by Karen 
Oh Venus. Battled for almost 15 minutes to level the second set at 4-4.  Up 40-15 to move ahead 5-4. Double faults, 3 in a row.  Lost serve.  Up 3-0 in the decisive set.  Would go on to lose the next 6 games.  I understand that Venus was beside herself after this loss.  She wanted this win.  She had been playing really well in her lead up tournament, battling back from 5-1 down in the second set against Ivanovic in the final to force a third set.  
As most readers know Venus is a personal favourite of this site.  We have been, and will continue to support Venus no matter the results.  However, from a personal point of view, this loss hurts.  Many are those who say that Venus’ game has remained the same.  I disagree.  She is attacking the net more in an effort to shorten points and she is playing with way more topspin which gives her a greater margin for error on her shots.  
The fact of the matter is that Venus had many chances to win this match but credit to her opponent, Makarova, she came good on the big points.  Next up for Venus is doubles with her sister Serena.  Here is hoping that she is way more successful.  
Day 1 saw some upsets on the women’s side with Sara Errani (7) going down to Julia Georges in straight sets.  Petra Kvitova (6) going out to No. 88 Kumkhum and Roberta Vinci (12) going out to Zheng Jie. In what can be considered a mild upset, No. 23 seed Elena Vesnina went out in straight sets to Alison Riske. 
Ace’s Day 2 Picks 
Jankovic vs Doi – Jankovic
Kichenko vs Morita – Morita
Nara vs Peng – Peng
Petkovic vs Rybarikova – Petkovic
Cirstea vs Erakovic – Cirstea
Diyas vs Siniakova – Siniakova
Tsurenko vs Lepchenko – Tsurenko
Piter vs Halep – Halep
Suarez Navarro vs King – King
Voskoboeva vs Begu – Voskoboeva
Mladenovic vs Voegele – Voegele
Schiavone vs Cibulkova – Cibulkova
Cornet vs Hercog – Cornet
Giorgi vs Sanders – Giorgi
Ormaechea vs Knapp – Knapp
Mattek-Sands vs Sharapova – Sharapova
Radwanska vs Putintseva – Radwanska
Govortsova vs Duan – Duan
Witthoeft vs Minella – Witthoeft
Pereira vs Pavlyuchenkova – Pavlyuchenkova
Kanepi vs Muguruza – Kanepi (match of the day)
Babos vs Schmiedlova – Babos
McHale vs Chan – McHale
Dominguez Lino vs Wozniacki – Wozniacki
Stephens vs Shvedova – Stephens
Majeric vs Tomljanovic – Tomljanovic
Rogowska vs Duque-Marino – Rogowska
Svitolina vs Kuznetsova – Kuznetsova
Jovanovski vs Cepelova – Jovanovski
Scheepers vs Meusburger – Scheepers
Hsieh vs Zahlavova Strycova – Zahlavova Strycova
Larsson vs Azarenka – Azarenka
Spin’s Upset Specials

Schiavone vs Cibulkova -Schiavone 
Radwanska vs Putintseva – Putintseva
Stephens vs Shvedova – Shvedova ((match of the day)

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