Dokic Dispatches Pennetta In Den Bosch
Published June 15, 2011 02:27
'S-HERTOGENBOSCH, Netherlands - Flavia Pennetta was the sole seeded casualty at the Unicef Open on Wednesday, though she fell to an opponent with sound grass court credentials: Jelena Dokic, a former world No.4 who reached the semifinals at Wimbledon in 2000. Svetlana Kuznetsova, the No.2 seed, was taken to three sets by Sara Errani before joining Dokic in the quarterfinal line-up.
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After first round losses at Roland Garros and Copenhagen, 59th-ranked Dokic enjoyed her second straight sets victory of the tournament to beat fourth-seeded Pennetta, 63 64. World No.21 Pennetta had won both of their previous encounters, but the pair had never met on grass; Dokic's greater comfort on the green stuff told, 63 64.
In Thursday's quarterfinals, the Australian's first since her title run at Kuala Lumpur in early March, 28-year-old Dokic meets Johanna Larsson. In her second round match the rising Swede overcame the chip-and-charge style of Belgian wildcard Kirsten Flipkens, 62 57 64.
For her part Kuznetsova, who was helped by 12 aces in an otherwise statistically tight match against an opponent who served none, came within a few points of defeat against Errani. But having pocketed the second set tie-break the two-time Grand Slam champion powered to victory, 36 76(3) 61.
Earlier, No.3 seed Yanina Wickmayer recovered from being hit in the face by a tennis ball to beat Spain's Arantxa Parra Santonja 76(4) 67(4) 75.
Leading 2-1 in the second set, a ball ricocheted off the frame of the Belgian's racquet and struck close to her left eye. After play resumed Wickmayer lost the second set tie-break but bounced back in the decider to prevail after 2 hours 44 minutes. Later, she admitted it took her a few games to recover from the hit, "but by the third set I was fine."
In the last eight Wickmayer faces seventh-seeded Roberta Vinci, who needed just 56 minutes to move past Alexandra Dulgheru, 62 61. Dominika Cibulkova, the No.5 seed, took exactly the same amount of time to beat Germany's Kristina Barrois, 60 61, to set up a quarterfinal clash with Kuznetsova. Cibulkova has won their last three meetings, after Kuznetsova won the first three.
Thursday's other quarterfinal will be between Kimiko Date-Krumm and Romina Oprandi, who won their second round matches on Tuesday. Oprandi was Kim Clijsters' conqueror.
Also on Wednesday, unseeded Cibulkova and Pennetta beat Maria Kondratieva and Sun Sheng-Nan to reach the doubles final. They await the winner of Flipkens and Coco Vandeweghe against Barbora Zahlavova Strycova and Klara Zakopalova.