Zvonareva, Rest of Seeds in Action Advance
Published February 12, 2009 12:00
PATTAYA CITY, Thailand - Top-seeded Vera Zvonareva, who did not have her serve broken in her 64 64 victory over Yaroslava Shvedova, led a barrage of seeds into the quarterfinals of the PTT Pattaya Open Thursday.
Next up for Zvonareva is a showdown with No.5 seed Peng Shuai, who won her second round match Wednesday. She has a 4-0 career record against Peng, who did win a set in three of those matches, including the most recent one in the final in Guangzhou last September. Zvonareva is seeking her eighth career Sony Ericsson WTA Tour singles title.
In the same half of the draw, No.7 seed Shahar Peer topped Yuliya Beygelzimer, 64 61, to force a clash with Vera Dushevina, who provided the tournament's only upset of a seed so far with a win over No.4 seed Sybille Bammer on Wednesday. Peer has defeated Dushevina in both of their career matches.
On the bottom half of the draw, No.2 seed Caroline Wozniacki was up 67(4) 62 30, when her opponent, 2009 Australian Open junior champion Ksenia Pervak, retired with a back injury. Wozniacki battled back from down 5-2 in the first set and 4-1 in the tiebreak. Next up for her is No.8 seed Magdalena Rybarikova, a 64 26 62 winner over qualifier Ivana Lisjak.
Also, No.6 seed Tamarine Tanasugarn, who is playing in her home country, handled Neuza Silva, 63 62. Her next opponent will be Sania Mirza, a 64 60 winner against qualifier Vitalia Diatchenko.
All quarterfinal singles matches will be played Friday. The only seeds missing in a draw that's held quite true to form are Bammer and No.3 seed Dominika Cibulkova, who withdrew before her first round match. Of the players left, only Peng, Dushevina and Rybarikova have yet to capture a Tour singles title.
In doubles action, Shvedova and Tanasugarn, the No.2 seeds, routed Nungnadda Wannasuk and Varatchaya Wongteanchai, 60 63, to advance to the semifinals, where they'll play Mirza and Mara Santangelo, the No.3 seeds. Beygelzimer and Diatchenko also advanced to the semis Thursday.