Jovanovski, Dokic Set Up QF Showdown
Published March 02, 2011 04:33
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Bojana Jovanovski and Urszula Radwanska played for the first time in qualifying for last week's event in Doha. The Serb prevailed then in a nail-biter, 13-11, in a third set tie-break.
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Just over a week later, the two were at it again, this time with a berth in the BMW Malaysian Open quarterfinals at stake. Once again, Jovanovski survived a thriller, 16 75 64, rallying from a 61 42 deficit.
"It was so hot today, and I didn't have too much time to prepare for these conditions," said the 19-year-old Jovanovski, who is the second-highest ranked teen in the world at No.55. "I came from Doha, where it wasn't nearly as hot and I played a long match today. So I'm very glad I won."
Jovanovski has only been in one previous quarterfinal, beating Flavia Pennetta in Sydney earlier this year en route to a semifinal showing, her career-best result. This time she will take on Jelena Dokic.
"I will try to be recovered and ready for that match," the eighth-seeded Jovanovski said. "I will try to serve better to get some easy points. Jelena is a good player. It will be an interesting match for sure."
As for Dokic, she followed up her first round upset of No.1 seed Francesca Schiavone with a 36 76(6) 62 defeat of Kurumi Nara. The Japanese served for the match at 6-5 in the second set and was two points from victory at 6-6 in the second set tie-break before Dokic took charge.
"I'd never played her before. I didn't know what to expect and how to play her," Dokic said. "She was really getting everything back. She didn't make one mistake until the third set. I knew if I won the second set I would have a chance in the third. I really fought to the end in that second set and it paid off."
Also advancing Wednesday were sixth-seeded Ayumi Morita and qualifier Anne Kremer. This is Morita's best showing since she was a semifinalist here last year and Kremer is into her first quarterfinal since Budapest in 2007.
"Today's match was my fifth match in five days, so I am quite exhausted, as it has been quite tough playing through the qualifiers," Kremer said. "I will rest for a day before my next match, so hopefully that will do me good."