World number 1 and top seed Serena Williams made her way with ease into the third round at the Miami Open when she totally overpowered Flavia Pennetta of Italy 6-1 6-1 in just over an hour and a quarter. Her sister, 19th seed Venus, had a much harder battle on her hands when she took on the 78th ranked Japanese veteran Kimiko Date-Krumm. In a match that lasted more than two and a half hours, the 42 year old 5’4” Date-Krumm fought for every point against her 6’1” 32 year old opponent and took her to a tie break in the first set, which Williams took 7-3. Date-Krumm won the second set 6-3, but Williams battle hard to take the decider 6-4 on her 7th match point.
The Polish 4th seed and defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska had an easy day at the office on Thursday when she moved smoothly past Su-Wei Hsieh of Taiwan with the loss of just five games. The Pole is not known for having a great serve, but the fired 6 aces to take the match 6-3 6-2 in just an hour and five minutes. She will face Magdalena Rybarikova in the third round.
5th seed Na Li of China, playing her first match since injuring her ankle in the final of the Australian Open final, took on 42nd ranked Kiki Bertens of The Netherlands and won handily in straight sets 6-3 6-1 in just an hour and seven minutes on court. Her next opponent will be 25th seed Varvara Lepchenko.