Na Li, the Chinese 6th seed, played the wild card, Michaela Krajicek of Holland, who has a current ranking of 575. Krajicek at her best could be a threat to a lot of players but, even though Li did not find her range early on, the 6th seed took the first set 6-1 in 31minutes. Li started the second set and, playing more aggressively, ran up a 5-0 lead before Krajicek, with a huge smile, got on the scoreboard. With Li serving for the second set, Krajicek got to advantage twice, but Li wrapped up the set 6-1 on her third match point.
The Polish 4th seed and last year’s runner up Agnieszka Radwanska took on the 116th ranked Austrian qualifier, Yvonne Meusburger on Court 2. Radwanska led the head to head 2-0 and the year to date win/loss stat 28-9, compared to her opponent’s 24-9, albeit in lower ranked tournaments, but the Pole has had some early round losses of late. Both players won their first game of the first set, but the elegant and effective Pole took it easily at 6-1. Despite some really long rallied in the second set, it followed the same pattern as the first and the Pole took the second set 6-1 and the match in 55 minutes.
58th ranked Slovak Daniela Hantuchova faced off against 43rd ranked Klara Zakopalova of the Czech Republic on Court 4. Both now over 30, these veterans have met four times in the past, with the Slovak leading the head to head 3-1. Hantuchova won the Aegon Classic on grass two weeks ago, so is in good form. Zakopalova took the first three games before the Slovak won two in a row. Games then went with serve until the 8th game when Hantuchova broke back to level at 4-4, but the diminutive Czech closed out the set at 6-4. Zakopalova got an early break in the second set and games then went with serve until she broke again to take the set 6-3.