Mauresmo Joins Winning Seeds in Miami
Published March 27, 2009 12:00
MIAMI, FL, USA - With only a couple of exceptions, the seeds came out in full and victorious force at the Sony Ericsson Open on Friday, as the bottom half of the draw played the second round at the $4.5-million tournament in Key Biscayne.
Two of the Top 8 seeds in action cruised, with No.2 seed Dinara Safina beating Mathilde Johansson, 61 63, and No.7 seed Ana Ivanovic crushing qualifier Mariya Koryttseva at night, 60 63. No.4 seed Elena Dementieva bounced back from a scratchy second set to dispatch wildcard Anastasia Pivovarova, 60 36 63, while No.8 seed Svetlana Kuznetsova stayed alive against qualifier Tamira Paszek, 26 75 61.
Winners among the other Top 16 seeds were No.11 seed Victoria Azarenka, who bounced Indian Wells standout Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, 62 62; No.13 seed Caroline Wozniacki, who beat wildcard Jelena Dokic, 63 57 62; and No.15 seed Flavia Pennetta, who edged doubles partner Maria Kirilenko, 64 75. No.12 seed Marion Bartoli was the first big upset of the week, falling to qualifier Anastasiya Yakimova, 64 63; Yakimova's win over the world No.13 was her first Top 20 win.
No.18 seed Patty Schnyder, No.20 seed Amélie Mauresmo, No.22 seed Anna Chakvetadze, No.24 seed Alisa Kleybanova, No.25 seed Agnes Szavay and No.31 seed Carla Suárez Navarro all advanced as well. No.27 seed Sybille Bammer and No.28 seed Alona Bondarenko weren't so lucky, falling easily in straight sets to Samantha Stosur and Nicole Vaidisova, 61 61 and 61 60, respectively.
Mauresmo rebounded from a surprising 6-1 second set loss to beat Slovak up-and-comer Magdalena Rybarikova, 63 16 62, then was asked afterwards about her refreshed outlook towards her Sony Ericsson WTA Tour career.
"I'm at the point where I just want to select the tournaments I'm going to enter and not play too much during the year, and really just try to do well in those tournaments," the Frenchwoman, a former world No.1, told reporters. "For a year or two I wasn't really having fun on the court; I'm finding this much more in 2009, so that's the goal, just to keep going for at least one more year really, to find the happiness of being on the court again. That's where I am right now."
Players in the top half of the draw, which includes both Williams sisters and fellow Top 8 seeds Jelena Jankovic and Vera Zvonareva, play their openers Saturday.