Bethanie Mattek-Sands followed up her sensational victory over Ana Ivanovic by beating compatriot Vania King on to progress into the third round of the Madrid Open.
The 26 year-old, who is well renowned for her eccentric fashion sense on court, delivered the goods once more on Tuesday to see off qualifier King in straight sets.
Mattek-Sands dominated King’s second serve throughout the match and that was key to her securing a very comfortable 6-0 6-2 success, although King indeed made matters much worse for herself by serving up six horrendous double faults.
The World No.41 is now likely to meet Italian and reigning French Open champion Francesca Schiavone n the last 16, whom she has already beaten at the Hopman Cup on clay earlier this year.
Mattek-Sands is still in search of her first major title on the women’s tour but recent displays and results are clearly showing that silverware may not be that far around the corner for the player from Rochester, Minnesota.
The American will be ultra confident of claiming another big scalp should she take on Schiavone later in the week, a triumph which would undoubtedly add another great boost to her credentials and prospects of mixing things up on the women’s tour on a more regular basis.
Most notably, Mattek-Sands will be even more elated with her current exploits due to her previous poor record on clay, with second round efforts at Roland Garros being all she really has to show on her resume.
Further success for Mattek-Sands in the coming weeks could well see her elevated up the World Rankings – potentially enabling her to be seeded for the French Open, allowing her the chance of a longer run in the tournament.
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