Serena Williams beats Cornet to advance in Brisbane

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Frenchwoman Alize Cornet, ranked at 44 and unseeded in Brisbane, won her first match of the year against Bojana Bobusic of Australia. In the first night match on Tuesday, she faced off against the indomitable Serena Williams, seeded at number 3, who had easily taken out her fellow American, Varvara Lepchenko, in the first round. This was another easy match for Williams, as she blew away the young Cornet 6-2 6-2 in almost exactly one hour on court. Williams had superior statistics in almost every area of this tie, most especially on serve, where she hit five aces to Cornet’s one, but Cornet had two double faults to Williams’ none; and she also had far better first serve percentages. Williams converted four out of nine break point opportunities, while Cornet had nine chances, of which she managed to convert five.

In another second round match played on Tuesday, Urszula Radwanska took on Ksenia Pervak, conqueror of Caroline Wozniacki in the first round.  Radwanska took the first set 6-3, but lost the second 6-2. The third set was a very tight affair with both players showing their best form. It eventually went to a tie breaker, which Pervak won 8-6, to take her into the quarter finals where she will face the winner of the match scheduled for Wednesday between Victoria Azarenka and Sabine Lisicki.

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