Urszula Tested In Turkey
Published July 30, 2009 07:35
ISTANBUL, Turkey - Andrea Petkovic's remarkable fortnight continued Thursday, as she hammered Rossana de los Ríos, 61 60, in just 50 minutes in the second round of the Istanbul Cup. She has lost only four games in two matches this week, a week after dropping just one set in five matches en route to her first Sony Ericsson WTA Tour singles title in Bad Gastein.
The 21-year-old Petkovic, who lost to de los Ríos in their only previous encounter, had never even won back-to-back matches on Tour until last week, but now has a seven-match win streak. She looks to continue her run of success in Friday's quarterfinals against No.7 seed Olga Govortsova, against whom she is 2-0 all-time.
Also advancing to the quarters was third-seeded Anabel Medina Garrigues, the highest seed remaining in the draw, who defeated Turkish wildcard Pemra Ozgen, 26 62 60.
"I had never played her before. At the beginning of the first set I had a chance to go 2-1 up and I missed two or three easy winners, lost the game and she took confidence from that," Medina Garrigues said. "She plays differently than most of the girls on the Tour. She has slice, she has drop shots and she's smart on the court, so I think I needed one set to learn how she plays. When I found the right tactics, I think her level went a little down."
"I played her in Madrid and lost in two sets, so it will be a tough match," Medina Garrigues said on her looming match with Vera Dushevina, against whom she is 1-1 in her career. "She is a very strong player. She has a lot of power and likes to do a lot of rallies. I feel like I'm playing well, though. Tomorrow is my birthday and I want to enjoy the day. I want to do my best, and if I don't win, I'll celebrate anyway!"
Also Thursday, No.8 seed Lucie Hradecka got past Julia Goerges, 26 64 61, her first victory in three career matches versus the German, to set up a quarterfinal clash with Marta Domachowska. Urszula Radwanska edged qualifier Ekaterina Dzehalevich, 75 16 64, avenging a defeat in her only previous match-up with the Belarusian, which also happened to be at Istanbul, in 2007. In her second Tour quarterfinal of 2009, the 18-year-old will play Timea Bacsinszky.