Published April 29, 2010 12:00
STUTTGART, Germany - Caroline Wozniacki's first match of the European clay court season didn't swing the way she wanted it, as the world No.2 lost to Lucie Safarova at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix on Thursday, 64 64.
Wozniacki, whose last tournament came two weeks ago in Charleston, where she injured her ankle and was forced to retire during her semifinal match, was the top seed here in Stuttgart; but she couldn't uphold the billing.
"I didn't feel like I could move 100% today, and if you can't move, it's difficult to win," Wozniacki said. "Lucie definitely played a good match. And although I hate to lose, the most important thing right now is to get 100% fit again."
It was a quick 64 64 - 66 minutes - with only two of the 20 games going to deuce (two of Wozniacki's holds). Safarova broke once in each set and lost just 13 points in 10 service games, never being pushed past 30 in any of those.
"I was trying to concentrate on each point. I was serving very well and my plan was to make her run," Safarova said. "It's nice beating the No.2 player. I don't think she was moving as well as she could, but from my side I played great."
Safarova was playing Wozniacki for the first time and recorded her fifth career win over a Top 5 player. Her first four all came in 2007 (she had two wins over Amélie Mauresmo, one over Svetlana Kuznetsova and one over Justine Henin - Henin, at No.2, was the highest-ranked scalp for Safarova previously).
In another upset, Anna Lapushchenkova beat No.6 seed Victoria Azarenka, 63 63, to reach her first career quarterfinal on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour. Lapushchenkova, a Russian qualifier, had never beaten a Top 10 player before - in fact, she had never won back-to-back main draw matches on the Tour before.
Other winners were No.4 seed Jelena Jankovic, No.7 seed Samantha Stosur and Justine Henin. Stosur beat tough clay courter Alexandra Dulgheru, 36 60 62, her ninth straight match win (she went 5-0 to win Charleston and 2-0 in Fed Cup). Henin won a tight two-setter against fellow Belgian and No.8 seed Yanina Wickmayer, 63 75, but not after nearly squandering a 63 51 lead.