Krajicek Beats Marino, Semis Set In Québec
Published September 16, 2011 12:00
QUÉBEC CITY, Canada - Two of the most marquee WTA players at the Bell Challenge were sent packing on Quarterfinal Friday, with No.1 seed Daniela Hantuchova and No.1 Canadian Rebecca Marino both falling in straight sets.
Hantuchova, who made it through her first two rounds in spite of a left foot injury, couldn't make it out of another one, losing to Marina Erakovic, 64 64.
"Last night's quarterfinal was not very good, but I took some anti-inflammatories and today's match had nothing to do with my foot," Hantuchova said. "The loss was more in my head than anywhere else. I was pushing the ball instead of going for my shots. It was a few balls here and there and I didn't make them.
"I came here to win the tournament. I had a good chance. Maybe after getting through yesterday's match I was thinking too much about getting the title, and I put too much pressure on myself. I think I got a little ahead of myself."
Erakovic, a former Top 50 player from New Zealand, struggled with a hip injury the last two years but has returned to the world's Top 100 this year.
"It was very close today. I just tried to play my game, go after the ball and hang in there," Erakovic said. "Daniela's a great player. I lost to her quite convincingly recently at Wimbledon. I'm playing well and it's a great feeling to win today."
Marino, Canada's top-ranked player and the No.4 seed here, had a quicker exit in the feature night match, losing to Michaella Krajicek, 61 63. Krajicek is a former Top 30 player now on the way up again after a string of injuries.
"I was injured in my shoulder after Wimbledon, then I played a tournament and got injured in my wrist, so I didn't really play many tournaments before the US Open," Krajicek said. "I think that might be an advantage for me, because right now I'm probably fresher than the other girls in the tournament."
The other seeds in action survived, with No.3 seed Tamira Paszek rallying from a break down in both sets and saving a set point at 5-6 in the second set to close out British teen Heather Watson, 64 76(5), and No.6 seed Barbora Zahlavova Strycova outdoing fellow Czech Andrea Hlavackova, 63 75.
Paszek will face Erakovic in the first semifinal on Saturday afternoon. Paszek beat Erakovic in their only prior meeting, right here a year ago.
Zahlavova Strycova will face Krajicek in Saturday's night match. Krajicek has beaten Zahlavova Strycova in both of the pair's previous meetings.