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End of Our Runs: US women take a beating today; Baker's souffle falls

May 31, 2012 | 05:46 AM

On a day without anything that could normally be called a big upset on the women's side, the older Williams went out with a whimper today to #3 seed Aggie Radwanska (6-2, 6-3).

Of the 7 American women who played 2nd rounds today, only Sloane Stephens survived, a 6-1, 6-1 winner over the higher ranked American Mattek-Sands (she faces unseeded Frenchwoman Mathilde Johannson).

- Irina Falconi lost 6-1, 6-4 to Stosur

- Vania King lost 6-1, 6-2 to 15th seed Cibulkova

- Melanie Oudin lost 6-2, 6-3 to Silvia Errani

- Stephanke Glatch lost 6-3, 6-1 to Flavia Pennetta

The 3 remaining US women in the bottom half play tomorrow and at least one has to survive:

- 18 year old Lauren Davis plays 19 year old Christina McHale for a chance to go up against Na Li (and lose)

- Varvara Lepchenko plays the most easily upset top 20 seed, Jankovic, so we may see her move on also. The winner will probably play Schiavone (and lose).

Of the US women who will play 3rd round matches, Stephens has the best chance to advance to the 2nd week. Beyond the 3rd round, she will be in a different league.

Of interest tomorrow will be Razzano's 2nd round v. unseeded Arantxa Rus of NED.

MEN's action of interest today (no major upsets or drama here)

- Nick Mahut won in 4 sets today and will next face FED, a 4 set winner over Adrian Unger (Fed was not broken, but lost a 3rd set breaker 6-8).

- Brian BAKER threatened to pull off another upset, but ran out of petrol after taking the 3rd and 4th sets from #11 seed Gilles Simon (7-6, 6-1), losing the 5th 0-6

- Kevin Anderson followed up his 11-9 in the 5th win with a 4 setter that puts him against Berdych in the 3rd round; he may be out of petrol for such an upset (and he is not a clay court player)

- The injured Del Potro won in 4 sets again

Rick


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