Schiavone Cruises, No Problems For Serena
Published September 01, 2011 12:00
NEW YORK, NY, USA - Two comeback stories made their way into the second round of the US Open and onto the two main show courts on Thursday, but both were too inconsistent as they took on two of the sport's current stars.
Mirjana Lucic, a teenage phenom in the 1990s who took the tennis world by storm in 1999 with a run to the Wimbledon semifinals, has worked her way back into the Top 100 over the last year, but she made 32 unforced errors to 10 winners and lost to No.7 seed Francesca Schiavone on Ashe Stadium, 61 61.
Schiavone's flashy style had the crowd firmly behind her. She was asked about how the atmosphere of the Open compares to that of the first Grand Slam she won, Roland Garros. "Compared to Roland Garros it's a totally different surface, totally different count of people and totally different atmosphere. The stadium is really huge and it wasn't easy playing at 11am because it wasn't too full, but in the end it was better because the crowd could enjoy my tennis."
Jelena Dokic, who won her first WTA title in almost nine years this year and got back into the Top 50, took Armstrong Stadium at the same time and put up more resistance, but was undone in the end by a few too many unforced errors as well. She was sent packing by the No.11 seed, Jelena Jankovic, 63 64.
"I think her serve was very inconsistent. She would give me a lot of free points on that stroke," Jankovic said. "I felt comfortable playing my shots on the ground. When I was able to dictate, when I kind of lifted my level of play up, I could get on a roll and kind of control the whole game. I felt a little stiff in my back, but I just tried to think about my game and focus on each point."
Ana Ivanovic, the No.16 seed, advanced to the third round without playing when Petra Cetkovska withdrew with a left thigh injury. Cetkovska has been having an exceptional last few months, even beating Ivanovic at Wimbledon.
"It's never nice to win this way," Ivanovic said. "I really hope she recovers fast. She had a great week last week. She had some tape on already the last few matches. I would be lying if I said I wasn't happy to be through, though."
After Schiavone and Roger Federer scored wins on Ashe, the active women's Grand Slam leader - Serena Williams, seeded No.28 - crushed Dutch qualifier Michaella Krajicek in just 49 minutes, 60 61. Williams is now 14-0 since Wimbledon, and with Krajicek ranked No.183, she is now 20-1 lifetime against non-Top 150 players (an unranked Kim Clijsters beat her here in 2009).
"Honestly I just hope to keep my errors down and keep making my shots, and hopefully I'll be able to win five more matches," Williams said. "I feel like once I get to a point where I can't do any better, that's when it's a problem. I never want to be satisfied and think I can't improve. So hopefully here I can get better."
Krajicek was playing her first Grand Slam since Wimbledon in 2008. "I told her after the match, welcome back," Williams said. "I know she's had a really tough time, and not to be discouraged. I didn't tell her that, but I hope she doesn't get discouraged, because she has played well. Her whole life is ahead of her."
The win came a day after sister Venus Williams had to pull out with Sjögren's sydrome. "I know she's a fighter and she's really strong. I think she's happy now she knows what it is, after all this time," the 13-time Grand Slam champion said. "If anything I think it's going to help her now to treat it and go forward."