Li Beats Baltacha, Reaches QFs
Published August 04, 2010 12:00
COPENHAGEN, Denmark - Li Na got some good old fashioned revenge at the e-Boks Sony Ericsson Open on Wednesday, getting by Elena Baltacha in straight sets to reach the quarterfinals of the inaugural event.
Li, the No.2 seed this week, had lost her last two meetings against the big-serving Brit, at Indian Wells and Eastbourne earlier this year - but the story was much different in the Danish capital, as the Chinese No.1 broke serve three times - and never lost any of her own service games - to prevail, 63 62.
"I played her a few times this year, so I knew what to do," Li said. "I just tried to be aggressive on the court but still play safe, and that balance was the key."
In other second round matches, No.5 seed Julia Goerges improved to 15-1 since Wimbledon with a 63 62 win over fellow German Kristina Barrois and No.7 seed Klara Zakopalova rolled past Tatjana Malek, 60 63.
"Even though I didn't make it, I had chances against Bartoli in the first round of Wimbledon, and I knew I was playing well," Goerges said. "Since then everything has really worked. I went to a $100K tournament and won there - I had won there the year before and it was really nice, so I went back. Then I brought my form to Palermo and Bad Gastein and I'm really happy here.
"This is my best year so far, but I have to keep working. I don't want to stay at my career-high for five seconds. I want to keep getting better."
"Caroline's great," Goerges added. "If I play her, my goal is to beat one of these top players, so it would be a good experience. I've been improving."
The first round wrapped up as well, with No.4 seed Tsvetana Pironkova's post-Wimbledon struggles continuing with a 64 61 opening round exit to Anna Lapushchenkova, and Anna Chakvetadze's recent resurgence continuing with a 64 76(2) win over Johanna Larsson, a rematch of the Portoroz final from two weeks ago (Chakvetadze won that one much more easily, 61 62).
"Great atmosphere again out there. We would have liked to win, but the other team played well," Wozniacki said. "I'm looking forward to my singles tomorrow. I'm sure it'll be a great crowd again. Iveta has been ranked a lot higher than she is now - she's a great player. She's very aggressive, I can't just stand around."