Several seeded players fell in the second round of the Rogers Cup in Montreal, setting up some intriguing 3rd round matchups. 15th seed Sabine Lisicki was the first to be eliminated following a three set battle against world no. 44 Carla Suarez Navarro. Lisicki fought through the first set, taking it 6-3 following a break of serve. The German, however, couldn’t maintain the momentum. Her first serve percentage plummeted to 43% in the next two sets, allowing Suarez Navarro the opportunity to break her opponent’s serve consistently. She now awaits the winner of the 2nd round match between first seed Azarenka and Paszek.
Perhaps aided by the hometown crowd, Montreal’s Aleksandra Wozniak cruised to a comfortable two sets victory over 13th seed Jelena Jankovic. The Serbian called the trainer out during the match for an apparent leg injury, but continued to the end of the match. Clearly the stronger player, the hometown girl broke Jankovic’s serve 4 times to take the match 6-2, 6-3 in just over 90 minutes and will play the USA’s Christina Mchale in the 3rd round.
12th seed Dominika Cibulkova suffered a similar fate, having been defeated in straight sets by Varvara Lepchenko of the United States. Lepchenko’s third round opponent will either be the 7th seed Wozniacki or qualifier Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands.
9th seed Marion Bartoli and 5th seed Petra Kvitova both made it through their 2nd round matches and have setup a much anticipated 3rd round meeting. Bartoli defeated Shuai Peng of China convincingly 6-1, 6-3 and is looking strong. She leads 2-0 in head-to-head matchups against Kvitova who needed 3 sets to get through her second round match against world no. 72 Ksenia Pervak.
With many of the seeded players dropping out so early, the top half of the draw here in Montreal has opened up considerably. Caroline Wozniacki will have the opportunity to make it through to the semifinals without having to play another seeded player. In a similar position, top seed Victoria Azarenka would only have to play 1 seed to reach the same level.