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Virginie Victorious In Round 2

Virginie Razzano upset Elena Baltacha at the Citi Open on Wednesday to earn her first quarterfinal berth since her fiancé passed away.

Published July 27, 2011 11:34

Virginie Victorious In Round 2
Virginie Razzano

COLLEGE PARK, MD, USA - Virginie Razzano is into a quarterfinal for the first time since her coach and fiancé, Stéphane Vidal, passed away from a brain tumor a little over two months ago. The Frenchwoman beat sixth-seeded Elena Baltacha, 64 62, in second round action Wednesday at the Citi Open.

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"I'm feeling strong. I don't have stress, just good stress being on the court," Razzano said. "After I lost my fiancé, who was the most important thing in my life, playing a tennis match didn't seem as important anymore. It's just my job."

Razzano has her sights set much higher than just reaching quarterfinals.

"I'm trying to come back to the Top 20. It's my place," said the 81st-ranked Razzano, who achieved her career-best of No.16 in September 2009. "I have the game to come back. I don't have a lot of time to go up this year but by the end of 2012, maybe Top 10 or Top 20. I want to play a lot. I didn't play a lot when my fiancé was very sick. One week I would be home with him and the next at a tournament. It was hard. I win for him and for me. First for him, then for me.

"I want to win some tournaments. And why not a Grand Slam? I have many years left to play. My body is in good shape. I'm only 28. Now it is the experienced players winning Grand Slams. More power and more experience."

Next up for Razzano is Irina Falconi, who booked a quarterfinal berth for the first time in her career when Zhang Shuai retired with heat illness after losing the first to the American.

Also Wednesday, No.2 seed Nadia Petrova routed 17-year-old Eugénie Bouchard, 62 62, in 52 minutes. Not only was she not broken for the second straight day, but Petrova did not even face a break point against the Canadian. After a year that started with quite a few early round losses, things have picked up for Petrova, whose results in recent months have included a quarterfinal showing in Strasbourg, a fourth round showing at Wimbledon and at least a quarterfinal showing here.

In the quarters, Petrova will square off with Bojana Jovanovski. The fifth-seeded Serb engaged in Wednesday's most tightly contested match, outlasting Jill Craybas, 64 57 64. It appeared Jovanovski would cruise to a comfortable victory when she was up 64 53, but Craybas then reeled off four straight games while fighting off three match points. Jovanovski again jumped out to a lead in the third set, 4-2, but again Craybas clawed back, knotting it at 4-4. Then finally, up 5-4, Jovanovski closed out the almost two-and-a-half-hour battle by breaking the American's serve.

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