Maria Sharapova continues to roll this summer with her consistent play, which was on display yesterday when she defeated Daniela Hantuchova in three sets 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 at the Bank of the West Classic at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium on the campus of Stanford University. Coming off her Wimbledon finals run, Sharapova looks to be her old self where she was dominating her opponents left and right. This matchup for Sharapova was a good test for the number two seed as she is expected to play Serena Williams in the quarterfinals should Serena come through in her next match. Williams is unseeded in the tournament due to her severe ranking drop, hence an early possible clash with Sharapova. Serena must first get past Maria Kirilenko of Russia, who is not an easy opponent and will surely give Serena a run for her money.
There were no upsets for the seeded players that played as Marion Bartoli of France, Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland, and Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia, the three, five, and eight seeds respectively all advanced.
Other notable names still left to play are top seed Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, and number four seed Sam Stosur of Australia.
Yesterday’s match results:
►(2) Maria Sharapova (RUS) defeated Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) 6-2, 2-6, 6-4
►(3) Marion Bartoli (FRA) defeated Rebecca Marino (CAN) 6-4, 6-3
►(5) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) defeated Kai-Chen Chang (TPE) 6-4, 3-6, 6-0
►(8) Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) defeated Christina Mchale (USA) 6-4, 2-6, 6-3