2012 Madrid Open: Serena Williams, Nicolas Amalgro Advance On Day 2

By IndepthAfrica
In Sports
May 7th, 2012

Serena Williams of the U.S. serves the ball to Elena Vesnina of Russia during their women's singles match at the Madrid Open tennis tournament May 7, 2012. REUTERS/Susana Vera (SPAIN - Tags: SPORT TENNIS)

The 2012 Madrid Open continued with first and second round men’s and women’s singles action on Monday. Ninth-seeded Serena Williams scored an easy victory over Elena Vesnina to advance. Williams fired off 13 aces and 40 winners to take down the over-matched Russian 6-3, 6-1 early in the day. The win set up a match with another Russian, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, in the second round.

On the men’s side, the 11th-seeded Nicolas Amalgro was the highest-ranked player in play on Day 2 with Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Co. earning first-round byes. Amalgro dropped his first set to Santiago Giraldo before taking the next two sets to move on with a 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 6-3 victory. He saved set point four times before finally firing long to drop the first set to Giraldo. Amalgro found his footing on the slippery court afterwards, however, and will move on to face the winner between Marcel Granollers and Carlos Berlocq in the second round.

In other notable scores, No. 3 Petra Kvitova took down Marina Erakovic to advance to the third round of the women’s draw.

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