Maria Moves On, Aga Ousted
Published September 02, 2010 12:00
NEW YORK, NY, USA - Things went mostly to form at the US Open on Thursday, with six of the seven Top 16 seeds in action making the third round - the only casualty being the pride of Poland, Agnieszka Radwanska.
Radwanska, the No.9 seed at the final major of the year, started off strongly but couldn't handle the two-fisted blasts of China's Peng Shuai from there, succumbing in three sets, 26 61 64. Peng was the lowest-ranked of three Chinese starting in the Open draw but is the only one through to the third round, with Li Na losing in the first round and Zheng Jie falling in the second round.
The three highest seeds in action all advanced, with No.1 seed Caroline Wozniacki blanking Chang Kai-Chen with the first double bagel win of the week; No.4 seed Jelena Jankovic absorbing the laser-like groundies of qualifier Mirjana Lucic to win, 64 36 62; and No.7 seed Vera Zvonareva holding off a late surge from the big-serving Sabine Lisicki, winning, 61 76(5).
Jankovic was pushed to three sets for her second straight match here and commented on the power game of a resurgent Lucic, who was an up-and-coming phenom in the late 1990s before falling off the radar for several years.
"I'm just glad I was able to get through," said Jankovic, whose only career Grand Slam final came at the Open two years ago. "It was another tough match for me today. I had a tough opponent. She played really well and was hitting those balls really hard. She gave me a really hard time. I just tried to hold my ground."
No.11 seed Svetlana Kuznetsova, No.14 seed Maria Sharapova and No.15 seed Yanina Wickmayer also won. Kuznetsova, the 2004 champion here, beat Anastasija Sevastova in a rematch of last year's second round, 62 63; and Sharapova, who won here in 2006, routed Iveta Benesova, 61 62.
"I had to be consistent today, because I'm playing a lefty," said Sharapova, who is now 10-0 against lefties in Grand Slams since losing to Emilie Loit at the Open in 2003. "It was a little gusty out there. It's just important to hang in there and not go for the lines as much, just try to be a little more consistent."
Radwanska wasn't the only seed to fall - she was joined on the sidelines by No.18 seed Aravane Rezai and No.22 seed María José Martínez Sánchez. Rezai lost to American teenager Beatrice Capra, the latest chapter in Capra's dream first Grand Slam. Read more about that here.