Bali Round Robin Takes Shape
Published November 05, 2009 03:08
BALI, Indonesia - None of the four seeds were in action on the second day of round robin play at the Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions, but with every match mattering in this tight round robin contest, two players saw their chances of progression sink.
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First among Thursday's winners was Group A's Shahar Peer, who survived a second set surge by Magdalena Rybarikova before closing it out in a tie-break, 61 76(4). "I started to become a little defensive at 4-1," explained Peer, "but I managed to find a way to get out of it and I'm happy to win in two sets." Interview: Magdalena Talks Bratislava
That scoreline could, indeed, prove critical in the final standings, as sets won will become a factor if group rivals have won the same number of matches. But there will be no such worries for Aravane Rezai, who followed up Wednesday's upset of Sabine Lisicki with defeat of Melinda Czink, 63 75. Lisicki and Czink play on Friday, but they cannot catch the Frenchwoman in Group D. Interview: Melinda on Budapest and Szavay
Things are rather more up in the air in Group C, after wildcard Kimiko Date Krumm beat Anabel Medina Garrigues, 64 63. Having beaten the Spaniard in the final at Seoul last month, the Japanese icon said she had "clear tactics, to force her backhand and mix it up, hitting down the middle and then wide."
To see if she has done enough to qualify for the semis, Date Krumm must now await the winner of Friday's match between Medina Garrigues and Yanina Wickmayer.
The day's other winner was Spanish lefty María José Martínez Sánchez, who played her first match of the event against Agnes Szavay. Although Szavay took the first set the Spaniard finished the stronger, 46 64 60.
"Samantha is playing very well at the moment, but I'll try my best," said Martínez Sánchez of her next Group B opponent, second-seeded Sam Stosur. "I'll have to concentrate from the beginning of the match if I'm going to win - today I woke up late, but better late than never!"
Friday's other match sees Peer take on top seed Marion Bartoli, who beat Rybarikova on Wednesday. With two losses apiece, Szavay and Rybarikova can embrace their off-seasons.
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