Wickmayer Joins Top 2 in SFs
Published October 16, 2009 12:00
LINZ, Austria - The Top 3 seeds all won tight two-setters on Friday to advance to the semifinals of the Generali Ladies Linz. The No.4 seed wasn't able to join the top trio in the final four, however, falling victim to an upset.
Flavia Pennetta, Agnieszka Radwanska and Yanina Wickmayer all recorded tough straight set wins. Second seed Radwanska was the first to win, saving two set points in the second set tie-break and needing four match points of her own to dispatch No.7 seed Lucie Safarova, 63 76(9).
"It was very tight. Game by game it was 50-50," Radwanska said. "I knew I'd be in trouble if it got to a third set because I'm very tired, so I just tried to focus on each point in the tie-break. You never know what to expect in a tie-break."
Pennetta, the top seed, followed with a 75 62 win over Ioana Raluca Olaru. It has been a long season but the Italian No.1 looked as fresh as ever, particularly during a strong finish in the second set against the young Romanian.
"I played her in New Haven this year and the match wasn't this tough. She was playing very well today, especially the first set," Pennetta said of Olaru. "It's a very long season and we're all very tired, but I'm hoping to keep playing well, here this week and Moscow next week, and hopefully Doha. Then Fed Cup."
No.3 seed Wickmayer beat No.8 seed Sara Errani in the last match of the day, 75 63; earlier in the day No.4 seed Carla Suárez Navarro wasn't so lucky, holding set point at 5-4 in the first set but losing to Petra Kvitova, 75 64.
"Errani is a very tough opponent. She made me work for every point and I had to make three or four really good shots to win the point," Wickmayer said. "I served well today though, and even in the first set when I made some mistakes, I was still focusing well and pulled through in the end."
It will be two first-time meetings in the semifinals, as Pennetta faces Wickmayer and Radwanska plays Kvitova.
"I'm really excited to be playing Pennetta for the first time," Wickmayer added. "She has had a great year this year, making it to the Top 10, and I'm going to give everything I have to reach the final."