Vinci, Jovanovski and Shvedova win opening matches at 2012 US Open

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Roberta Vinci seems to be on top form after outclassing young Pole Urszula Radwanska in two easy sets. Bojana Jovanovski and Yaroslava Shvedova also progress into the second round of US Open 2012 .

Vinci, who wasn’t very successful in her previous ten US Open appearances, is probably playing the tennis of her life at the moment. The younger of Radwanska sisters did not really stand a chance against the 20th seeded Italian. Vinci might have given away a serve in the opening game of their clash, but stormed through the rest of it with utter dominance. The second set was even smoother from Vinci’s point of view, achieving three more breaks of serve, bringing the match home after mere forty-four minutes of play: 6-1, 6-1.

The match between Serbian Jovanovski and German Mona Barthel was almost two hours longer. Jovanovski had definitely wished for a better start as she found herself 1-5 down in the first set, from which she could not fully recover. In the second set, however, she managed to convert one out of her ten break points, which was enough to get her back on level terms. The decisive set was an interesting one, too. First Barthel went a break up, just before dropping her serve twice. The German then squandered six break point opportunities,  failing to level the score at 3-3. Subsequently, Jovanovski punished her for this and only a couple games later, she broke Barthel once more to take the match. End result 4-6  7-5  6-2 for the 20-years old Serbian, who will meet Slovak Dominika Cibulkova in the second round.

Kazakh Yaroslava Shvedova and American Vania King are very close in the WTA rankings, yet their clash was rather one-sided. King lost her serve five times in two sets, came up with less aces and winners, and has made more unforced errors than her opponent. Shvedova was also clearly better in winning receiving points (51%-31%). Not surprisingly, the Moscow-born Kazakh booked a second round ticket with a 6-4  6-2 victory. She will play Roberta Vinci next.

Other interesting results:

Konta (Gbr) – Babos (Hun) 6-2, 7-5

Arvidson (Swe) – Date-Krumm (Jpn) 6-4, 6-2

Pironkova (Bul) – Giorgi (Ita) 6-3, 6-4

Arruabarrena-Vecino (Spa) – Peer (Isr) 6-4, 7-6 (5)

Makarova (Rus) – Daniilidou (Gre) 6-1, 6-4

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