Former Champs Wozniacki, Stosur, Venus and Jankovic Win
By: Nicholas McCarvel
In a day session which included four former champions, three of them walked away winners at the Volvo Car Open, most convincingly 2011 champ Caroline Wozniacki and 2010 title holder Sam Stosur, who lost just five games between the two of them to roll into the third round.
2007 winner Jelena Jankovic squeaked by qualifier Caroline Garcia 5-7, 7-6 (10), 6-3, saving two match points along the way. Sabine Lisicki, a winner here in 2009, wasn't as lucky, losing her own three-set battle against American Mallory Burdette 3-6, 7-6 (5), 7-5.
Wozniacki, seeded No. 2 here, blasted her way by Silvia Soler-Espinosa 6-1, 6-1 in exactly one hour before Stosur took to Billie Jean Court and belted by New Zealander Marina Erakovic 6-1, 6-2.
"I'm really pleased with the way I went out there and played today," the Australian Stosur, the third seed, said after the win.
In the evening match, 2004 winner Venus Williams came out on top - but not without a fight. The 32-year-old was challenged by Monica Puig, 20, winning 6-2, 5-7, 6-3 in front of a spirited crowd.
No. 10 seed Julia Goerges and No. 6 Lucie Safarova both booked wins inside the stadium earlier in the day, Goerges downing Olga Govortsova in three sets before Safarova overpowered Mirjana Lucic-Baroni in straights to close the day session.
To start play on Althea Gibson Court earlier in the day, 18-year-old American Madison Keys continued her winning ways with a 6-4, 6-3 effort over compatriot Grace Min. That win by Keys was followed by Burdette's upset of Lisicki, the biggest victory of the 22-year-old American's young career.
"My mom is from here originally and so we have had a lot of fun going out to dinner and I just feel very relaxed and comfortable here," Burdette said. "I think that definitely helped me pull through that match."
It was no such luck for American Vania King, who lost to former top ten player Andrea Petkovic, who continues her comeback from a series of injuries over the last 15 months. Petkovic won two hard-fought sets, 7-5, 6-4.
King later paired with Lisa Raymond to win their opening doubles match, however, sending the Americans into round two.
Eugenie Bouchard won the outlying singles match of the day, downing friend and No. 15 seed Laura Robson in three sets.