After Safina and Ivanovic, an other former world number one was knocked out of the tournament: Jelena Jankovic was defeated by 54-ranked Shuai Peng.
Second seed Zvonareva was pushed to the limit by Serbia’s Bojana Jovanovski before recovering to win 1-6, 6-3, 6-1.
Kim Clijsters and Sam Stosur continue to impress and book their place in the third round.

On the men’s side, Nadal, Soderling and Murray progress easily to the last 32.

Seeds upsets:
Jelena Jankovic (7), Maria Kirilenko (18), Alisa Kleybanova (24), Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez (26), Michael Llodra (22), David Nalbandian (27), Thomaz Bellucci (30)

Aussie of the day:
The big Australian hope Bernard Tomic, defeated the much more experienced Feliciano Lopez in straight sets. The 2008 Australian Open junior champion is more known for his feud with Lleyton Hewitt than for his ATP results, but one say he has finally matured. He will next encounter world number one Rafael Nadal.

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Match of the day: Marcos Baghdatis defeats Juan Martin Del Potro
Juan Martin Del Potro is back from injury but not yet at his top. He lost to 2006 finalist Marcos Baghdatis in four sets 6-1, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3. The Cypriot will play Jurgen Melzer on Saturday for a place in the fourth round.

Matches to follow on day 5:
Svetlana Kuznetsova(RUS)[23] vs Justine Henin(BEL)[11]
Stanislas Wawrinka(SUI)[19] vs Gael Monfils(FRA)[12]
Nicolas Almagro(ESP)[14] vs Ivan Ljubicic(CRO)[17]

Kim Clijsters and Rafael Nadal didn’t waste any time on court today: Kim destroyed Dinara Safina 6-0 6-0 and Nadal cruised to second round after his opponent, Marcos Daniel, retired in the second set.
All the other favorites (Vera Zvonareva, Sam Stosur, Andy Murray, Robin Soderling) qualified easily for the second round.
Good news also for 2009 US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro who played and won his first Grand Slam match since his defeat against Marin Cilic in Melbourne last year.
So, all the big players seem to be ready to stop Rafael Nadal en route for his ‘Rafa Slam’.

Day 2 complete results

Seeds upsets: Ana Ivanovic(19), Alexandra Dulgheru(27), Ernests Gulbis (24)

Aussie player of the day: Alicia Molik
All eyes are on Sam Stosur this year, but veteran Aussie Alicia Molik staged a remarkable comeback to defeat world No.37 Roberta Vinci, 1-6, 6-3, 8-6, and become the third and final Australian woman to reach the second round at Australian Open 2011 (the others are Jelena Dokic and Sam Stosur).

Stat of the day: 0
3-time Slam finalist Dinara Safina became the first former number one player in history to suffer a double bagel at a Grand Slam. So Safina, time to work or time to retire?

Match of the day: David Nalbandian defeats Lleyton Hewitt
Those two old enemies didn’t disappoint: Nalbandian beat Hewitt in a five set thriller 3-6, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (1), 9-7. Lleyton Hewitt may harbour some regrets as he wasted two match points and converted only 7 of his 30 break points.
Both players won the same number of points: 193.

Matches to follow on day 3:
Gilles Simon(FRA) vs. Roger Federer(SUI)[2]
Janko Tipsarevic(SRB) vs. Fernando Verdasco(ESP)[9]
Stanislas Wawrinka(SUI)[19] vs. Grigor Dimitrov(BUL)

The No.5 seed in Melbourne, Sam Stosur will enter the event as Australia’s best hope and only seeded player.
It has been 28 years since the Australian Open was won by homegrown talent, not since unseeded Chris O’Neil surprised everybody for her one and only career title at the Open in 1978.
A former world number one in doubles, she was sidelined for about 9 months in 2007-2008 with the debilitating career-threatening Lyme’s disease. She recovered to regain her place in the top 30 in 2009 and since then she seems to have some kind of a second, more successful career.

Sam had a standout 2010 season, reaching the finals at Roland Garros and the Masters’ semifinals, and cracking the top 5. She is now a real threat in the Grand Slam tournaments.
Her 2011 season is quite caotic so far as she suffered two second round losses in Brisbane (lost to Jarmila Groth) and Sydney (lost to Svetlana Kuznetsova). She could face Zvonareva in quarter final and Clijsters in semies. But her biggest challenge will be to deal with the pressure.

