Seeds fall in the second round at the Sony Open in Miami

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The second round at the Miami Open began on Thursday with the seeded players playing in the top half of the draw playing their first matches after they all received byes into the second round, with very mixed results. 10th seed Marion Bartoli had to retire with a foot injury when Andrea Petkovic led 6-3 4-1, but seeds 17 Lucie Safarova, 23 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, 24Julia Goerges, 27 Mona Bartel and 31 Yanina Wickmayer were all bumped out of the tournament.

In the biggest upset so far, Switzerland’s 59th ranked Romina Oprandi toppled 17th seed Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic in a very long and drawn out battle that lasted more than two and a half hours. Oprandi took the first set tie break 7-4 but Safarova took the second set 6-4. The third set also went to a tie break, in which Safarova built a 5-1 lead, but she squandered her advantage and lost it 7-5. Oprandi next meets Dominika Cibulkova.

The 242nd ranked Croatian wild card, Ajla Tomljanovic, caused another big upset when she took out the 24th seeded German, Julia Goerges. The first set went to a tie breaker which Tomljanovic took 7-4 and she then cruised through the second set 6-2. Her third round opponent will be Andrea Petkovic.

Magdalena Rybarikova, the 49th ranked Slovak, defeated another German, the 27th seed Mona Barthel. Rybarikova had an easy first round straights sets win which she followed up against the German with a 6-2 first set and then won the more hard fought second set tie breaker 7-5. She will take on Agnieszka Radwanska in the third round.

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