The first match on Rod Laver Arena on Wednesday was between Agnieszka Radwanska, the 4th seed and the unseeeded Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu.
In an uncharacteristic start, Radwanska served two double faults in her first game which went to three advantages to the Romanian, who broke to go 1-0 up. Thereafter normal service was resumed for the Pole until she led 5-1, when Begu again broke her and then held to trail 3-5. Radwanska served out the set at 6-3. In the second set both players managed to break each other’s serve after the Pole went 2-0 up with Begu breaking to level at 3-3, but that was the last game she won, as Radwanska served out 6-3 to take the match in an hour and six minutes. Her next match will be against Heather Watson of Britain.
6th seed Na Li of China easily won her first set 6-2 against Olga Govortsova of Belarus who is ranked at 58 in just half an hour on court. In the second set, her opponent played much better and found her range, reaching 5-5 before Li broke for 6-5 and served out to take the set 7-5. The second set took fifty one minutes, which is an indication of how hard Li had to work for this win, to book her place in the third round where she will meet Romanian Sorana Cirstea, the 27th seed.
Another seeded player to win one set easily and struggle through another was the Frenchwoma Marion Bartoli, the tournament’s 11th seed. Playing against the Serbian Vesna Dolonc who is ranked at 120, Bartoli toiled for just under an hour in the first set before taking it 7-5. The second set was much easier for her and she took it 6-2 in just twenty eight minutes to move into a third round match against the 19th seed, Ekaterina Makarova of Russia.