Good Day For Anne
Published October 21, 2010 12:00
LUXEMBOURG, Luxembourg - Ana Ivanovic scored another impressive win at the BGL BNP Paribas Luxembourg Open on Thursday, but the tournament took a hit when top seed and former champion Elena Dementieva was forced to pull out of her second-round match against Polona Hercog because of inflammation to her right foot.
"I suffered the injury during the first round," explained Dementieva. "I was able to finish the match, but I the next day I felt worse. I've tried so many different things, but it just doesn't get any better. I'm really disappointed, and it's sad, because I feel so welcome here. But I just can't take the risk."
While Dementieva now heads to Doha for next week's WTA Championships, where she will be seeded seventh, Ivanovic, a 64 61 winner over Spain's Arantxa Parra Santonja, moves through to the quarterfinals of the event she won in 2007. Next up for the fourth-seeded Serb is eighth seed Julia Goerges, who booked her place in the last eight on Wednesday. Ivanovic also played Goerges in the quarters at Linz last week, going on to win the title.
The player Ivanovic beat in the Luxembourg final three years ago, Daniela Hantuchova, was less successful on Thursday, falling to a player she had beaten twice this season.
Seeded No.5, the 27-year-old cruised through the first set against Angelique Kerber. But the German lefty leveled and kept the momentum into the decider, breaking the Slovak for 2-1, and again for 4-1. Serving to keep the contest alive, Hantuchova saved two match points before capitulating, 36 63 61.
"She played really aggressively, and that put me under pressure to go for more on my shots," said Hantuchova. "That's when I started to make more mistakes. In the third set she played really well and didn't give me a chance."
Currently ranked No.143, London-based Keothavong has been blighted by injury over the last 18 months, most recently sidelined for three weeks by a hip injury sustained after the US Open, but also missing seven months with knee problems.
"I'm really chuffed," said Keothavong, who faces Iveta Benesova for a spot in the semis. "Patty's been playing really well the last couple of weeks, she has a lot of experience and is someone I've always looked up to. It's been a tough year, but this is a good win for me - it's nice for my confidence."
Though defending singles champion Timea Bacsinszky was beaten on Wednesday, the young Swiss kept her tournament alive with another win in the doubles. Bacsinszky and Tathiana Garbin, the No.2 seeds, beat Eleni Daniilidou and Jasmin Woehr in straight sets to reach the semis. Later, top seeds Benesova and Zahlavova Strycova edged Raquel Kops-Jones and Sania Mirza in a match tie-break to do the same.