Wimbledon, England (Sports Network) - Former Grand Slam champions Li Na and
Samantha Stosur were among the early winners Thursday in the second round at
After a Wednesday of injuries and upsets, the sixth-seeded Li became just the
second women's top-10 seed to reach the third round with a 6-2, 1-6, 6-0 win
over Romania's Simona Halep.
The bottom half of the draw was turned upside down on Wednesday, as second-
seeded Victoria Azarenka, third-seeded Maria Sharapova and ninth-seeded
Caroline Wozniacki all exited. Petra Kvitova, the 2011 Wimbledon champ, was
the only top-10 seed in the bottom half to survive the carnage and did so
thanks to a walkover win against Yaroslava Shvedova.
Halep could have posed a problem for Li, as she entered the All England Club
after capturing titles each of the past two weeks -- first in Nuremburg and
then in Den Bosch. After dominating the second set by winning 28 of the 40
points played, Halep was no match in the third as the 2011 French Open champ
turned the tables and won 28 of the 42 points.
Li had lost in the second round at Wimbledon each of the last two years after
a quarterfinal appearance in 2011, and was coming off a second-round loss at
this year's French Open after a runner-up finish at the Australian Open.
Stosur, the 2011 U.S. Open champ, had little trouble for the second match in a
row this week. The 14th-seeded Australian cruised past Olga Puchkova, 6-2,
6-2, after a 6-1, 6-3 rout of Anna Schmiedlova in the first round.
The competition will get a little tougher for Stosur in the third round, as
Sabine Lisicki now awaits. The 23rd-seeded German, a Wimbledon semifinalist in
2011 and twice a quarterfinalist in the London suburb, thumped Russian veteran
Elena Vesnina, 6-3, 6-1.
Other winners Thursday included 18th-seeded Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova,
American Madison Keys, Japanese veteran Kimiko Date-Krumm and Croatian Petra
Cibulkova needed just 49 minutes to dispatch Spain's Maria Teresa Torro-Flor,
6-0, 6-1, while Keys upended Germany's Mona Barthel, 6-4, 6-2. Date-Krumm
advanced with a 6-4, 7-5 triumph over Romania's Alexandra Cadantu and Martic
claimed a 7-6 (9-7), 6-1 win over Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic.
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