What should have been some ongoing stories at the 2012 Olymic Games ended early today in the first round, with the exit of Sam Stosur (twice), Li Na and--a bit less dramatically--Tamira Paszek, Dominika Cibulkova and Christina McHale.Stosur, seeded 5th at the games, was defeated 3-6, 7-5, 10-8 by Carla Suarez Navarro. Then, Stosur and partner Casey Dellacqua were defeated 6-1, 6-1 in doubles competition by Nuria Llagostera Vives and Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez.Li lost to Daniela Hantuchova, who beat her 6-2, 3-6, 6-3. Paszek, known for her excellent grass court play, was taken down 7-6, 6-4 by Alize Cornet. Cibulkova lost to grass court specialist (and all-around interesting WTA phenomenon) Tsvetana Pironkova, and McHale lost to Ana Ivanovic.Serena Williams, looking old-school elegant in red, white and blue, easily took care of Jelena Jankovic in straight sets. 2011 Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova not-so-easily took care of Kateryna Bondarenko, and gave spectators the now-expected second-set collapse. Oh, Petra.2nd seeds Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci won, as did the German team of Angelique Kerber and Sabine Lisicki, though Brits Laura Robson and Heather Watson took a set off of them.Elena Baltacha announced that she needs surgery on both ankles, and may retire from professional tennis. Baltacha has had more misfortune than almost any player I can think of, yet she has hung in all these years, despite serious illness and injury. She did win her first round today.
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