Southpaws Storm Into Second Week
Published January 22, 2011 12:00
MELBOURNE, Australia - Australian No.1 Samantha Stosur's quest for her home Grand Slam title came to an end on Saturday night as she was out-hit by powerful Czech left-hander Petra Kvitova on Rod Laver Arena, 76(5) 63.
Kvitova, the No.25 seed, fired 35 winners from all over the court - groundstrokes, serves, the net - to just 26 errors, rallying from 0-3 in the first set tie-break and taking out an erratic No.5-seeded Stosur. Stosur had 11 winners to 20 errors.
"I'm very disappointed not to win, but I actually thought I played really well. She played extremely well pretty much the whole way through," Stosur said. "I think it was a point here and there - she got the ones that mattered. It's a tough loss, but I can walk off thinking I played quite well and did everything I could.
"Every Grand Slam is tough. I'll take any of them. I'm not going to be picky or choosy. Hopefully one day it's going to happen. From this time a year ago I think I've played a lot better, handled myself a lot better and everything else, but I lost a round earlier. What do you do? That's sport, I guess."
Next up for Kvitova is No.22 seed Flavia Pennetta, who came from 63 42 down to beat No.10 seed Shahar Peer, 36 76(4) 64. Pennetta leads Kvitova in their head-to-head, 3-1, although Kvitova did win their last meeting.
Kim Clijsters had some tough moments too but was able to get into the second week. The No.3-seeded Clijsters hit 41 errors to just 13 winners but it was enough on the day to get past Alizé Cornet in straight sets, 76(3) 63.
"Alizé is a tricky player," Clijsters said. "Her forehand and backhand, it's like two different players almost. She has a lot of variety in her game. I felt a couple of times I didn't finish my points off well but I worked it out, stayed focused and mentally tough. You never play a whole tournament playing your best tennis."
Next for Clijsters is Ekaterina Makarova, who beat No.19 seed Ana Ivanovic in the first round and pulled off another upset in the third round over No.13 seed Nadia Petrova, 62 36 86. Makarova is now in the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the first time and will be playing Clijsters for the first time in her career.
Earlier in the day, Iveta Benesova also scored one for the lefties, upsetting No.16 seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova to set up a fourth round clash with No.2 seed Vera Zvonareva. Read more about those matches here.