Petkovic Upsets Rezai, Reaches QFs

Andrea Petkovic upset the No.5 seed and will next face No.1 seed Elena Dementieva.

Published February 11, 2010 12:00


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PARIS, France - Shahar Peer survived a day of upsets at the Open GDF SUEZ Thursday, as Francesca Schiavone and Aravane Rezai were both bundled out of the Premier-level tournament in the second round.

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In the first match of the day, No.6 seed Peer reached her third quarterfinal in four tournaments this year with a 64 63 win over qualifier Karolina Sprem. Peer reached the semifinals of Auckland and the final of Hobart in the two weeks before the Australian Open; she fell to Caroline Wozniacki in the third round at the year's first Grand Slam tournament.  Highlights: Peer vs. Sprem

Schiavone, the No.4 seed, couldn't conjure up the form that took her to a double bagel win in the first round, falling to Lucie Safarova, 75 62; No.5 seed Aravane Rezai followed the Italian to the sidelines after a 63 36 63 loss to Germany's Andrea Petkovic.  Highlights: Safarova vs. Schiavone

"It was a very emotional match for me. I know she is a fighter and at every point of the match I needed to stay focused because I knew she could come back at any moment," said Petkovic, whose 5-0 lead in the third set started to succumb to the surging Rezai. "I had a very bad weekend in Fed Cup - it was the worst experience of my career. I was crying the whole weekend. So this is very important to get me back - to take me out of this crisis and out of depression."

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Next up for Petkovic is No.7-ranked Elena Dementieva. Petkovic has had success against the Top 10 before though - she beat Svetlana Kuznetsova in Tokyo last September, a week before the Russian went on to win Beijing.

"I'm very excited to play her," Petkovic said. "I'm new on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour. The first half of last year I was playing ITF tournaments, so now every match I have against a top player is worth a lot to me."

Petkovic has her sights on the top flight of women's tennis but she also spends her time studying politics, and not just for fun: "I want to prepare myself for the future because tennis can end at 30, maybe even earlier if you get injured. I want to engage myself politically after my career as a tennis player. I'm not sure how - like if I'm going to be a writer or a reporter, or if I'm really going to find a policial party. I could start my own party because I have different interests than the parties we have now... I want to raise a voice for the youth in Germany.

"When I broke into the Top 100 for the first time a few years ago I was really excited. Everything was fine, fine, fine, and then I had the worst injury an athlete could have - I broke the ACL in my knee. I was out for eight months. So I started studying, working, doing internships, because I knew how fast it could end."

Agnes Szavay also advanced in the afternoon, beating wildcard Petra Martic, 62 64. In the last match of the day, Melanie Oudin continued to draw top form from a successful weekend in Fed Cup, cruising past Patty Schnyder in straight sets, 61 63.  Highlights: Szavay vs. Martic

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