Second seed Maria Sharapova of Russia beat Severine Bremond of France 6-0 6-3. The result speaks for itself. Sharapova next meets Ai Sugiyama, who she beat on her way to her 2004 title.
Sharapova admitted that she still struggles with the shoulder injury. When asked if her shoulder would last the full two weeks of the tournament, she said: “I don’t know, we’ll see. It’s holding up but I’ll tell you when I am done playing here.”
No. 23 seed Venus Williams overcame Czech qualifier Hana Sromova 6-2 6-2. Sromova gave Williams a few problems with some crowd-pleasing drop shots and lobs, but the five-times grand slam champion was never unduly troubled.
No. 10 seed Daniela Hantuchova edged past Russian Elena Likhovtseva on Thursday, winning 7-5 7-6 to book her place in the third round. The 31-year-old Likhovtseva, whose career highlights have come on the doubles court where she has won 27 titles, was a real test for the Slovakian player. Hantuchova will next face Slovenian 19th seed Katarina Srebotnik.
Last year’s champion Amelie Mauresmo reached the third round with a comfortable 6-1 6-2 win over Austria’s Yvonne Meusburger.
Katie O’Brien, the only British woman to reach the second round, could not cope with the powerful play of Dutch 31st seed Michaella Krajicek. The half-sister of 1996 winner Richard Krajicek beat British number one 6-0 6-1 to move through to a third round meeting with Anna Chakvetadze, seeded eight.
Sixth seed Ana Ivanovic of Serbia defeated Meilen Tu 6-4 6-3. About this second round match Ivanovic said: “It was a very tough match for me; I don’t know how much the score indicates that, but it was a fight.” About her future tactics Ana said that she plans to be more aggressive because it’s useful on grass. (Ana’s website)
Below you can see all the remaining results of the fourth day. Just to point out that on Thursday five seeds — Dinara Safina, Tatiana Golovin, Tathiana Garbin, Francesca Schiavone , Martina Muller — were defeated by unseeded players.
DAY 4 RESULTS – second round matches
- No. 12 seed Elena Dementieva bt Iveta Benesova (CZE) 6-2 6-2
- Akiko Morigami (JPN) bt No. 13 seed Dinara Safina 6-4 7-5
- No. 25 seed Lucie Safarova (CZE) bt Eleni Daniilidou (GRE) 6-4 3-6 6-3
- Aravane Rezai (FRA) bt No. 29 seed Francesca Schiavone (ITA) 6-4 2-6 6-4
- No. 28 seed Mara Santangelo (ITA) bt Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) 6-0 7-6
- Victoria Azarenka (BLR) bt No. 21 seed Tathiana Garbin (ITA) 6-1 6-3
- No. 19 seed Katarina Srebotnik (SLO) bt Nika Ozegovic (CRO) 6-1 6-1
- No. 24 seed Alona Bondarenko (UKR) bt Agnes Szavay (HUN) 6-2 6-3
- No. 14 seed Nicole Vaidisova (CZE) bt Nicole Pratt (AUS) 6-3 6-2
- No. 5 seed Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) bt Bethanie Mattek (USA) 7-6 6-4
- No. 9 seed Anna Chakvetadze (RUS) bt Tatiana Poutchek (BLR) “6-2 6-1
- No. 26 seed Ai Sugiyama (JPN) bt Alize Cornet (FRA) 4-6 6-0 6-3
- Virginia Ruano Pascual (ESP) bt Tatiana Perebiynis (UKR) 7-5 6-2
- Tamira Paszek (AUT) bt No. 17 seed Tatiana Golovin (FRA) 6-2 3-6 6-1
- No. 15 seed Patty Schnyder (SUI) bt Roberta Vinci (ITA) 2-6 6-3 6-2
- Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) bt No. 32 seed Martina Muller (GER) 6-1 4-0 retired
- No. 11 seed Nadia Petrova (RUS) bt Sania Mirza (IND) 6-2 6-2 (sources: BBC, Reuters)