Rome, Italy (Sports Network) - Wimbledon runner-up Agnieszka Radwanska was a
second-round upset victim Tuesday at the Italian Open.
Romanian qualifier Simona Halep upended the fourth-seeded Pole in 6-7 (2-7),
6-1, 6-2 fashion on the red clay at Foro Italico.
Another second-round affair saw eighth-seeded former Wimbledon champion Petra
Kvitova get past German slugger Sabine Lisicki, 6-4, 0-6, 7-5.
Meanwhile, former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki went by way of a first-round
upset, as Serb Bojana Jovanovski doused the 10th-seeded Dane 2-6, 6-4, 7-6
(7-5). Wozniacki blew a 5-2 lead in the deciding tiebreak.
Wozniacki has been struggling on clay, losing in the first round at last
week's Madrid Open and in her first match in Stuttgart, Germany last month.
Another opening-round upset of a former No. 1 came when Radwanska's younger
sister, Urszula, took out 15th-seeded Serb Ana Ivanovic 6-3, 2-6, 6-2; and yet
another seed was sent packing when Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro toppled No.
11 Nadia Petrova of Russia 3-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7-1).
Four other seeds avoided opening-round upsets, as No. 12 Russian Maria
Kirilenko rolled past Spaniard Anabel Medina Garrigues 6-3, 6-3;
No. 13 Italian favorite Roberta Vinci overcame Russian Elena Vesnina 6-7
(2-7), 7-5, 6-4; No. 14 Slovak Dominika Cibulkova fought back to beat France's
Kristina Mladenovic 1-6, 6-2, 6-2; and No. 16 American Sloane Stephens drubbed
long-time Italian favorite Flavia Pennetta 6-3, 6-3. Medina Garrigues is the
WTA's active leader in clay-court titles with 10.
Additional first-round wins came for Chinese Zheng Jie, Swiss Romina Oprandi,
German Julia Goerges, Belgian Yanina Wickmayer, and Americans Christina McHale
and Varvara Lepchenko. McHale bested Italian Karin Knapp 7-5, 6-2, while
Lepchenko leveled Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko 6-4, 6-2 on Day 2. Goerges is
rewarded with a second-round match against former world No. 1 Victoria
The winner of this $2.4 million event will collect $445,000.
The Sports Network