There were three surprises in the seedings in the Cincinnati tournament on Thursday, with two of these matches going the distance and one being won in straights. In an all Italian match, 6th seeded Sara Errani (Bio) played her doubles partner, 12th seeded Roberta Vinci (Bio). Vinci won her first two matches in three, having dropped the second set in both, while Errani had a bye and a really tough three set battle in the second round. For the sixth time this season, Vinci took out a top 10 player when she beat her friend in straights 6-4 6-3.
In a night match, 11th seed Sam Stosur (Bio) went out after Simona Halep (Bio), the 25th ranked Roumanian, beat her 6-4 4-6 6-2 in a match that last three minute short of two hours. Stosur led the head to head 3-0 – all won in straights – but this time her serve was not working and she was unable to deal with the wily Roumanian’s crafty play.
10th seed Caroline Wozniacki (Bio), who has had some trouble winning matches this season, took on 7th seeded Petra Kvitova (Bio), famed for her streaky play. Kvitova led the head to head stat 4-3, but in this match it was the Dane who came out on top to level the stat. She lost the first set 6-3 but came back to take the next two 6-2 6-3, mainly due to the Czech’s seven doubles and the Dane’s much higher break point wins.
In a real cliff hanger from start to finish, the match between 14th seed Jelena Jankovic (Bio) and 17th ranked Sloane Stephens (Bio) delighted the fans. The excitement lasted almost two and a half hours in this contest between players who had never met before. Stephens took the first set 6-3 and Jankovic took the second 7-5. Stephens almost closed out the match when she led 5-4 with two match points in the decider, but the Serb battled back to take the next three games and the match.
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