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Goerges Upsets JJ, Tough Day For Seeds

Julia Goerges snapped a four-match losing streak with a powerful display against Jelena Jankovic.

Published August 08, 2011 12:00

Goerges Upsets JJ, Tough Day For Seeds
Julia Goerges

TORONTO, Canada - It wasn't a great day for the favorites at the Rogers Cup on Monday, with four of the five seeded players in action losing their openers.

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The first seed to take the court was the only one who won, but it wasn't easy by any means. Having fallen out of the Top 10 for the first time in 18 months this week, Samantha Stosur salvaged a 46 62 63 win over Ayumi Morita. The No.11-ranked, No.10-seeded Stosur lost the opening set but built a 4-0 lead in the second, and barely looked back to begin her quest to return to the elite.

The seeds went 0-4 the rest of the day, however, starting with No.9 seed Marion Bartoli, who was perhaps the most surprising of the upsets, given she had won 19 of her last 23 matches. But she didn't have that form against Galina Voskoboeva, dropping her opening service game in each set and never quite catching up en route to a 63 63 loss to the inspired Kazakh qualifier.

"It was one of those days where nothing was working," said Bartoli, who had beaten Voskoboeva in straight sets in all four of their prior meetings. "I tried my hardest but I committed so many mistakes. It's very unusual for me, especially in the last two months or so, when I've been playing very well. I'm obviously very disappointed, but Galina played a great match, so all the credit to her."

Voskoboeva scored her first Top 10 win, having been 0-6 against the Top 10 before. The 26-year-old also made her first WTA semifinal recently in Baku.

"Last year I didn't play much because I was injured, and this year I was just really happy I could come back and play again," Voskoboeva said. "I was happy I could play well from the start to the end today. I was also happy I played aggressively and wasn't just waiting for her mistakes. I could finish it by myself."

Svetlana Kuznetsova and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova also lost to qualifiers later on, the No.12-seeded Kuznetsova hitting 50 unforced errors to lose to Simona Halep, 46 64 63, and the No.14-seeded Pavlyuchenkova also letting go of a one set lead to fall to María José Martínez Sánchez, 36 64 61.

At night, playing her first match since a first round loss at Wimbledon, No.15 seed Jelena Jankovic was bundled out of the tournament by Julia Goerges, 61 63. Goerges had gone 0-3 since Wimbledon, but this time it clicked.

"I had like two or three weeks that haven't been that good for me, but I improved every week I was playing," Goerges said. "When you play a player like Jelena, you have to play your best. I went for my shots tonight and it went pretty well."

"I wasn't really wasn't feeling my game out there," Jankovic said. "I felt rusty. I made some bad errors, a lot of errors actually. I tried the best I could, but I just need some more time and some more matches, and hopefully I'll do better."

Nadia Petrova, Lucie Safarova, Ekaterina Makarova and qualifiers Greta Arn and Zheng Jie also scored first round victories on Day 1 of play.

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