Defending champion Stosur advances into 3rd round at US Open

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Sam Stosur, the reigning US Open champion, took on the Romanian Edina Gallovits-Hall in her second round match at the Louis Armstrong Stadium. She took out the Romanian without any problems, prevailing 6-3 6-0 in exactly sixty minutes. After taking out Petra Martic 6-1  6-1 in the first round, Stosur has dropped just five games so far and is looking good to go deep into in the tournament in hunt for defending her title. She will face Varvara Lepchenko next, who defeated Anastasia Rodionova 6-2  6-2.

Russian 17th seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, who has not been playing at the top of her game for some time now, played Kristina Mladenovic of France, ranked at 150, on Court 13. It was the French player who enjoyed a fine victory over her much higher ranked opponent, easily winning 6-1  6-2 in just one hour and four minutes. Next up for her will be her French compatriot Marion Bartoli.

With only half of the second round in the women’s singles matched completed, it is interesting to note the number of seeded players who have already fallen in the notoriously treacherous early rounds – thirteen alltogether. The highest ranked was Caroline Wozniacki (8), followed by Sabine Lisicki (16), Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (17), Julia Goerges (18), Christina McHale (21), Francesca Schiavone (22), Kim Clijsters (23), Klara Zakapalova (24), Monica Niculescu (26), Anabel Medina Garrigues (27), Yanina Wickmayer (28), Tamira Paszek (29) and Shuai Peng (32). These statistics give many lower ranked players a chance to progress further into the tournament, so some interesting matchups will be on the cards for the third round which starts on Friday.

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