Vesnina & Chakvetadze Score Upsets
Published October 19, 2010 12:00
The No.68-ranked Chakvetadze, who has been as high as No.5 in the world and has recently shown flashes of that greatness, had few problems against the No.11-ranked Li, winning in just an hour and 18 minutes, 64 62.
"She's a tough opponent and it was great I won. I don't think anyone expected this result from me but I always believe in myself," Chakvetadze said. "It feels great to get a win under my belt and especially in front of the home crowd."
Li had been playing well, reaching the semifinals of her own home event two weeks ago in Beijing. "I don't really know what happened. I wasn't feeling so good on the court. At the beginning I didn't play so well and she had a chance to get on top. I can't come up with an explanation, unfortunately I just lost today."
Li has a shot of making the field in Doha, although the first round loss in Moscow doesn't help that campaign. "Maybe Doha was on my mind so I was nervous. I'll wait and see what happens, it's not in my hands anymore."
"I think she was a little tight because she needed points for Doha," Chakvetadze added. "Maybe she put too much pressure on herself, which helped me."
"I'm happy to win and I'm glad a couple of other Russians also got through today, as yesterday was a bit of a tricky day for us," Vesnina said. "This is always a great tournament for me as it's my homeland, and it also marks the end of my season, so I will try my hardest to have great results here."
No.7 seed Alisa Kleybanova turned things around but nearly went the same way as Li and Pennetta, originally leading 62 53 but eventually having to fight off three match points at 4-5 in the third to beat Lucie Safarova, 62 67(4) 76(1).
No.6 seed Maria Kirilenko restored more order with a 62 62 triumph over Alexandra Dulgheru. Andrea Petkovic, Tsvetana Pironkova, Sara Errani, Vera Dushevina and qualifiers Mariya Koryttseva and Zarina Diyas also won.