Well a top seed fell in her first match and it wasn't the seed you'd think it was. Sveta. Wha? 6-0 in the third to Vezzy? Girl, you need to get right. Of course, we've all been saying that for years now I suppose.
Hard not to be happy for Vez, though. The 5th Wheel of the Russian Fed Cup team is really having a totally out of nowhere resurgence. As far as I know she didn't change coaches during the off-season or anything. It must be the Lacoste.
In the AO rematch, Ana got her revenge over the Kleyb, 75 64. It wasn't a pretty match, but Ana showed more than a few flashes of her old form. Her toss is still a bit wonky but she somehow served 13 aces, though from what I could see it was more fro Kleyb's inability to read her serve more than anything else. But it was a tremendously encouraging performance. She served her way out of trouble, her groundstrokes looked more solid, she moved well, and she was really aggressive at the net. And more importantly this was the first time in a while that I've seen her remain calm and confident in the face of adversity. She was up 3-0 in the first before Kleybs came back to level it. But I never sensed there was any panic and she just kept grinding away. Nice to see.
Two other seeds suffered surprising upsets. A-Rad lost to U-Rad 64 63 and Chakky lost to lucky loser Morita, 75 62. Sheesh. What is going on with those two?
In the super weird match of the day, Mono came out and bageled Ai, only to drop the second 46 and have to grind out the third, finally winning 8-6 in the tiebreaker. So she lives to fight another day.
Singles - Second Round
(Q) Elena Vesnina (RUS) d. (7) Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) 64 36 60
(8) Ana Ivanovic (SRB) d. Alisa Kleybanova (RUS) 75 64
Singles - First Round
(Q) Urszula Radwanska (POL) d. (9) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) 64 63
(10) Alizé Cornet (FRA) d. Anna-Lena Groenefeld (GER) 64 61
(11) Marion Bartoli (FRA) d. Ai Sugiyama (JPN) 60 46 76(6)
(12) Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) d. Sorana Cirstea (ROU) 64 62
(14) Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) d. Andreja Klepac (SLO) 63 61
(LL) Ayumi Morita (JPN) d. (15) Anna Chakvetadze (RUS) 75 62
Monica Niculescu (ROU) d. Peng Shuai (CHN) 36 75 62
Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) d. (WC) Stefanie Voegele (SUI) 75 62
Virginie Razzano (FRA) d. Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR) 75 62
Alona Bondarenko (UKR) d. Olga Govortsova (BLR) 64 63
Francesca Schiavone (ITA) d. Casey Dellacqua (AUS) 61 61
Samantha Stosur (AUS) d. Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) 64 63
(LL) Camille Pin d. Agnes Szavay (HUN) 26 62 63