Italian 11th seeded Roberta Vinci took on 62nd ranked Jana Cepelova of Slovakia, who is ten years her junior. In the first set, Vinci raced to a 5-0 lead just before dropping a game and eventually sealing the set at 6-1. Cepelova managed to recover at the start of set two, building a nice looking 3-0 lead. Despite Vinci recovering and levelling the score at 3-3, it was the Slovak who kept her composure, forcing a third set. In the decider, games went with serve until the 9th game when the Italian broke her opponent just to let Cepelova right back into the match at 5-5. It was Vinci who raised her game once more, taking Cepelova’s serve for a 8-7 lead just before wrapping up the set and the match.
4th seeded Pole and last year’s losing finalist Agnieszka Radwanska faced off against 98th ranked journeywoman Mathilde Johansson of France. 2013 has not been the stellar year 2012 was for the Pole, with a few losses in the first rounds of tournament, but she is a perceptive and stylish player with a lot of points to defend this year. Johansson has never won a title on the WTA tour, while Radwanska already has 12 under her belt. The Pole made a shaky start with many uncharacteristic errors, but games went with serve until she led 2-1. Johansson could not take advantage of her chances and the Pole took this scrappy set 6-1. Radwanska broke in the first game of set two to go 2-1 up. Games then went with serve and, with Johansson at 2-4 40-30, rain stopped play. After resuming the match, Johansson managed to reduce Radwanska’s lead to 3-4, but to little avail as the Pole took the next two games to seal the set 6-3.
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