Third round play on Friday started off in cold conditions yet again, but the sun came out later in the day. 4th seeded Pole Agnieszka Radwanska, who had only lost a total of seven games in her first two matches, faced off against the German qualifier Dinah Pfizenmaier, ranked at 127, who beat the veteran Mandy Minella in straights in the first round and Agnieszka’s younger sister, Urszula, also in straights in the second round. It was not all plain sailing for Agga, as it took her forty four minutes to take the first set 6-3 and forty minutes to win the second set 6-4, but the win did avenge her sister’s loss.
Last year’s losing finalist, 5th seeded Sara Errani of Italy, took on Sabine Lisicki, the 32nd seed from Germany. Errani has shown that reaching the final last year was not a one off, as she has been playing consistently well ever since and had lost only five games on her route to the third round. Lisicki, a very talented but streak player, lost eleven games in her two straight sets wins. On Friday Errani came on court with determination and trounced her opponent in the first set, to take it to love in just nineteen minutes. The German came alive in the second set to make more of a match, but it was not enough to get past the Italian, who took the set 6-4 in forty eight minutes.
20th seeded Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro played against 86th ranked Monica Puig from Puerto Rico who caused an upset on Day 1 when she took out 11th seed Nadia Petrova in three sets. She won her second round match in straight sets. Suarez Navarro had two tough three setters on her route, but she won this match in straight sets 6-4 7-5 with both sets taking forty seven minutes to complete.
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