Petrova, Two Other Seeds Move Into Quarters
Published April 08, 2009 12:00
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL, USA - A day after two seeds went down at The MPS Group Championships, all three seeds in action advanced to the quarterfinals Wednesday, including No.1 seed Nadia Petrova.
Petrova, who won this event when it was held in Amelia Island in 2006 and was runner-up in 2007, had little trouble with 14-year-old American phenom Madison Keys, who won her Sony Ericsson WTA Tour debut match Monday. The Russian's 63 62 victory set up a showdown with seventh-seeded Alona Bondarenko, who edged her sister, Kateryna, 46 64 63.
The series between the Ukranian sisters is now tied 3-3, with all of the matches being fairly close and three of them being extended to three sets. This time, Alona, who is two years older and seeking her second Tour singles title, broke Kateryna 10 times in 32 opportunities to match her career-best result at this tournament, a quarterfinal appearance last year. This was the first time the 2008 Australian Open doubles champions had played each other since 2006.
On the bottom half of the draw, third-seeded Dominika Cibulkova, a finalist at this event in Amelia Island last year, disposed of qualifier Anastasia Rodionova, 61 63, to set up a clash with Elena Vesnina. The Russian's 16 63 62 victory over Patricia Mayr sent her to the quarterfinals of this event for the first time in four appearances.
Thursday's schedule is highlighted by No.2 seed Caroline Wozniacki versus Virginie Razzano, fifth-seeded Aleksandra Wozniak against Sabine Lisicki and eighth-seeded Bethanie Mattek-Sands versus wildcard Daniela Hantuchova.