Play got underway three hours late on Tuesday because of strong rain and the damp atmosphere when the matches started made the ball heavy and slow. 42 year old Kimiko Date-Krumm who is ranked at 81 played Aussie 9th seed Sam Stosur. The first three games were very tightly fought, but Stosur won the key points to lead 3-0. She then raced away with the set 6-0 in just twenty one minutes. The Aussie started the second set and broke immediately. The next games were close but Stosur ran up a 3-0 lead. All her hard work paid off, as Date-Krumm then got on the scoreboard and again after a very long 5th game, to trail 2-4. That was her last game, as Stosur wrapped up the set 6-2.
Marion Bartoli, the French 13th seed, took on Olga Govortsova of Belarus, ranked at 63. Govortsova the first of many breaks on each side of the net which took the Belarusian to break up twice. Bartoli broke back yet again to force a breaker which she took 10-8 on her third set point. Bartoli led 2-1 with a break in the second set when rain stopped play. When they started again they got to 4-4 before Govortsova took the set 6-4. In the decider there were breaks each until the Belarusian went 5-3 ahead and served for the match, but Bartoli saved two match points and broke back then held. Serving for this dramatic match at 6-5, she saved three break points and eventually served out the set 7-5 on her fifth match point.
18th seeded Serbian, Jelena Jankovic, played against the veteran Slovak, Daniela Hantuchova, now ranked at 61. In a tight first set the Serb got the break to take the first set 6-4, but the Slovak raced into a 5-0 lead in the second set before Jankovic got five games in a row to level at 5-5. Hantuchova and Jankovic both held, so a breaker ensued, where they got to 6-6 before Jankovic took it 9-7.
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