Seed No.20 Amelie Mauresmo of France defeated world No.134 Elena Baltacha 4-6 6-3 6-2 in the second-round match full of unforced errors.
The Australian Open champion Mauresmo started off well, breaking Baltacha in the third game. But Baltacha then won four games in a row for a 5-2 lead. However, serving for the set at 5-3, Baltacha got nervous and Mauresmo broke her serve. Still, the Briton eventually won the first set 6-4.
In the second set Mauresmo broke Baltacha at the very beginning, and despite many ups and downs of both players during the set, that initial break kept Mauresmo’s hopes of advancing alive, as it took the match to a deciding set.
In the third set Baltacha broke Mauresmo in the first game, and had a 2-0 lead, but since then the Frenchwoman won all the games and secured her spot in the third round of the Australian Open.
Other notable results so far on day 4:
Fourth seed Elena Dementieva advanced to the third round beating Iveta Benesova 6-4 6-1, seed No.18 Dominika Cibulkova crushed Yung-Jan Chan 6-0 6-2, while No.14 seed Patty Schnyder lost to Virginie Razzano 6-3 6-1. Victoria Azarenka, seeded 13th, advanced when her opponent Tathiana Garbin retired. Kateryna Bondarenko, whose upset of Agnieszka Radwanska in the first round has remained the biggest by now, made one more step further by reaching the third round. (photo: Stephane Martinache)
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