Tokyo Gallery: On-Court Action Heating Up
Most of the top players have survived so far, but it hasn't been easy for them by any means.
Published September 25, 2012 12:00
Dominika Cibulkova was one of the few players who advanced under the roof on a rainy Sunday.
On Monday, Japanese veteran Kimiko Date-Krumm faced World No.10 Marion Bartoli on center court.
But Marion Bartoli was too tough, showing she had no ill effects from her illness last week.
Ana Ivanovic won her opener. Ivanovic reached the final here in 2007 but fell to Martina Hingis.
Bojana Jovanovski, a recent first-time WTA champion in Baku, took it to Caroline Wozniacki.
But Caroline Wozniacki stayed calm and beat Bojana Jovanovski in a close three-setter, 60 36 64.
Li Na was pushed to three sets but beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the second round, 75 46 62.
Sara Errani was nearly pushed to three sets as well but closed out Johanna Larsson, 63 76(1).
Angelique Kerber beat Japanese No.1 Ayumi Morita for her WTA-leading 57th match win of the year.
Maria Sharapova battled over three hours to beat inspired Brit Heather Watson, 67(7) 63 64.
A day after qualifying for Istanbul, Agnieszka Radwanska made it past Jelena Jankovic, 62 75.
And World No.1 Victoria Azarenka's strokes were blistering in a 61 61 win against Tamira Paszek.