Peng & Ivanovic Move Ahead, Goerges Upset
Published August 03, 2011 12:00
CARLSBAD, CA, USA - Four of the Mercury Insurance Open's Top 8 seeds were in action on Wednesday but only three survived, as the second round of the Premier-level tournament wrapped up at the La Costa Resort & Spa.
Peng Shuai, Ana Ivanovic and Daniela Hantuchova, the No.4, No.5 and No.8 seeds, won in straight sets. Peng and Hantuchova finished within minutes of each other and by the same 61 63 scoreline as well, Peng taking down Anastasia Rodionova and Hantuchova beating Barbora Zahlavova Strycova.
Ivanovic got revenge in her match: having lost to Ayumi Morita in the first round of Stanford last week, she scored a 61 76(5) win over the Japanese No.1 this time, although she had to dig herself out of a 5-0 hole in the second set.
The fallen one was No.7 seed Julia Goerges, who suffered a 63 75 loss to Sloane Stephens. Goerges, ranked No.20 in the world, is the No.125-ranked Stephens' first Top 20 scalp, and this is also the first time in her career Stephens has won back-to-back matches at the WTA main draw level.
"I was just playing my game and going for it the whole match and obviously it's not working well right now," Goerges said. "I have to give all the credit to Sloane. She didn't give me any free points. But the way I was hitting the ball still felt good to me. I lost the match, but it was the right way for me to play."
Among the lower seeds, No.12 seed Sabine Lisicki and No.15 seed Sara Errani won, but No.9 seed Roberta Vinci lost to Zheng Jie, 64 62; No.11 seed Maria Kirilenko gave Tamira Paszek a walkover due to a left hip injury; and No.16 seed Polona Hercog lost out to Vera Dushevina, 46 61 64.
Other winners were Alberta Brianti, Christina McHale, Virginie Razzano and Coco Vandeweghe. Brianti had by far the most dramatic win of the day, coming back from 60 30 down and saving five match points in the third set to beat Sofia Arvidsson in two hours and 53 minutes, 06 76(5) 76(7).
Vandeweghe started her match with Olga Savchuk well with a 4-0 lead, but lost the first set - even though she had three set points in the tie-break - and was eventually a set and 4-2 down. But she rallied to beat the Ukrainian, who was a lucky loser in the draw, replacing an injured Dominika Cibulkova.
"It was a good to pull this one out. It was good points at times and ugly points at times, but a win is a win," Vandeweghe said after the 67(7) 64 63 win. "In situations like the first set you have to take it point by point. I wasn't able to get control until late in the second set but hopefully next time I will."