Serena Beats Goerges, Doubles No.1s Upset
Published August 10, 2011 12:00
TORONTO, Canada - Serena Williams' winning streak reached seven matches on Wednesday afternoon in Toronto, as she advanced to the third round of the Rogers Cup with a tight finish over Julia Goerges, 61 76(7).
Williams, who went 5-0 to win in Stanford two weeks ago and scored a 60 63 win in her first match here against Alona Bondarenko, rolled through the first set against Goerges in just 26 minutes but couldn't pull away from the German in the second set as the entire set stayed on serve through the tie-break - and Williams was the one who emerged, finishing it on her sixth match point.
"I thought she played really well and really smart," Williams said. "It was good for me to win that second set and get through it, because not playing my best and still winning is better than playing well and losing. I think she played better in the second set. I was happy to close it out. She played very well."
Next for Williams will be former Top 15 player Zheng Jie, who won her second round match on Tuesday night when No.2 seed Kim Clijsters had to retire due to an abdominal injury. Williams has won all four of the pair's previous meetings, but many of those meetings have been very closely contested.
Other winners during the day session included No.8 seed Francesca Schiavone, No.10 seed Samantha Stosur, No.11 seed Andrea Petkovic, No.13 seed Agnieszka Radwanska, Ana Ivanovic, Lucie Safarova and qualifiers María José Martínez Sánchez and Galina Voskoboeva.
The first two night matches saw No.3 seed Vera Zvonareva and No.5 seed Maria Sharapova winning tricky two-setters. Zvonareva won a 56-minute first set then rallied from 2-4 in the second set to beat fellow Russian Nadia Petrova, 75 64, while Sharapova also rallied from 2-4 in the second set of her match to close out Serbian qualifier Bojana Jovanovski, 61 75.
"Bojana's on her way up, so I knew it was going to be a dangerous round," Sharapova said. "I was happy with the way I played in the first set, then I was up and down a little bit in the second. But overall I thought it was good."
In the last match of the night, No.4 seed Victoria Azarenka beat Canadian wildcard Stéphanie Dubois in 61 minutes, 60 60. Azarenka is now the first player to record two double bagels this season on the WTA, having beaten Vera Dushevina by the same scoreline in the first round of Madrid in May.
Caroline Wozniacki wasn't the only No.1-ranked player to lose on Wednesday (read more about that here) - the No.1-ranked doubles team in the world, Kveta Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik, became the next top seed to fall, as they lost out to Spaniards Nuria Llagostera Vives and Arantxa Parra Santonja in a photo finish, 36 64 1412. Peschke and Srebotnik had won their last three tournaments in a row but were unable to convert on a match point at 11-10 in the match tie-break en route to the second round stunner.