Cornet Takes Down Top Seed
Published July 22, 2010 12:00
BAD GASTEIN, Austria - Both quarterfinals on the top half of the Nürnberger Gastein Ladies draw will be seedless after two seeds were eliminated in straight sets in second round action on Thursday.
After a 2009 in which she struggled to a 20-28 match record, with her best result being a semifinal showing here, Alizé Cornet has had a more consistent 2010, highlighted by a semifinal showing in Fès, to go along with three quarterfinal appearances. Now she is into yet another quarterfinal after dispatching No.1 seed and defending champion Andrea Petkovic, 62 75, despite being down 5-3 in a second set in which she fought off three set points. It was hardly an upset, though, as Cornet only lost one game to the German in their only previous match-up, in the second round of the 2009 Australian Open.
"Alizé played a great match," Petkovic said. "She played nearly as well as she did in her best days. In the second set I had my chances, but didn't take advantage. I'm sad, but I have to just look to the future and go on."
Check out pics from the Bad Gastein player party here!The 20-year-old Cornet, who reached her career-high ranking of No.11 in February 2009 and is currently No.81, will next play wildcard Patricia Mayr. She defeated the Austrian in the second round here last year in their only clash so far. Mayr topped No.7 seed Tathiana Garbin, 64 64, on Thursday.
"In the second set I was a little bit tired, but then I got my focus back and I won and I'm very happy," said Mayr, who will match her career-best result on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour - a semifinal showing in Bogotá last year - if she gets past Cornet on Friday.
On the bottom half of the draw, Julia Goerges, a semifinalist last week in Palermo, will have a shot at another final four after getting past Mariya Koryttseva, 62 75. Also advancing was Yvonne Meusburger, who edged Lucie Hradecka, 75 75, to reach her first quarterfinal on Tour since this event last year.
"I love playing at home," said Meusburger, a native Austrian. "I always play well here. I'm so happy that I got through."