Thursday, January 21, 2010

Australian Open: Second Round Report

The most anticipated second round match in either the men's or women's draw was Olympic gold medalist Elena Dementieva going against former champion Justine Henin. The serve let both women down, but in the end it was the unseeded Belgian who toppled the 5th seed Russian 7-5, 7-6(8).

The women's draw saw six other seeds fall in the second round including struggling former French Open champion Ana Ivanovic (20), Flavia Pennetta (12), Sabine Lisicki (21), Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez (24), Elena Vesnina (28), and Kateryna Bondarenko (30).

The second round for the men saw less upsets, but more marathon matches. Only three seeds fell--David Ferrer (17), Tomas Berdych (21), and Viktor Troiki (29). Ferrer was beaten by former finalist Marcos Baghdatis who will meet Lleyton Hewitt in the next round.

While most of the top men cruised in straight sets, 8 of the 32 matches went the distance including 4th seed Juan Martin Del Potro who defeated James Blake 10-8 in the fifth set.

The king and queen of tennis met the future king of England. Prince William stopped by the Australian Open during his tour. He watched the end of Roger Federer's second round match before meeting Federer and Serena Williams off-court.

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