Roberta On Track
Published April 14, 2010 12:00
BARCELONA, Spain - After three seeds fell by the wayside at the Barcelona Ladies Open on Tuesday, three more were eliminated in the second round on Wednesday, leaving just two left in the quarterfinal line-up at the $220,000 event.
Top seed Francesca Schiavone banked a routine 64 63 win over fellow Italian veteran Tathiana Garbin, and Spanish No.7 seed Carla Suárez Navarro beat Germany's Kristina Barrois in straight sets, 63 75. Only one of them will be left after tomorrow, however, as they are drawn to meet in the quarters.
Spain's highest ranked player, third-seeded María José Martínez Sánchez, was dispatched in a marathon three-setter by compatriot wildcard Arantxa Parra Santonja, 75 36 75. Next highest to fall was former champion and 2009 runner-up Maria Kirilenko, who as the No.4 seed was sent home early by Yaroslava Shvedova, 46 62 62. Sorana Cirstea, the No.5 seed, was beaten by Czech lefty Iveta Benesova, 61 64.
The remaining three quarterfinal berths were secured by a trio of players who won their first Sony Ericsson WTA Tour titles last season. Timea Bacsinszky (Luxembourg) beat Regina Kulikova; Alexandra Dulgheru (Warsaw) beat Sara Errani; and Roberta Vinci continued her Barcelona title defense with a victory over wildcard Laura Pous Tio. All three matches went the distance.
Two teams won through to the doubles semifinals. Errani and Vinci, the No.4 seeds, defeated Eleni Daniilidou and Jasmin Woehr, while Tatjana Malek and Andrea Petkovic beat Shvedova and Maria Kondratieva.