Victoria Azarenka, the tournament’s third seed, had a tough two tie break sets win against 19th ranked Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the first round. Her opponent in her second round match, the 24th ranked Russian leftie, Ekaterina Makarova, took out another leftie, Lucie Safarova, in straights in her first round encounter. Playing in the second round on the red clay of Madrid – the same clay that will be used at Roland Garros in two week’s time – the Belarusian quickly got two early breaks and ran up a 4-1 lead. After a very long 6th game with Makarova serving, where advantage went from one side of the net to the other, Azarenka eventually got the break for 5-1 and served out the set 6-1. Makarova held the opening game of the second set and got two breaks for 4-1 and 5-2 leads and took the set 6-2. Azarenka broke early in the decider and got another early break, but Makarova went on a run and broke back to lead 5-3 with her serve to come – and she made no mistake in sealing the set 6-3 to move into the third round, where she will take on Marion Bartoli.
Kaia Kanepi the 51st ranked Estonia and Flavia Pennetta, the 103rd ranked Italia are both on the comeback road after injury. They played in the first round and Kanepi won in a very tight three setter, to set up her second round match against 23rd ranked Spaniard, Carla Suarez Navarro. Suarez Navarro was the losing finalist in Lisbon last week, so she is playing well, but Kanepi rolled her aside 6-3 6-1 in just an hour and eleven minutes.
The first match on Court Three was cancelled when Julia Goerges withdrew from her match against Vavara Lepchenko. The 27th ranked American will meet 7th seed Sara Errani in the third round.