WTA Diary: Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Published May 29, 2012 02:02
Every week there's a lot happening on the WTA - on the court, off the court, by the numbers, even a few tweets... catch up on it all in this week's WTA Diary.
The Great Escape
The difference between winning and losing is often a matter of inches. However, on some occasions it's even less. And Victoria Azarenka's first round match against Alberta Brianti in Paris was one such occasion.
Trailing 76(6) 40 and down a break point, Azarenka was teetering on the precipice. Then she hit a second serve that looked for all the world to be heading long. It didn't, clipping the very back of the service line for an ace that changed the course of the match; Azarenka reeled off 12 of the next 14 games to wrap up a 67(6) 64 62 win and avoid the ignominy of becoming the first No.1 seed in the history of the French Open to fall in the first round.
While Vika was given more than enough to think about out on court, her mind wasn't too frazzled to contemplate possible travel arrangements should the worst happen.
"Before maybe I would just give up and go home," she said. "I was kind of thinking there was a flight straight to Minsk around 3pm tomorrow so I could catch that, but I didn't want to leave too soon."
First Round Drama
Vika wasn't the only seed to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat on Monday. Jelena Jankovic and Flavia Pennetta both came within a whisker of first round exits, coming from a set down to defeat Patricia Mayr-Achleitner and Hsieh Su-Wei respectively.
Ten and O
It has certainly been a good start to the French Open for American tennis. All 10 of their singles representatives in action over the Memorial Day weekend made it safely into the second round. Can Serena Williams and Jamie Hampton make it a perfect 12 on Tuesday?
Romance In Paris
It's that time of year again. The sun is out, the birds are singing and Francesca Schiavone is plotting a course to another French Open final. After an up and down start to the season, the 2010 champ seems to be peaking at just the right time, picking up a confidence-boosting title in Strasbourg over the weekend and cruising past Kimiko Date-Krumm in her Paris opener.
Sixth Time Lucky
When Sofia Arvidsson saw her name drawn alongside Roberta Vinci in Friday's French Open draw, she could have been forgiven for aiming a naughty Swedish word or two in the direction of the tennis gods. In five meetings with Vinci, Arvidsson had won a grand total of zero sets. However, that all changed on Tuesday as the Swede finally got one over her nemesis, advancing to the second round with a 62 46 63 win.
Understandably, Sofia was pretty pleased to have shaken the monkey from her back:
To help her take that final step onto the winner's podium at a Grand Slam, Caroline Wozniacki has enlisted the help of someone who has been there, done that and got the t-shirt: Thomas Johansson. Caro has signed up the former Australian Open champion until the end of the US Open and will begin their partnership when she gets back from Paris.
A few weeks ago we reported that Serena had been busy laying down some verses in the recording studio. Now we have video footage of her hanging out with French DJ/Producer/Music Guru Bob Sinclair. Serena, is there something you should be telling us?