Andy Roddick looked to be on cruise control against Lleyton Hewitt in the 2nd round of the Australian Open. Roddick easily won the first set 6-3 and was looking sharp when he pulled a hamstring. Roddick attempted to play through it, but was visibly restrained as he went on the lose the 2nd and 3rd sets before retiring from the match. Roddick was hoping for a good result in the event to boost his ranking back into the top-10.
The 2nd round was not friendly to the other American men at the Australian Open. Number 8 seed Mardy Fish fell in straight sets to unseeded Alejandro Falla. Fish looked completely out of sorts during match. Sam Querrey, Donald Young, and Ryan Sweeting all lost in Round 2. The sole American man left in the draw is John Isner (16).
The rest of the top-10 men all eased into the third round. Number 1 Djokovic won in straight sets over Santiago Giraldo. Rafael Nadal (2) breezed past Tommy Haas, No. 3 Roger Federer got a walkover against Andreas Beck, and No. 4 Andy Murray easily advanced over Edouard Roger-Vasselin.
The American women fared better, with 3 of 5 advancing to the 3rd round. Serena Williams (12) had no trouble getting past Barbora Zahlavova-Strycova in straight sets. Vania King needed 3 sets to upset 15-seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. Christina McHale also needed 3 sets to defeat Marina Erakovic.
Sloane Stephens was eliminated by 18-seed Svetlana Kuznetsova and Julie Hampton was decimated No. 4 Maria Sharapova.
Top-seed Caroline Wozniacki advanced in straight sets, as did No. 3 Victoria Azarenka. No.2 Petra Kvitova needed 3 to get by Carla Suarez-Navarro.
Texas Tennis Open winner Sabine Lisicki (14) eased past Shahar Peer and will face Kuznetsova in the 3rd round.