by Karen, 

What a day of tennis.  As I am writing this, Muguruza has just lost the first set to Lucic-Baroni, Sabine Lisicki is making sure she makes it to the anticipated third round match against Sharapova, Sloane Stephens showed today why she is still being considered a contender and Venus Williams battled her way past a bee and Kimiko Date-Krumm to make her way to the second round. 

No. 2 seed, Simona Halep was given all she could handle against wildcard recipient, Danielle Rose-Collins.  After going down in a tiebreaker in the first set, Halep showed why she is the No. 2 ranked player in the world as she used all her skills to outfox her opponent, winning 4 games in the final 2 sets. Young Belinda Bencic took out 2009 semifinalist Yanina Wickmayer in straight sets and Camila Giorgi, up a set and a break and served for the match was ousted by Rodionova. 

This evenings matches promise some really good entertainment and I do hope they live up to expectations.   

Tomorrow’s matches features the top half of the women’s draw and sees the debut of defending champion and holder of the keys to the WTA Penthouse, Serena Williams. Williams will mark her defence of her title by facing wildcard, Taylor Townsend.  This one should be good. 

Day 2 OOP with Spin’s Picks in red are below:-

Serena Williams (USA) [1] v Taylor Townsend (USA) 

Francesca Schiavone (ITA) v Vania King (USA) 

Varvara Lepchenko (USA) v Alison Van Uytvanck (BEL) 

Mona Barthel (GER) v Shuai Zhang (CHN) [32]

Samantha Stosur (AUS) [24] v Lauren Davis (USA) – 3 setter for this one 

Pauline Parmentier (FRA) v Kaia Kanepi (EST) 

Coco Vandeweghe (USA) v Donna Vekic (CRO) 

Ajla Tomljanovic (AUS) v Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) [15] 

Flavia Pennetta (ITA) [11] v Julia Goerges (GER) 

Shelby Rogers (USA) v Maryna Zanevska (UKR) 

Nicole Gibbs (USA) v Caroline Garcia (FRA) 

Teliana Pereira (BRA) v A.Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) [23]

Casey Dellacqua (AUS) [29] v P.Mayr-Achleitner (AUT) 

Paula Kania (POL) v Qiang Wang (CHN) 

Karolina Pliskova (CZE) v Yvonne Meusburger (AUT) 

Alison Riske (USA) v Ana Ivanovic (SRB) [8]

Petra Kvitova (CZE) [3] v Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) 

Klara Koukalova (CZE) v Petra Cetkovska (CZE) 

Aleksandra Krunic (SRB) v Katarzyna Piter (POL) 

Jarmila Gajdosova (AUS) v Madison Keys (USA) [27] 

Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) [20] v Marina Erakovic (NZL) could be close

Elena Vesnina (RUS) v Yung-Jan Chen (TPE) 

Chanelle Scheepers (RSA) v Christina McHale (USA) 

Misaki Doi (JPN) v Victoria Azarenka (BLR) [16] (if she is not 100% could have problems

Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) [12] v Catherine Bellis (USA) 

Zarina Diyas (KAZ) v Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) 

Elina Svitolina (UKR) v Polona Hercog (SLO) 

Grace Min (USA) v Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) [17] 

B.Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) [30] v Ashleigh Barty (AUS) 

Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) v Monica Niculescu (ROU) 

Sorana Cirstea (ROU) v Heather Watson (GBR) 

Olga Govortsova (BLR) v Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) [7]

Match to Watch
Serena Williams v Taylor Townsend
Samantha Stosur v Lauren Davis 
Upset Special 
Olga Govortsova v Eugenie Bouchard
Fashion Focus

Not much into fashion, but I loved Sloane’s outfit today. Hopefully, I can get a better picture the next time she plays.  Jelena Jankovic channelled her inner Mystique today in her outfit.  Will post pictures in a separate post. 

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