Alisa Bounced In Budapest
Published July 07, 2010 12:00
BUDAPEST, Hungary - After an upset-free first round, two seeds were sent tumbling from the GDF Suez Grand Prix in second round action Wednesday.
Top seed Alisa Kleybanova was one of those, however, her 64 63 defeat at the hands of Patty Schnyder was an upset on paper only, as the Swiss also won all three of the previous encounters between the two, including most recently, in the quarterfinals here last year. Schnyder appears to have shaken off her first round losses from her last two events, Roland Garros and Wimbledon, and is into her first Sony Ericsson WTA Tour quarterfinal since Fès in April.
Next up for Schnyder is eighth-seeded Polona Hercog, who rallied from a 64 30 deficit to edge Catalina Castaño, 46 64 64. Hercog raised her record to 3-1 in the series and get revenge for the last time they played when Castaño was victorious in the first round in Bogotá earlier this year. This is the furthest Hercog has gone in an event since her runner-up showing in Acapulco in February.
Also advancing to the quarters was Anastasija Sevastova, who routed No.5 seed Peng Shuai, 61 61. The Latvian also won the only previous clash between the two, in the semifinals of Estoril in May en route to her first career Tour singles title.
The match between second-seeded Alexandra Dulgheru and Anna Chakvetadze was suspended by darkness tied at a set apiece. It will be completed Thursday, as will the other four remaining second round matches.