Aga Radwanska into third round of US Open; Venus and Errani out

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In the first match on Louis Armstrong Stadium on Wednesday morning, 3rd seeded Agnieszka Radwanska (Bio) took on the 103rd ranked Spaniard Maria-Theresa Torro-Flor (Bio). Torro-Flor is just beginning to make her mark on the WTA tour, having played on the ITF circuit for some time. She was ranked at 394 in April of this year but, after winning five ITF titles, rose to 106 by the end of July. Radwanska has won two WTA tiles this season. The Pole swept through the first set 6-0 in twenty one minutes, but the Spaniard put up a much better fight in the second set. Torro-Flor broke in the 5th game to lead 3-2 but Radwanska broke straight back, even though she was playing well below her best, to lead 5-3. With The Pole serving for the match and with a match point, Torro-Flor broke again and then held as Radwanska made uncharacteristic error after error. Radwanska had another match point when serving at 6-5, but Torro-Flor launched another huge forehand before the Pole served out the match on her 3rd match point.

2001 and 2002 champion Venus Williams (Bio), now ranked at 60 after a long spell of illness and injuries, played 56th ranked Jie Zheng (Bio), the Chinese number 3. In a cliff hanger of a match that lasted three hours two minutes, Zheng took the first set 6-3, but Williams fought back hard to take the second set 6-2. In the decider Zheng built up a formidable lead of 4-1 and 40-15 before Williams won that game and took five of the next seven games to force a breaker. Once again the players had the fans on the edges of their seats as they tied at 5-5, but two errors by Williams handed the breaker to Zheng 7-5.

Rain caused the cancellation of most of the other women’s matches. On Wednesday morning, in an all Italian match, 4th seed Sara Errani (Bio) faced off against 83rd ranked Flavia Pennetta (Bio), who has been plagued with back and wrist injuries. Pennetta ran up 4-1 and 5-2 leads before taking the first set at 6-3. She again broke early in the second set and ran away with the set at 6-1 to cause a major upset.


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