie Open Day 4: Rog Impresses the Prince, Serena, Davydenko, Wozniacki Roll

In the top quarter of the men's draw, Fernando Verdasco surrendered just 5 games in a blowout victory to move onto the 3rd round of the Australian Open. Aussie Lleyton Hewitt beat Donald Young and the 6th seed, Nikolay Davydenko, continued his domniant run, beating Ilia Marchenko 6-3, 6-3, 6-0. Unseeded Marcos Baghdatis mounted an incredible comeback after trailing 2 sets to love to stun 17th seeded David Ferrer 6-1 in the 5th set. The top seed, Roger Federer hit 52 winners to just 17 errors in his route of Victor Hanescu. Prince William, a fan of the Swiss', attended the match and met with both world number 1's, Federer and Serena Williams afterwards. When awkwardly asked to welcome the Prince in his post-match on-court interview, the 15 time GS champ said, “Ummmmm. Your Royal Highness, welcome to the World of Tennis. Thanks for coming.”

Serena scored another 6-2, 6-1 win, this time over Petra Kvitova, to keep her hopes of a repeat down under intact. Victoria Azarenka and Vera Zvonareva both trounced their opponents, Stephanie Voegele and Iveta Benesova, respectively, while Ana Ivanovic's disappointments continued, as the Serb fell in 3 sets to Gisela Dulko and recorded her 7th straight pre-quarterfinal Grand Slam loss, serving up 11 double-faults in the process. Samantha Stosur, the 13th seed, rode the momentum from her home crowd and reached the 3rd round along with Carla Suarez Navarro, who will take on Williams.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the runner-up down under 2 years ago, avoided any hiccups in his solid defeat of Taylor Dent, while the 2nd quarter's highest seed, Novak Djokovic, looked shaky, losing the 1st set to Marco Chiudinelli in a 4 set win. Mikhail Youzhny picked up right where he left off after his comeback opening round win by giving up just 4 games to Jan Hajek. Other winners included Tommy Haas and Nicholas Almagro, both through in 5 setters.

One of the tour's resident mothers, Sybille Bammer, tested Venus Williams in their 2nd round match, but the American prevailed 6-2, 7-5. Caroline Wozniacki easily handled Julia Goerges in straights to advance where she will play Shahar Peer, also an easy winner. Daniela Hantuchova, Agnieszka Radwanska and Francesca Schiavione recorded statement-making wins to join the big names in the round of 32, while Li Na triumphed in contrasting style, pulling out her match with Agnes Szavay 6-2 in the deciding set.

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