Play on Day 2 of the Mutua Madrid Open on Sunday threw up some surprises and saw quite a two injury retirements. Serena Williams was taken to a first set tie breaker by a qualifier and Francesca Schiavone lost to a qualifier, while Marion Bartoli and Sorana Cirstea won by retirements.
Shock of the day so far was the 10th seeded Dane, Caroline Wozniacki, who was the first of the higher ranked seeds to fall in the first round. The Dane has been struggling of late and is clearly not in the same form that took her to the number one spot for so long in 2010 and 2011. Last week she lost in the first round in Stuttgart and she repeated that result when 38th ranked Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan outplayed her for a straight sets 6-2 6-4 win in just an hour and twenty two minutes. The Kazakh will play against Kirsten Flipkens in her next match.
6th seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany had to tough it out in her match against 38th ranked Su-Wei Hsieh of Taiwan. The German dropped the first set 3-6, but battled back to take the second by the same score and then ease through the decider 6-2. She will meet Alize Cornet in the second round.
Na Li, the Chinese 5th seed, went up against a lucky loser, the 63rd ranked American Madison Keys, who lost to Bethanie Mattek-Sands in the final round of the quallies. Keys got the breaks early on in the first set to lead 5-2 and allowed Li just one more game before the American sealed the first set 6-3 in half an hour. Li started the second set, but was broken immediately. The American built up another strong lead, going to 5-2 before serving out the set at 6-2 to move into the second round where she will meet Anabel Madina Garrigues.
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