Goerges Grinds It Out, Reaches SFs
Published July 23, 2010 12:00
BAD GASTEIN, Austria - A day after ousting the No.1 seed, Alizé Cornet continued her charge through the draw in Bad Gastein, grinding out a three set win over Austria's Patricia Mayr to reach the semifinals.
Cornet, who had taken out Andrea Petkovic in straight sets on Thursday, recovered from losing the second set to beat Mayr, 62 67(5) 61. The two had played in the second round last year, Cornet winning that one, 36 64 61.
"I was two points away from the match in the second set, so I had to do it all over again in the third," Cornet said. "The crowd was very fair. They were clapping for beautiful points and supporting me like they were with her. I really enjoy this tournament and every time I come here I feel like I'm playing well."
Cornet is in her second semifinal of the year, making it this far at another clay court stop in Fès in the spring (falling there to Iveta Benesova).
Next up for Cornet is Julia Goerges, who survived a two-hour, 41-minute marathon against Anastasia Pivovarova, 64 67(5) 64. Goerges will also be playing in her second semifinal of the year, having reached her first just last week in Palermo, also on clay (falling there to Flavia Pennetta).
Cornet and Goerges will be playing each other for the first time.
The other two quarterfinals, played later in the day, featured the only two seeds left - and only one survived. No.2 seed Timea Bacsinszky placed herself as a firm favorite for the title with a 60 64 win over Sandra Zahlavova, while Austria's Yvonne Meusburger upset No.8 seed Anastasija Sevastova, 75 64.
Bacsinszky leads Meusburger in their head-to-head, 2-1, including 2-0 on clay - but in their only 2010 meeting, Meusburger prevailed Down Under.
"It's my second time in the semifinals here, and I'm so happy to do it at home," Meusburger said. "Timea will be tough in the semifinals but I won our last meeting and I'm playing aggressively. I've also won three rounds already."
Meusburger had her best Sony Ericsson WTA Tour result here three years ago, reaching her first - and so far only - final, falling to Francesca Schiavone.