Underdogs Step It Up, Wozniacki Does Too

Caroline Wozniacki and Victoria Azarenka followed a slew of unheralded winners into the last 32.

Published September 01, 2011 12:00

Underdogs Step It Up, Wozniacki Does Too
Akgul Amanmuradova

NEW YORK, NY, USA - The two highest seeds in action were both comfortable winners on Thursday and were joined by a smattering of unheralded lower-ranked players as the second round wrapped up at the US Open.

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Caroline Wozniacki and Victoria Azarenka, seeded No.1 and No.4, took to the courts at night and both won through in straight sets, Wozniacki having a quick go of things against Arantxa Rus, 62 60, and Azarenka snapping a three-match losing streak against Gisela Dulko with a 64 63 win over the Argentine.

"I enjoy playing out there on Arthur Ashe night sessions. It's a great feeling," Wozniacki said. "I won New Haven and now I won two matches here. I feel like I'm on a roll and I'm playing well again. It's nice to get through fast."

Wozniacki next faces Vania King, who beat No.29 seed Jarmila Gajdosova earlier in the day. "She's definitely getting a lot of balls back. It's important to stay aggressive, but not too aggressive - you know, I need to dictate, but have control over the points. She's not easy to beat. I look forward to it."

Wozniacki leads King in their career head-to-head series, 2-0.

Azarenka's win over South American No.1 Dulko set up an exciting third round clash with 13-time Grand Slam champion and former No.1 Serena Williams, seeded No.28 here but one of - if not the - favorite for the title in many's eyes.

"Victoria does everything well. She moves her feet better than anyone on tour, to be honest," Williams commented. "She's always moving, and that's really enabled her to get ranked high, where she is having such a great year.

"I feel I'm going in as the underdog because she has won more tournaments and has been doing a lot all year. I feel like I have nothing to lose in this match."

Williams leads Azarenka in their career head-to-head series, 5-1.

Francesca Schiavone, Andrea Petkovic, Jelena Jankovic, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Ana Ivanovic, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Roberta Vinci all won, with Shahar Peer, Jarmila Gajdosova and Kaia Kanepi all falling.

In addition to King and Sloane Stephens (read more here), four unseeded players advanced through - South Africa's Chanelle Scheepers, Uzbekistan's Akgul Amanmuradova and Spaniards Carla Suárez Navarro and Sílvia Soler-Espinosa. Soler-Espinosa is the only one playing this deep into a major for the first time - Amanmuradova went this far at the French Open last year, Scheepers made it to the fourth round of the French Open last year, and Suárez Navarro is a two-time quarterfinalist - at the 2008 French Open (losing to Jankovic) and 2009 Australian Open (losing to Elena Dementieva).

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