The 2011 US Open women’s main draw singles 3rd round has been completed leaving just 16 players in contention for the title. The 1st round began with 128 players in action, 32 of them were seeded players, 16 were Qualifiers (Q) and 8 were Wild Cards (WC). The bottom half of the draw will play their round of 16 matches the day before the top half of the draw do i.e. No.2 seed and 2010 US Open runner-up Vera ZVONAREVA’s section of the draw.
Of the 16 qualifiers in the 1st round four of them won through to the 2nd round – Michaella KRAJICEK of the Netherlands, Romina OPRANDI from Italy and Laura ROBSON of Great Britain. The best performed qualifier was Silvia SOLER-ESPINOSA of Spain who made it to the 3rd round. The best performed wild card was American Sloane STEPHENS who made the 3rd round and the only other wild card to win a match was American Madison KEYS who was defeated in the 2nd round.
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Of the Top 16 seeds eight of them have already been defeated from the highest seed down – No.3 Sharapova, No.4 Azarenka, No.5 Kvitova, No.6 Li, No.8 Bartoli, No.11 Jankovic, No.12 A.Radwanska and No.14 Cibulkova. Amongst the undefeated players there are two former US Open singles champions (Serena WILLIAMS and Svetlana KUZNETSOVA) and a further two Grand Slam singles champions (IVANOVIC and SCHIAVONE) still in contention to be the 2011 US Open champion. The No.1 seed WOZNIACKI and No.2 seed ZVONAREVA have both been runner-up at the US Open in the past.
In the top half of the draw just one of the round of 16 matches lived up to its seeding i.e. No.1 WOZNIACKI versus No.15 KUZNETSOVA. Wozniacki, Kuznetsova and Ivanovic are the only players who have not lost a set thus far with World No.1 dropping the least games to date at only 12 games in identical fashion to men’s No.1 Novak DJOKOVIC. In the bottom half of the draw Lisicki, Peng and Niculescu are the only players who have yet to lose a set with Lisicki losing just 7 games so far.
Pictured above is No.22 seed Sabine LISICKI who lost in the 2nd round of the 2010 US Open 1-6, 6-7 (5-7) to eventual finalist and her next opponent this year Vera ZVONAREVA as she has set the ball in place in the early stages of her service motion. Zvonareva leads Lisicki 3-0 in previous matches but both matches in 2011 went to the 3rd and final set. The 21-year-old Lisicki came in to the US Open with a lot of success and self-belief after making the 2011 Wimbledon semi finals and won her second singles title this year the week before New York in Dallas in the USA.
The 1.78m Lisicki achieved a career high ranking of No.18 on the first day of the US Open this year. Lisicki became the first German to make a Grand Slam semi final earlier this year since Steffi Graf at Wimbledon in 1999. Lisicki has already eclipsed her previous best of making the 2nd round at the US Open and could lead the new charge into the quarter finals this year. Only Wozniacki, Zvonareva, Schiavone and Stosur of the last 16 made the 2010 US Open quarter finals.
The surnames that are bolded in the list below are the players who are playing in this round. Any player whose name is italicised, has her first name removed and has her surname in lower case letters is a seeded player who was expected to win through to the Round of 16 but has been defeated. The number in brackets that is added to a players’ name denotes they are a seeded player and what their seeding is.
The 2011 US Open women’s singles draw for the Round of 16 is:
- Caroline WOZNIACKI (1) v (15) Svetlana KUZNETSOVA
- Andrea PETKOVIC (10) v Carla SUAREZ NAVARRO (6) Li
- (4) Azarenka Serena WILLIAMS (28) v (16) Ana IVANOVIC
- (11) Jankovic Anastasia PAVLYUCHENKOVA (17) v (7) Francesca SCHIAVONE
The bottom half of the draw is:
- (5) Kvitova Monica NICULESCU v Angelique KERBER (12) Radwanska
- PENG Shuai (13) v (26) Flavia PENNETTA (3) Sharapova
- (8) Bartoli Maria KIRILENKO (25) v (9) Samantha STOSUR
- (14) Cibulkova Sabine LISICKI (22) v (2) Vera ZVONAREVA
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