Ivanovic out of Tokyo, Hampton beats Kanepi

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With the demise of no 11 seed Ana Ivanovic who lost to Ursula Radwanska 6-3  4-6  2-6 and no 4 seed Petra Kvitova who was beaten by her namesake Petra Martic in straight sets 6-4  6-4, no 15 seed Kaia Kanepi took to the court to do battle with the young American qualifier, Jamie Hampton.

On paper this game looked done and dusted for the hard hitting and great serving Estonian but, in fact, it was the other way round, as Hampton, currently no 92 in the WTA rankings, took her game to Kanepi and eventually won a hard fought three setter with a 5-7 6-2 6-3 scoreline in the end. This was Hampton’s second win against a top 20 player this year, as she beat Jelena Jankovic earlier in the year when the Serb was ranked at no 14. Hampton will next face Agnieszka Radwanska in the third round for a place in the quarter finals.

Also into the third round, but without even setting foot on court, is Lucie Safarova who got a walk over when her opponent Klara Zakopalova, had to withdraw from the tournament. Safarova will come up against Maria Sharapova, who had a mighty struggle to get past British qualifier Heather Watson, prevailing 6-7 (9-7) 6-3 6-4 in well over three hours.

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