Let’s have a look at the other contenders:

Caroline Wozniacki
She’s probably the player (apart from Stosur) with the most pressure on her shoulder as she has to prove she can finally win a Slam.
Her best result Down Under was a fourth round last year, so nothing impressive, but she proved her game is effective on hard courts, as she reached the final at Flushing Meadows in 2009 and the semies last year.
Wozniacki has a tough half of the draw with 5 previous Grand Slam champions (Venus Williams, Francesca Schiavone, Justine Henin, Maria Sharapova and Svetlana Kutznetsova).

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Defending champion Kim Clijsters cruised through the quarters but had to battle in quarters against French Open runner-up Sam Stosur and in semies against Venus Williams, to advance to the final. Winner in 2005 and 2008, it will be her third straight final at Flushing Meadows.

Round Opponent Score
R1 Greta Arn 6-0, 7-5
R2 Sally Peers 6-2, 6-1
R3 Petra Kvitova(27) 6-3, 6-0
R4 Ana Ivanovic 6-2, 6-1
QF Sam Stosur(5) 6-4, 5-7, 6-3
SF Venus Williams(3) 4-6, 7-6(2), 6-4

Even though Clijsters is the favorite, the Russian has been impressive so far: she hasn’t lost a set and beat number one seed Caroline Wozniacki in spectacular fashion. It will Vera‘s second Grand Slam final in a row as she reached the final at Wimbledon (she lost to Serena Williams)

Round Opponent Score
R1 Zuzana Kucova 6-2, 6-1
R2 Sabine Lisicki 6-1, 7-6(5)
R3 Alexandra Dulgheru(25) 6-2, 7-6(2)
R4 Andrea Petkovic 6-1, 6-2
QF Kaia Kanepi(31) 6-3, 7-5
SF Caroline Wozniacki(1) 6-4, 6-3

Kim leads their head to head 5 to 2, but Vera won their last two matches this year at Wimbledon and Montreal, each time in 3 disputed sets.

Year Tournament Surface Winner Score in final
2002 US Open Hard Clijsters 1-6, 7-5, 6-4
2006 Eastbourne Grass Clijsters 3-0 ret
2006 Wimbledon Grass Clijsters 7-5, 6–3
2006 Stanford Hard Clijsters 6–2, 3-6, 6-1
2006 Hasselt Hard Clijsters 6-4, 3-6, 6-4
2010 Wimbledon Grass Zvonareva 3-6, 6-4, 6-2
2010 Montreal Hard Nadal 2-6, 6-3, 6-2

The key of this final, like often in women’s tennis, will be the mental: the winner will be the mentally stronger player.

Who wil win? Please vote:

Who will win?

  • Kim Clijsters (42%, 10 Votes)
  • Venus Williams (21%, 5 Votes)
  • Other (13%, 3 Votes)
  • Caroline Wozniacki (8%, 2 Votes)
  • Sam Stosur (8%, 2 Votes)
  • Svetlana Kuznetsova (4%, 1 Votes)
  • Elena Dementieva (4%, 1 Votes)
  • Jelena Jankovic (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Vera Zvonareva (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Francesca Schivaone (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 24

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Upset of the day: Stanislas Wawrinka defeats Andy Murray
Wawrinka pulled out the biggest upset of this year’s US Open so far: he bounced 2008 US Open runner-up in 4 sets. Murray still can’t win when it really counts.

Match of the day: Sam Stosur defeats Elena Dementieva
Without a doubt one of the best matches of the tournament so far. They battled until 1:37 am, they both had match points, but in the end, the Australian prevailed 6-3 2-6 7-6.

Quote of the day: Tracy Austin about Sam Stosur and Elena Dementieva:

I think they’re hitting harder than the guys in the first match.

US player of the day: Venus Williams
Venus beat 7-6 (7-3), 6-3 and qualified for her 10th US Open quarterfinal (in 12 trips to Flushing Meadows). Her next opponent: 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone.

Stat of the day: 1
There will be at least one spanish player in semifinals as only Spaniards remain in the top quarter of the men’s singles draw: Rafael Nadal, Feliciano Lopez, David Ferrer and Fernando Verdasco. Tommy Robredo and Albert Montanes also qualified for fourth round.

Pic of the day: Kim Clijsters
Just impressive: Kim won her 18th straight match at the US Open Sunday, defeating Ana Ivanovic, 6-2, 6-1, to advance to the quarterfinals. Ivanovic never looked like a former number one and was completely outplayed.

Matches to follow on day 8
Fish vs Djokovic
Wozniacki vs Sharapova