Is it just me or is it kinda weird that Tokyo gets a Tier II ladies' tournament and then only two weeks later, and another joint ATP/WTA tournament. It gets very confusing.
You know what's also weird? Ski Boots is the #1 seed on the ladies' side. She survived a bit of a scare from Gisela Dulko, recovering to win in three 46 60 63. Maybe that ugly petal dress does have mojo.
You know doesn't have mojo this week? Number 3 and 4 seeds Zheng Jie and MaKiri. Both had very strong runs last week at their respective tourneys and crash out this week in the first round against far less talented players, 61 62 and 46 62 75, respectively. Too bad.
The rest of the WTA results:
Yanina Wickmayer, Belgium, def. Iveta Benesova, Czech Republic, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.
Camille Pin, France, def. Carla Suaraez Navarro, Spain, 6-0, 7-5.
Shahar Peer (6), Israel, def. Kimiko Date Krumm, Japan, 6-3, 6-1.
Rika Fujiwara, Japan, def. Petra Cetkovska, Czech Republic, 7-6 (6), 6-4.
Aleksandra Wozniak (8), Canada, def. Jill Craybas, United States, 7-5, 6-7 (2), 6-3.
Ryoko Fuda, Japan, def. Pauline Parmentier, France, 7-5, 6-2.
Jarmila Gajdosova, Slovakia, def. Mara Santangelo, Italy, 6-4, 7-6 (0).
Tamarine Tanasugarn (7), Thailand, def. Stephanie Dubois, Canada, 6-1, 6-3.
As for the boys, no major upsets here and the big boys won't hit the court until tomorrow (tonight U.S. time). Dudi Sela continued his quality play, beating Bjorn Phau 75 61 (unfair first round match!) and earning a second round match with Crazy Elf. Special Kei sent Robert Kendrick home and fellow American Donald Young also lost in three.
Roko Karanusic, Croatia, def. Hiroki Kondo, Japan, 6-2, 6-2.
Wayne Odesnik, United States def. Kevin Kim, United States, 6-4, 6-3.
Jesse Levine, United States, def. Danai Udomchoke, Thailand, 4-6, 6-1, 6-0.
Joseph Sirianni, Australia, def. Yuichi Ito, Japan, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.
Simon Stadler, Germany, def. Philipp Petzschner, Germany, 6-2, 6-4.
Yen-hsun Lu, Taiwan, def. Luka Gregorc, Slovenia, 6-4, 7-6 (5).
Flavio Cipolla, Italy, def. Ivan Navarro, Spain, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (4).
Cecil Mamiit, Philippines, def. Brendan Evans, United States, 3-6, 7-5, 6-4.
Bobby Reynolds, United States, def. Tatsuma Ito, Japan, 6-3, 6-1