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Goerges Latest Seed To Be Sent Home From Dallas

Elena Baltacha survived a dramatic three-setter with Julia Goerges on Tuesday to advance to the quarterfinals of the Texas Tennis Open.

Published August 23, 2011 11:49

Goerges Latest Seed To Be Sent Home From Dallas
Julia Goerges

DALLAS, TX, USA - Seeds fell on each of the first two days of the inaugural Texas Tennis Open, and that trend continued in second round action Tuesday, with No.3 seed Julia Goerges and No.6 seed Shahar Peer eliminated.

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Goerges' defeat was the far more dramatic of the two, as she was edged by Elena Baltacha, 26 75 76(2). There were quite a few momentum changes, such as Baltacha reeling off five straight games after starting the match in a 26 02 hole. However, Goerges then won three straight games to knot the second set at 5-5 before Baltacha won two in a row to extend the match to a third set. This time, Baltacha got in front early, 4-1, but Goerges came back to tie it at 4-4. They then traded holds until the tie-break, with Baltacha taking control early and not relinquishing it.

"She's a very good player and I knew that she's very dangerous if she's in form," said Baltacha of the victory that guaranteed her of at least matching her career-best result - quarterfinal appearances at Memphis, Eastbourne and Istanbul in 2010. "But I also knew that she can be up and down and that if I got an opportunity to take advantage of it, which I did in the second set and the third, and I'm delighted about that."

Baltacha said the sweltering conditions should be great preparation for next week's US Open. "You've got to be so on your hydration level. Even in the evenings, especially coming from England we probably react a bit worse to it. I think New York is going to seem freezing compared to here."

As for Peer, she was taken down by Johanna Larsson, 62 64. Two seeds did advance comfortably, with fifth-seeded Sabine Lisicki disposing of Alberta Brianti, 61 62, and eighth-seeded Irina-Camelia Begu beating Gisela Dulko, 64 63. Lisicki, who did not have her serve broken, has lost just six games combined in her two matches this week. Begu added at least another quarterfinal appearance to a year that has included runner-up showings in Marbella and Budapest and a quarterfinal appearance in Palermo.

The final first round match of the event was also played Tuesday, with qualifier Aravane Rezai getting past Magdalena Rybarikova, 46 62 61, her third win in three career meetings with the Slovak.

No.2 seed Dominika Cibulkova, the only seed left besides Lisicki and Begu, takes on Kateryna Bondarenko in one of the featured matches on Wednesday's schedule.

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