Kirilenko Toughs It Out, Sam Escapes

Maria Kirilenko was sharp in the third to beat Elena Vesnina. Sam Stosur saved match points.

Published August 24, 2010 12:00

Kirilenko Toughs It Out, Sam Escapes
Maria Kirilenko

NEW HAVEN, CT, USA - The first round wrapped up and the second round began Tuesday, with Marion Bartoli proving once again why she is one of the most dangerous players on summer hardcourts, pulling through right when she needed it most for a 67(4) 76(2) 63 win over Alona Bondarenko.

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Bartoli, the No.6 seed at the Premier-level event, was on court for an hour in the first set and another hour in the second, and at 3-all in the third it looked like anyone's game; but she has had strong results all summer long and that confidence kicked in from there, as she won the last three games at love.

"I played Alona in Cincinnati but here it's much windier," Bartoli said. "The weather is much different here on the east coast compared to the west coast. In California the weather was very nice, followed by Cincinnati, where it was over 100 degrees, and then Montréal was very rainy. Here it's cold and windy. It's very tough to be precise - you need to be able to adjust your game."

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In other first rounds, No.5 seed Yanina Wickmayer lost to Timea Bacsinszky, 63 61, but No.7 seed Flavia Pennetta got by Alisa Kleybanova, 64 64. Maria Kirilenko, Olga Govortsova and Anastasia Rodionova also advanced.

Kirilenko recovered from a second set loss and cruised past qualifier and fellow Russian Elena Vesnina in three, 61 36 61: "Elena started by making a lot of mistakes but in the second set my serve didn't work so well - I hit a lot of double faults and became too passive," Kirilenko said. "I changed my racquet at the start of the third and began to feel the ball again and play more aggressively."

At night the first second round match took the court, with No.2 seed Samantha Stosur saving four match points to escape Sara Errani, 61 36 76(4). Errani served for the match at 5-4 in the third set, holding her first two match points at 40-15 then another two on ad points right after it got back to deuce; Stosur kept on fighting though and eventually closed the nail-biter out in the breaker.

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