Anabel Ousts Top Seed Julia
Published February 23, 2011 11:45
ACAPULCO, México - With a top seeding in back-to-back weeks, Julia Goerges might reasonably have fancied her chances of walking away from this month's Latin American swing with a second WTA singles title to her name. But, just as she did last week in Bogotá, the 22-year-old world No.34 stumbled in the second round at the Abierto Mexican TELCEL on Wednesday, this time to Anabel Medina Garrigues.
Goerges would have expected a battle, though: Medina Garrigues is a far better player than her current ranking of No.92 would suggest - especially on clay, the surface that has yielded eight of her nine singles titles. Less than two years ago she was ranked No.16 in the world, and indeed until last year had not finished a season outside the Top 40 since 2003.
But at some point during the last 12 months the 28-year-old's confidence took a hit, not helped by a couple of relatively minor injuries. She finished 2010 with seven first round losses and that became eight in a row at Auckland last month, where she was easily beaten by Goerges. Arriving in México, Medina Garrigues had in fact won just one match in 2011, in qualifying at Sydney.
Putting all that behind her with a gutsy 64 76(6) defeat of the German, Medina Garrigues advances to the quarterfinals to play her young compatriot, Carla Suárez Navarro. The No.7 seed was given a workout by Romanian qualifier Madalina Gojnea before advancing, 64 63.
The other seeds in action also advanced, although No.3 Greta Arn was pushed by Renata Voracova, retrieving a 4-1 final set deficit to win, 63 26 64. Next up for the Hungarian veteran is Sweden's Johanna Larsson, who outlasted Bogotá runner-up Mathilde Johansson, 26 62 63.
Meantime, fourth seed Gisela Dulko eased past qualifier Silvia Soler Espinosa, 61 61. "There were a lot of long points, I felt better than in the first round and I hope to continue improving," said Dulko, who meets Laura Pous-Tio in the quarters. "This year I haven't had many victories in singles, but the confidence is coming."
Pous-Tio conceded just three games to Romania's Sorana Cirstea, while sixth-seeded Arantxa Parra Santonja moved into the last eight after her second round opponent, Lesia Tsurenko, retired in the second set with a lumbar spine strain. She plays countrywoman Lourdes Domínguez Lino on Thursday, after the Bogotá champion routed Pauline Parmentier, 61 61.