Li Gets By Bouchard, Radwanska Survives

Four more players dodged the rain and made the last 16. Aga Radwanska saved match point.

Published August 09, 2012 12:00

Li Gets By Bouchard, Radwanska Survives
Li Na

MONTRÉAL, Canada - The stars of the WTA waited out the rain and tried to get their second round matches in at the Rogers Cup on Thursday night, and though some made it through, others will have to wait and double up on Friday.

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Among the winners was No.10 seed Li Na, who stopped Canadian wildcard Eugenie Bouchard, needing an hour and 31 minutes to win, 64 64.

"I really have to say she was playing unbelievable today," Li said. "She's young and just won Wimbledon juniors this year. I won the match today because I've been on the tour for a long time and have more experience on the court."

Li talked about the stop-start routines of a rain-filled Day 3. "I think I warmed up like a hundred times already," she joked. "You never know when you can come to the court, so you're standing up every second. But finally, the good news was we were able to finish the match today. So it was good in the end."

The 18-year-old Bouchard talked about playing the former French Open winner. "It was key for me to get control before she did, and I did well when I was able to dictate with my serve of the first ball, like the return," Bouchard said. "But when she got control of the point she was pretty dominant on that. I was trying to be as aggressive as I could. On the defense it's pretty tough. She puts a lot of pressure on you and won't miss those easy balls. I learned a lot today."

Bouchard had beaten former No.11 Shahar Peer before falling to Li, the current No.11. "It's disappointing I didn't go another round, but I've learned a lot from this week and want to keep playing players of this level. It's how I'll move forward."

What's next for the Canadian rising star? "I'm playing Dallas in a week and then the US Open juniors," she commented. "It won't be the same caliber, but it will be another type of pressure. Then I'll go to tournaments in Asia, and I hope I'll play those great players again and be able to improve my game more."

Agnieszka Radwanska, who is coming off a first round loss at the Olympics, came back from the brink of defeat a few times to avoid a second straight opening exit, edging Mona Barthel in a nail-biter, 46 63 76(5). The match had been stopped at 2-all in the third set and upon resumption Barthel built all kinds of leads, going up 4-2, holding match point at 6-5 and leading 4-1 in the tie-break; but Radwanska overcame it all and finally came out the winner.

The other two players who closed out second round victories were Varvara Lepchenko, who fired six aces en route to a 64 64 triumph over No.12 seed Dominika Cibulkova; and Christina McHale, who won four games in a row after the rain delay to beat lucky loser Galina Voskoboeva, 75 36 62.

Three matches were suspended for the night: No.1 seed Victoria Azarenka was tied with Tamira Paszek in the first set, 3-3; No.6 seed Angelique Kerber was up on Ekaterina Makarova, 61 13; and No.7 seed Caroline Wozniacki was closing out Dutch qualifier Kiki Bertens, 75 40.

Those matches will resume and all eight third round matches will take the court on an absolutely packed Friday schedule at the Premier-level event.

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