Brisbane, Australia (Sports Network) - Serena Williams eased into the
quarterfinals of the season-opening Brisbane International, while Maria
Sharapova was forced to withdraw from the tournament because of a collarbone
Williams, this year's third seed, dominated in a 6-2, 6-2 rout of Frenchwoman
Alize Cornet. The American star has won her last 14 matches and will have a
day off before playing in the quarterfinals against the winner between Swede
Sofia Arvidsson and American Sloane Stephens.
Sharapova had a bye into the second round as the second seed and was set to
take on Australian Jarmila Gajdosova on Wednesday, but has been unable to lift
her shoulder above her head to serve because of the injury. The Russian star
is still hoping to play in the Australian Open later this month.
Gajdosova will still play her second-round match Wednesday against lucky loser
Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine.
A couple of top seeds were upset in second-round play Tuesday, as Sara Errani
and Petra Kvitova were each shown early exits.
Slovak veteran Daniela Hantuchova, a finalist at this event last year, rallied
past the fifth-seeded Errani with a 4-6, 6-1, 7-5 triumph, while Russian
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova pulled off a 6-4, 7-5 win against the sixth-seeded
Also Tuesday, Kazakh qualifier Ksenia Pervak followed up her first-round upset
of eighth-seeded Caroline Wozniacki with a 3-6, 6-2, 7-6 (8-6) win over
Poland's Urszula Radwanska.
Top-seeded Victoria Azarenka will be in action for the first time this season
on Wednesday with a second-round match against Germany's Sabine Lisicki.
Azarenka, beginning preparations to defend her Australian Open crown, had a
bye into the second round. She won this event in 2009 and was the runner-up in
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