In the best match of the day, world number 87 Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) pulled off a remarkable win over this year’s number 1 player and my favourite to win Karolina Pliskova (CZE). The 3rd seed played well in the first set and everything seemed regulation. Rybarikova played a great variety of shots and her artfulness payed off as Pliskova couldn’t find the answers. The stunning 3-6 7-5 6-2 victory for the offbeat player against the strong favourite, is reminiscent of the shock Mischa Zverev gave Andy Murray in the Australian Open. Rybarikova will play Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) who is through after beating Viktorija Golubic (SUI) 6-1 2-6 6-3.
Number 1 seed Angelique Kerber (GER) made it through in 2 close sets against former semi-finalist Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) 7-5 7-5. She faces Shelby Rogers (USA) who knocked out 32nd seed Lucie Safarova (CZE) in 3 sets 6-7 6-4 6-3.
14th seed Garbine Muguruza (ESP) advances comfortably after beating Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) in straight sets 6-2 6-4. She will play Sorana Cirstea (ROU) who came through as Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) suffered an horrific injury to her knee, retiring at 1 set all 4-6 7-6.
In what was anticipated to be a hard hitting close encounter, 7th seed Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) made surprisingly easy work of her compatriot Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) who she’d shared many epic battles with in the past. Kuznetsova advances 6-0 7-5 to play qualifier and world number 265 Polona Hercog (SLO) who made her way into the third round after beating Varvara Lepchenko (USA) 6-7 6-2 6-2.
12th seed Kiki Mladenovic (FRA) was knocked out by Alison Riske (USA) 2-6 6-4 6-4 as both players complained about the playing surface being slippery. Riske will play fellow American 24th seed Coco Vandeweghe (USA), currently coached by Pat Cash, who eased past Tatjana Maria (GER) 6-4 6-2.
29th seed Daria Kasatkina (RUS) fell to Anett Kontaveit (EST) in straight sets 6-3 6-2, and will face the 5th seed Caroline Wozniacki (DEN). Wozniacki made short work of Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) 6-3 6-4.
Qualifier Petra Martic (CRO), who knocked out the 20th seed Gavrilova, continues through the draw beating Denisa Allertova (CZE) 6-1 6-4. She goes on to play Zarina Diyas (KAZ) who came through against Arina Rodionova (AUS) 6-4 7-6.