Contrary to the Moorilla Hobart International where not even one seeded player reached the quarterfinals, the seeds at the Medibank International Sydney were doing strong in their second-round matches. Actually, six of the quarterfinalists are seeded players.
Top seed Serena Williams cruised past Italian Sara Errani 6-1 6-2 in 50 minutes. Good for Williams. Her first-round match was everything but easy, as she had to save four match points against Samantha Stosur.
Svetlana Kuznetsova was pushed to the limit by Estonian Kaia Kanepi, while Dinara Safina, Elena Dementieva, Agnieszka Radwanska and Caroline Wozniacki are safely through to the last eight of the season’s first Premier series event.
Quarterfinal pairs at the Sydney International include: Serena Williams vs. Caroline Wozniacki, Elena Dementieva vs. Agnieszka Radwanska, Svetlana Kuznetsova vs. Ai Sugiyama, Alize Cornet vs. Dinara Safina. (source: Sony Ericsson WTA Tour, photo by our dear reader Jacob who attended the tournament)