Five of Top 10 Advance on Wednesday Afternoon

August 12, 2009 03:00 PM
MASON - Five of the top 10 players in the world were winners on Wednesday afternoon in second round action at the 2009 Western & Southern Financial Group Women's Open.

These results have set the stage for some very intriguing matches on Thursday.

Fourth seed and 2008 Olympic gold medalist Elena Dementieva was the highest seeded winner during the afternoon session as she downed qualifier Yanina Wickmayer 6-3 6-4 in 80 minutes.

Dementievea will face rising star Sonara Cirstea who defeated Anna-Lena Groenefeld 6-3 6-2.

“You know, I was really excited to play against her,” Dementieva said.  “She was playing very well and just think she has really lots of talent.  I did expect a tough match against her. So, yeah, I'm satisfied with the result today.”

The 2008 US Open finalist Jelena Jankovic, the fifth seed, outlasted wild card Maria Kirilenko 7-6(6) 6-3.

“It was a tough match, especially it's first round.  First match for me, it's never easy.  It takes time to get used to the conditions

Jankovic's win sets up a battle against another Top 10 player, Victoria Azarenka, who defeated 2007 champion Anna Chakvetadze 6-4 62.

“If you go far in the tournament you're obviously gonna play somebody from the top 10,” Azarenka said. “This year I've been doing some good results in the tournaments and had to play a lot of top 10 players. I had good and bad results against almost all of them this year.“

The 2006 Cincinnati champion and seventh seed Vera Zvonareva needed 2:26 to get past Alisa Kleybanova 6-4 1-6 7-5. That sets up a match against 2005 Cincinnati semifinalist Daniela Hantuchova, who advanced with a 7-5 1-6 6-4 win over Alona Bondarenko.

The last Top 10 player to win during the day on Wednesday was No. 8 seed Caroline Wozniacki who defeated Aleksandra Wozniak 4-6 6-4 6-4.

Also winning on Wednesday was former World No. 1 Kim Clijsters, who moved to 2-0 since her comeback with a 6-2 7-5 win over 2005 Cincinnati champion Patty Schnyder.

Clijsters will now face Svetlana Kuznetsova, who had won on Tuesday.

Flavia Pennetta extended her winning streak to 13-straight matches with a 6-2 6-4 win over Agnes Szavay and will now face Venus Williams on Thursday.

Two seeded players stumbled on Wednesday. Melinda Czink took out No. 11 Ana Ivanovic 7-6(6) 7-5, and Sybille Bammer defeated No. 13 Agnieszka Radwanska 6-0 7-5.

Here's a look at the full results from Wednesday (as of 7 p.m.):

(4) Elena Dementieva (RUS) d (Q) Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) 6-3 6-4
(5) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) d (WC) Maria Kirilenko (RUS) 7-6(6) 6-3
(7) Vera Zvonareva (RUS) d Alisa Kleybenova (RUS) 6-4 1-6 7-5
(8) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) d Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) 4-6 6-4 6-4
(9) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d Anna Chakvedtadze (RUS) 6-4 6-2
Melinda Czink (HUN) d (11) Ana Ivanovic (SRB) 7-6(6) 7-5
Sybille Bammer (AUT) d (13) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) 6-0 7-5
Shuai Peng (CHN) d Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez (ESP) 5-7 6-2 6-1
(WC) Kim Clijsters (BEL) d Patty Schnyder (SUI) 6-2 7-5
Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) d Alona Bondarenko (UKR) 7-5 1-6 6-4
Sonara Cirstea (ROU) d Anna-Lena Groenefeld (GER) 6-3 6-2

Maria Kirilenko (RUS) / Elena Vesnina (RUS) d Chia-Jung Chuang (TPE) / Zi Yan (CHN) 6-4 6-0

(2) Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) / Ai Sugiyama (JPN) d (WC) Melanie Oudin (USA) / Shenay Perry (USA) 6-3 6-2
Vera Dushevina (RUS) / Anastasia Rodionova (RUS) d (3) Su-Wei Hsieh (TPE) / Shuai Peng (CHN) 1-6 6-4 10-6