Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Mesha takes out Sveta in 3.
No.10 seed Maria Sharapova winning a streaky match against Svetlana Kuznetsova, 6-4 1-6 6-2. Kuznetsova was coming off her first title of the year in San Diego; she played a strong second set but after falling behind 3-0 in the decider couldn't catch up.
"It's definitely tough to have a night flight then come and play the day after a final, but it's just bad luck, I cannot change it," Kuznetsova said afterwards. "I just need to get my ranking higher and then I can get a bye. But I also have to give a lot of credit to Maria. She played really well in the third."
"I let her off the hook in the beginning of the second set, and she went with it. Against a player with a lot of experience, you can't do that," Sharapova said. "I had to earn it. The only way I was going to win was by being aggressive."
Leading the first round winners were Top 20 players Flavia Pennetta and Yanina Wickmayer, both moving through in straight sets. Pennetta, the No.11 seed, beat former Top 20 player Zheng Jie, 6-4 6-2, while Wickmayer, the No.12 seed, rolled past qualifier Greta Arn in an early match, 6-2 6-2.
"It was hot and humid out there but I handled it well," said Wickmayer, who reached the second round at this stop for the third straight year. "Today I played one of my best matches of the year. I'm really happy with my form."
Other daytime first round winners were Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Maria Kirilenko, Andrea Petkovic, Gisela Dulko, Elena Vesnina and Sybille Bammer. Vesnina cruised against American Melanie Oudin, 62 63.