Wednesday night saw the completion of all the second round matches in the Western and Southern Open being played this week in Cincinnati, as part of the run up to the US Open which begins on August 27 in New York.
Sixth seeded Dane, Caroline Wozniacki, was far too strong and experienced for the young qualifier from Kazakhstan, Sesil Karatantcheva, sweeping her off court 6-1 6-0 in just seconds over an hour. Karatantcheva had taken out another qualifier, the Dutch hope Kiki Bertens 6-2 6-1, in the first round. Wozniacki will now meet a seemingly resurgent Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, who easily took out rising German star Julia Goerges 6-3 6-0.
Sara Errani, the Italian who is having such a great year having reached the final of the French Open and made the WTA’s top 10, got past the unseeded Slovakian, Daniela Hantuchova, in straight sets 6-4 6-4. Errani will take on Venus Williams in the third round, which will be an uphill battle, as Williams leads their head to head stats 2-0, including an easy win earlier this month at Wimbledon in the Olympics. Venus played a very long yo-yo match with the South African, Chanelle Scheepers, losing the first set 2-6 before storming back to take the remaining two 6-3 6-2 in an hour and a quarter.