Venus Williams worked her way into the third round of the Australian Open after suffering an injury scare in the first set against Sandra Zahlavova. Medical treatment and a strapping around her right thigh helped, and the fourth seed returned to the court, bageled the world No.97 in the second set and worked her way through the third. Final score: 6-7(6) 6-0 6-4.
Williams managed to push her own boundaries when it comes to ugly tennis dresses. Last year her US Open fireworks dresses were trashy, but on Day 3 of the 2011 Australian Open she surpassed not only those pink and black dresses, but even her blue zipper dress from two days ago. Nothing is impossible, that’s what Venus is suggesting! Things can always get worse. The upper yellow part looks horrible, but a special touch of awfulness is provided by the undefined design/colors in the bottom.
Top seed Caroline Wozniacki advanced with a 58-minute 6-1 6-0 victory over Vania King. Wozniacki’s opponent in the third round will be Dominika Cibulkova, who won their last encounter, only last week in Sydney.
Maria Sharapova booked her place in the third round, with a 7-6(3) 6-3 win over Virginie Razzano, just as Justine Henin and Victoria Azarenka did. Henin beat Elena Baltacha 6-1 6-3, Azarenka beat Andrea Hlavackova 6-4 6-4.
Many other seeds also advanced, but here are those that fell in the second round action on Day 3: No.15 Marion Bartoli was upset by Vesna Manasieva, No.21 Yanina Wickmayer lost to Anastasija Sevastova, No.32 Tsvetana Pironkova was defeated by Monica Niculescu, and No.20 Kaia Kanepi fell to Julia Goerges.