Contenders Davenport, Mauresmo, Henin Win at US Open

Posted on August 31, 2005

All 16 women's seeds in action advanced into the second round Tuesday at the US Open, led by main contenders (2) Lindsay Davenport (d. Li), (3) Amelie Mauresmo (d. Vinci), defending runner-up (6) Elena Dementieva (d. Safarova), and French Open winner (7) Justine Henin-Hardenne (d. Ondraskova, bagel in the second).

"It's just feeling good," Mauresmo said. "Pretty solid today, consistent match. Really a good way to get into this tournament."

Davenport looked fit in her school-bus-yellow skin-tight top and black skirt, but unhappy as China's Li kept the match close.

"I didn't feel like I was at my sharpest," Davenport said.

Other seeds into the second round Tuesday were (11) Patty Schnyder (d. former slam champ Martinez from a set down), (12) Mary Pierce (d. Santangelo), (13) Anastasia Myskina (d. Tanasugarn), (15) Nathalie Dechy (d. Beltrame), (17) Jelena Jankovic (d. Chladkova), (19) Elena Likhovtseva (d. Garbin), (23) Tatiana Golovin (d. Ruano Pascual 7-6 in the third), (24) Shinobu Asagoe (d. Cohen Aloro), (27) Gisela Dulko (d. Foretz), (29) Anna Chakvetadze (d. Kutuzova in three), (31) Anna-Lena Groenefeld (d. Brandi), and (32) Anabel Medina Garrigues (d. Sprem).

Un-seeds into the second round were Slovania's Katarina Srebotnik (d. Hsieh, bagel in the first), Americans Amy Frazier (d. countrywoman Gullickson), Alexa Glatch (d. Fedak), Vania King (d. Koukalova in three), and Jill Craybas (d. countrywoman Jackson in three), Israel's Anna Smashnova (d. Kloesel), Spain's Maria Sanchez Lorenzo (d. Haynes), Russian Evgenia Linetskaya (d. Llagostera Vives from a set down), Bulgarians Maggie Maleeva (d. Gagliardi) and Sesil Karatantcheva (d. Shaughnessy from a set down), Argentine Mariana Diaz-Oliva (d. Mattek), France's Virginie Razzano (d. Spears) and Pauline Parmentier (d. Ant. Serra Zanetti from a set down), China's Yoon Jeong Cho (d. Parra Santonja in three) and Tian Tian Sun (d. Stosur), and Slovak Martina Sucha (d. Bammer from a set down).

"I don't think there was one turning point or one key point," said Karatantcheva after weathering the almost 2-1/2 hour match over Shaughnessy. "It was so back and forth that even until the last point I couldn't feel I was in total control. I guess that's what made for a good match."

Scheduled for the women on Wednesday are (4) Clijsters vs. Zuluaga, (1) Sharapova vs. Randriantefy, (8) Serena vs. Castano, Camerin vs. Mirza, Salerni vs. (20) Hantuchova, Bartoli vs. Perry, Raymond vs. Schruff, (25) Schiavone vs. Laine, Peer vs. (33) Douchevina, (18) Ivanovic vs. Vento-Kabchi, Pastikova vs. (30) Sugiyama, (9) Petrova vs. Nakamura, (26) Vaidisova vs. Zheng, Pratt vs. Granville, Lisjak vs. Bychkova, and (10) Venus vs. Kirilenko.