>> Wednesday, May 30, 2012
The action continues in the second round of the women's singles tournament at the 2012 French Open. A day after the shocking elimination of Roland-Garros favorite Serena Williams in the first round, world no. 1 Victoria Azarenka and world no. 3 Agnieszka Radwanska take the court to vie for third round spots and try to avoid the fate of Serena. Azarenka is the first player in action at the Court Philippe Chatrier when she takes on unseeded German Dinah Pfizenmaier. The hottest match-up however, will be the second round battle between Radwanska and the most dangerous unseeded opponent in the draw - 7-time Grand Slam titlist Venus Williams.
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Venus will attempt to regain family honor but she is facing the player with the most match wins in the WTA this year in Radwanska. The pair have battled each other seven times before with Venus holding a career head-to-head lead of 5-2 ,but it was Radwanska who won their last meeting in Miami's hard-courts last March in a comfortable straight set victory. No one should overlook Venus' main strengths though - her power and athleticism is perhaps one of the best on tour and can beat anyone at any given day. Nevertheless, the Polish no. 1 has a very high degree of confidence going into the match having won a recent tune-up at the Brussels Open over the weekend. Radwanska is the slight favorite in this match-up with her recent form, but it will be no surprise to anyone if Venus wins in straight sets.
On the other hand, Azarenka will be all too keen to avoid the mishap that plagued fellow favorite Serena in her first round match. In her last outing, Azarenka lost the first set before coming back and focusing in the last two sets to beat an unseeded player. She committed numerous unforced errors to lose her first set of the tournament. Against the German qualifier Pfizenmaier, expect the top-ranked Belarussian to come out firing and she should progress to the third round untroubled and more consistent that in her last match.
In the featured women's matches in Court Suzanne Lenglen, the talented Petra Cetkovska and no. 24-seed goes up against Mathilde Johansson of France. Cetkovska made a name for herself in this year's clay season beating three top 5 players in Radwanska, no. 4 Petra Kvitova, and then no. 5 Samantha Stosur in Rome and Madrid. The French crowd will be heavily rooting for Johansson but Cetkovska will be too solid and will advance to the next round. France's best hope for a semi-finalist this year lies on the shoulders of France's no. 1 Marion Bartoli. Bartoli will play Petra Martic of Croatia in the third match at Court Suzanne Lenglen.
Two former French Open champions take to court aiming to gain entry into the last 32. No. 14-seed Ana Ivanovic, the 2008 champion goes up against Shahar Peer of Israel. Peer owns a perfect 3-0 record against Ivanovic and the Serb will aim to reverse that trend in their fourth meeting. 2009 champion Svetlana Kuznetsova, the no. 26-seed will play Yung-Jan Chan of Taiwan while 2010 finalist Samantha Stosur, the no. 6-seed, will battle rising American Irina Falconi. Also in action is new top 10 player Angelique Kerber of Germany who is aiming for a victory over Olga Govortsova of Belarus.
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