Jelena Edges Kim, Reaches QFs
Published August 20, 2009 11:59
TORONTO, Canada - The skies opened up over Toronto on Thursday but it wasn't strong enough to keep the stars of the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour from completing their schedule, as all eight round of 16 matches took the court. Serena Williams moved through safely. Toronto: Thursday Highlights
Williams, seeded No.2 at the Premier-level event, recovered from a second set blip to get past Alona Bondarenko in straight sets, 61 64. Williams built a 61 20 lead and looked en route to a blowout; Bondarenko won three games in a row and was back on serve but Williams broke again for 5-4 and served the match out to move into the quarters. Highlights: S.Williams vs. A.Bondarenko
Next up for Williams is qualifier Lucie Safarova, who followed up her second round win over No.11 seed Ana Ivanovic with a 76(3) 64 third round win over Zheng Jie. Williams is 2-0 lifetime against Safarova, both meetings coming in early 2007 - a tight 63 36 76(5) win in Hobart and a 63 64 win in Miami.
The next-highest seed left in the draw, No.4 seed Elena Dementieva, survived a 61 16 64 nail-biter against Shahar Peer, watching a 4-1 third set lead become 4-4 before taking two close games to finish off the tenacious Israeli. Next in the quarterfinals, Dementieva will face Samantha Stosur, who won an all-unseeded match-up against Virginie Razzano comprehensively, 63 61.
"Losing to Jankovic in Cincinnati after having four match points, it's just not enough for me. I really need five or more," joked Dementieva, who clinched the win over Peer on her fifth match point. "From now on, every time I have a match point and finish the game there, I'll feel lucky."
Dementieva is 3-1 lifetime against Stosur but Stosur's win came in their last meeting, a three set win in the third round of Roland Garros this year.
Other winners in the day were No.14 seed Agnieszka Radwanska, a 75 63 winner over qualifier Kateryna Bondarenko, and Alisa Kleybanova, who beat Aravane Rezai, 63 64. Highlights: A.Radwanska vs. K.Bondarenko
"It was a very tough match. The beginning of the match was very tight, and at the end of the first set I was in trouble. In the end of the match it got tight again but I think in the important moments I played better," Radwanska said. "Kateryna is a very tough opponent." Interview: A.Radwanska
The night session kicked off with Maria Sharapova beating No.7 seed Vera Zvonareva, 62 76(3), followed by No.5 seed Jelena Jankovic ending the run of Kim Clijsters, a wildcard into the draw, 16 63 75, despite trailing 5-3 a very dramatic deciding set. Highlights: Sharapova vs. Zvonareva
"I have had a lot of rain delays in my career but probably not because of a tornado," Sharapova said afterwards. "But I guess the good thing about that is it kind of passes through and once it's out of there, you can start playing. It was good knowing we were around cement in the player's area.
"This is definitely a great result. I've played three great opponents and I have another one tomorrow. You hope with each match you can raise your level."
Jankovic will next face Kleybanova, whom she has never faced before, while Radwanska will face Sharapova, against whom she is 1-2. Her win came at the US Open in 2007; her two losses came at Istanbul in 2007 and Doha in 2008.