Take a flawless slicing, dicing, and lobbing Momo and a tired off-form Baby Koala and you get a 63 62 drubbing. No bones about it. Did Ana play well? Nope. But I wasn't really paying attention to her. Momo was mesmerising. Seriously, it was awesome. You know that Tennis Channel One Minute Tip with the drill where you're supposed to hit four balls with different spin? That's pretty much what Momo did and it completely kept Ana off balance and didn't allow her to get any rhythm. She'll face the winner of Mono Bartoli/Garbin.
As for Baby K, what can I say. The positives? She's a fighter and she fought until the end. But missed volleys and smashes, and poor decisionmaking didn't help her cause. It was a frustrating match to watch because it made me miss RolandGarros!Ana. The Ana who allowed herself to get into rallies, who hit with margin, who used angles and constructed points until she got the short ball she could put away. Right now we just have IWanttohittheballreallyreallyhard!Ana. She's definitely hitting the ball really really hard. Unfortunately they're missing the lines by four feet.
(5) Amélie Mauresmo (FRA) d. (1) Ana Ivanovic (SRB) 63 62
(2) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d. Lucie Safarova (CZE) 76(5) 64
Sara Errani (ITA) d. Olga Govortsova (BLR) 63 63
Not all is lost though in the Ivanovic camp. A freshly shorn Fernando had a very nice win over the hard hitting Florent Serra, coming back from a set down to take it 46 60 63. And really, it was a tighter match than the scoreline indicates. He'll face the winner of PHM/Special K.