No, Laura did not get injured as far as I know. The score was 6-1, 6-2, or either 6-2, 6-1. I was surprised since Laura won in La Canada last week. I did not see any of this match as it started after Julie Pullin began and ended before her match finished.
Julie started very slow in her match against Ansley Cargill, who is from Atlanta and had qualified for the Australian earlier this year where she lost to Venus in the first round. In the first set, Julie was spraying her groundstrokes and serving not so well. But she picked up her game in the latter stages of the first and then outplayed Ansley from that point forward.
Pullin's groundstrokes, plus her ability to come to net on some key points, gave her the match. Cargill's backhand is by far her weakest shot, but her game has improved considerably in her first few months on the tour. This is Pullin's third victory over Cargill in the last 6-8 months. Pullin's forehand repeatedly set up some winning points and forced errors, and her backhand was very steady over the final two sets. It was a good win for her as she has been struggling this year. She plays Terryn Ashley in the second round.
As the Pullin-Cargill match was very long, 3-6, 6-2, 6-4, I didn't see lots of other tennis, but here are some observations.
Tara Snyder is terrible. She was really berating the umpire in her match. In fact, she called the umpire a loser. To be fair, she said the umpire was also blowing calls in her favor as well in favor of her opponent, Maria Goloviznina. Still, her behavior was bad. I quit watching when she called the umpire a loser and rooted against her each time the score was called (You could hear scores from all the matches). As far as their games go, both are garden variety baseliners, although Snyder seemed to hit the ball harder today.
Anne Keothavong lost her final qualifying match. She was botching quite easy shots when I saw her play, which probably explains why she lost 1 and 1 in the last two sets. Keothavong was a bit vocal and self-critical. But then again, so would I have been had a missed some of the sitters she missed. She does have a bit of flare about her game, though, and wasn't afraid to come to the net.
I saw Jankovic briefly on a couple of occasions, first when she beat Baltacha and secondly when she was losing 5-2 to Vanessa Webb in the first set. Baltacha, by the way, complained a bit and played a fairly strong baseline game. Jankovic was just way too consistent for her. As for Jankovic's game, it, too, was mostly a baseline game. She didn't particularly hit the ball hard and I didn't really see a killer shot in her game that would allow her to break away from the pack. Oddly enough, she looked very Asian, which I surprised since I think she's from Eastern Europe. She was really struggling with her groundstrokes against Vanessa Webb, which is no mean feat since Webb's groundstrokes aren't the best in the business by any means. Still, Webb was playing very steady, slicing away at her backhand and ripping her forehand on occasion. She was also controlling the net, which had Jankovic in fits. Of course, it was also Jankovic's second match of the day, so she might have been a bit tired.
Terryn Ashley is a virtual newcomer to me. I've been seeing her name in Challenger draws for the past year and know she's had some doubles success. But I don't remember her for having a stellar career, and I'm not really sure where she came from. She plays a strong game, however, good groundstrokes, solid serve, and she's not afraid of the net by any means. She overwhelmed Jane Chi, who played a strictly baseline game.
Marie-Eve Pelletier (she who is very easy on the eyes) started strong agaist Mireille Dittman, then struggled mightily to claim the victory. Pelletier was really mishitting her groundstrokes, which is her bread and butter. Dittman is very tall and produces some surprising shots. She's not a very strong hitter for her size, especially her serve, but she's hard to get the ball past because she has fairly good court movement.
I saw the end of Christine Wheeler's loss to Francesca Lubiani, the Italian veteran who hits two-handed off both sides. Lubiani was too steady from the baseline, and that was about all there was to her game. Wheeler is very small (Coetzer like), but she generates amazing power off her serve. Even her second serve is fairly strong. As much as anything, Wheeler didn't play very smart, especially on overheads and volleys. She tried to play some shots that would have been difficult for Sampras. It's too bad, because this was her match to win and she could have used the win.
Also saw a little bit of Miho Saeki against Mirella Vladulescu, a Romanian native, German citizen and former??? U.S. collegiate player. Vladulescu also is very small and plays a heavy topspin. She also used an underhanded serve quite frequently, but I never saw her win a point with it. I believe Saeki had won the first set when I left. It was an entertaining match, but it was on a middle court and difficult to follow.
That's all for today. I hope to make it back Friday morning or perhaps tomorrow evening for some of the doubles action. Let me know if you have any specific questions.