Try and make us care about the women’s draw at Wimbledon, we dare you. Can we start the quarterfinals already?
Top 10 seeds (1) Dinara Safina, defending champ (3) Venus Williams, French Open champ (5) Svetlana Kuznetsova, (6) Jelena Jankovic, and (9) Caroline Wozniacki (bageling veteran Maria Kirilenko in the first set) all moved into the third round without dropping a set on Thursday at the All England Club.
The elder Williams had a heavily-taped leg, but refused to give direct answers to the press concerning the injury or strain.
No. 11 seed Agnieszka Radwanska had a close call against China’s Shuai Peng, finally prevailing 6-2, 6-7(8), 9-7. No. 18 Sam Stosur also survived a scare, coming back from a break down in the third to defeat Tatjana Malek 4-6, 7-6(6), 6-4.
Other winners of note in straight sets were No. 13 Ana Ivanovic, No. 15 Flavia Pennetta topping American Vania King, No. 17 Amelie Mauresmo, and unseeded American Melanie Oudin who defeated Yaroslava Shvedova 3-6, 6-2, 6-4.
Mauresmo will next meet Pennetta, Ivanovic against Stosur, Jankovic against Oudin, and the elder Williams will face Spanish comer Carla Suarez Navarro.
Friday’s matches of mild-to-zero interest include (8) Victoria Azarenka vs. (28) Sorana Cirstea, an all-Russian in Regina Kulikova vs. (4) Elena Dementieva, Italy’s Roberta Vinci vs. (2) Serena Williams, (7) Vera Zvonareva vs. (26) Virginie Razzano, the Sharapova-slayer Gisela Dulko vs. (10) Nadia Petrova, an all-veteran in Daniela Hantuchova vs. Ai Sugiyama, and Francesca Schiavone vs. (12) Marion Bartoli.
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