Kvitova and Li Na win 2nd round matches at US Open, Clijsters bids farewell

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Grand Slam title holders Petra Kvitova and Li Na deliver expected victories in today’s second round of US Open 2012 . Laura Robson defeats Clijsters in her last US Open match.

Fifth seed Kvitova, winner of the recent US Open series, made her way into round three after seeing off former no.11 Alize Cornet of France. Cornet played self-confidently in opening stages of the match and even grabbed a break in the seventh game of the first set. While Kvitova will not be delighted with the amount of unforced errors she was making during the match, she compensated that by striking 16 winners more than her 22-years old French opponent. She thus succeeded to turn around the first set, and confirmed her recent great run of form in the second one, too. After sailing to a 6-4  6-3 victory, she will play yet another French player, Parmentier next. Parmentier defeated 25th-seeded Wickmayer also in straight sets 7-6 (5)  6-3.

Ninth seed Chinese Li Na did not show her best performance ever in her match against Australian Casey DellAcqua, but did enough to book herself a third round ticket with a 6-4  6-4 win. One break of serve in the first set was more than sufficient for Li Na to get in charge of the encounter. However, DellAcqua  showed some great fighting spirit as she took a 4-0 lead in the second set. Unfortunately for the Australian, the more experienced Chinese responded in the best possible way, taking DellAcqua’s serve three times in a row and holding her own serve, she managed to convert her first match point after one hour and a half of play.

Li Na’s third round challenger will be the talented young Brit Laura Robson, who overcame a retiring Belgian star Kim Clijsters in two tiebreaks 7-6 (4)  7-6 (5).

Other interesting results:

Mladenovic(Fra) – Pavlyuchenkova (Rus/17): 6-1, 6-2

Lepchenko (Usa/31) – Rodionova (Aus) 6-2, 6-2

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