Quarterfinal Line-Up Set
Published July 15, 2010 12:00
PRAGUE, Czech Republic - At the start of the week, nine Czechs featured in the draw of the ECM Prague Open by Glanzis. Two of them have made it to the last eight at the $220,000 International tournament: Lucie Hradecka and Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, who are both better known for their doubles prowess.
Far from being cowed by the pressure of home crowd expectations, Hradecka, a 61 62 second round winner over Monica Niculescu on Thursday, is lapping up the attention.
"I love playing in Prague," said the 25-year-old lefty. "I was born here and my family can watch me here, which is great motivation for me. Today I served very well. I've been working on my serve with my coach in the last few weeks. Today's match was quite short so I didn't use too much energy, and that's good for my next match."
Next up for Hradecka is fifth seed Anabel Medina Garrigues, who reached her second quarterfinal in as many weeks when she beat Colombia's Catalina Castaño, 64 62.
Budapest champion and No.7 seed Agnes Szavay extended her match win streak to seven by holding off another Czech lefty, Iveta Benesova, 61 75. Benesova, whose first round win had represented her first match victory in six tournaments, was succinct in her assessment of her performance: "The first set was terrible. The second set was better but I made a lot of simple mistakes. It was the same as in the last few months - I have chaos in my tennis."
In the quarters Szavay will play Slovenia's Polona Hercog, who advanced when second-seeded Romanian Alexandra Dulgheru withdrew with a knee injury before their match.
Swiss veteran Patty Schnyder advanced to the last eight courtesy of a 62 61 win over Alizé Cornet, and will play 20-year-old Georgian Anna Tatishvili, who secured her first Tour quarterfinal berth on Wednesday. The other quarterfinal features No.8 seed Zahlavova Strycova against Sweden's Johanna Larsson.
The doubles semifinals have also been set, with third-seeded Szavay and Niculescu to face Ekaterina Dzehalevich and Tatiana Poutchek, and No.4 seeds Klaudia Jans and Alicja Rosolska up against Timea Bacsinszky and Tathiana Garbin.