Cibulkova Into QFs, Bartoli Too
Published January 05, 2011 12:00
BRISBANE, Australia - The second round came to a close at the Brisbane International on Wednesday afternoon, with Marion Bartoli making it to the quarterfinals - unlike all her fellow Top 4 seeds at the $220,000 event.
After No.3 seed Nadia Petrova's first round exit and the second round departures of No.1 seed Samantha Stosur and No.2 seed Shahar Peer, Bartoli - seeded No.4 - was left the favorite for the title, and she kept going with a win over Iveta Benesova, 61 36 60. Bartoli blew through the final set in 24 minutes; she has now won her last five matches against left-handers.
Other winners included Dominika Cibulkova, who closed out Roberta Vinci, 62 75; Petra Kvitova, who rallied back to beat Ksenia Pervak, 16 64 62; and Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, who beat Australia's Sally Peers, 64 61.
In an intriguing match between one of the WTA's most promising rising stars, Andrea Petkovic, and one of its most accomplished former stars working her way back up the ranks, Jelena Dokic, it was all Petkovic. The German outduelled the Australian from all areas, scoring a 60 61 win in just 46 minutes.
"I don't like making excuses but when you play a Top 35 player, you have to play great from the first point, and I didn't," Dokic said. "I felt like my first match was good here so I take a lot of confidence from that, but I've got a lot of work to do. There's still some time before my next tournament in Sydney."