American Rolle Rolls Into 3rd Round at US Open; Henin, Serena Advance

Posted on August 30, 2007

Five Top 10 seeds advanced Wednesday at the US Open without dropping a set, but the usual workmanlike early-round malaise was broken by American wildcard Ahsha Rolle, who moved into the third round with a come-from-behind 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 win over No. 57-ranked Italian Karin Knapp.

No, I'm not surprising myself," Rolle said after the win. "I always knew that I had the ability. It's just now that it's coming to pass. So I'm just the excited. Ready to ride it as long as it will go."

Rolle, who begged journalist questions about her fitness after the match looking less than svelte, nonetheless has matched her best tour-level effort of the year when she reached the third round at Indian Wells, retiring citing illness in a loss against Nicole Vaidisova.

Seeded winners Wednesday were (1) Justine Henin (d. Pironkova), (3) Jelena Jankovic (d. Govortsova), (5) Ana Ivanovic (d. Rezai), (8) Serena Williams (d. Camerin), (10) Marion Bartoli (d. Errani), (12) Venus Williams (d. Ralucca Olaru), (14) Elena Dementieva (d. Cetkovska), (15) Dinara Safina (d. Bondarenko), (19) Sybille Bammer (d. Shaughnessy), (20) Lucie Safarova (d. Petkovic), (21) Alona Bondarenko (d. Daniilidou in three), and (27) Vera Zvonareva (d. Likhovtseva).

"I felt like I had opportunities and I didn't take them," Serena Williams said after winning by the score of 7-5, 6-2. "Should have been a different score line. But that was only because I missed the wrong shots at the wrong time...My return of serve is usually unbelievable. I've been returning a lot. So I'm just waiting on that to come back."

No. 28 seed Ai Sugiyama was an upset victim, outlasted in three sets by Ekaterina Makarova.

Thursday's highlights at the US Open are (16) Martina Hingis vs. Pauline Parmentier, (2) Maria Sharapova vs. Casey Dellacqua (featured night match), (26) Sania Mirza vs. American Laura Granville, (7) Nadia Petrova vs. Anastasia Rodionova in an all-Russian, (18) Shahar Peer vs. American fashion icon Bethanie Mattek, and out on Court 13, (11) Patty Schnyder vs. Severine Bremond.