Kirilenko Hangs On, Closes Stosur Out
Published September 27, 2011 12:00
TOKYO, Japan - They played one of the most exciting matches of the US Open fortnight, then the sequel came just a few weeks later in Tokyo - it was a totally different ending. Maria Kirilenko got revenge on Samantha Stosur in the second round of the Toray Pan Pacific Open on Tuesday evening.
In an historic fourth round match in Flushing three weeks ago, Stosur beat Kirilenko in front of a packed crowd on Louis Armstrong Stadium, 62 67(15) 63, the second set tie-break being the longest tie-break in Grand Slam history. This time there were no records but it was another close one, with Kirilenko upsetting the No.6 seed, 62 46 64, in her first match since winning her first Grand Slam.
"We had a tough match at the US Open, with the longest tie-break. Today was another tough match and I'm really happy to come out on top," Kirilenko said. "Every time someone wins a Grand Slam it's always tough to play the next tournament, and I had a very good feeling about my chances today."
Stosur kept clawing back in the match, coming back from a break down to win the second set and levelling the third set at 4-all after trailing 4-2. But in the end Kirilenko finally put her away. "I knew I had to go out there and be more aggressive than I was a few weeks ago," the Russian added. "I was moving great in the first set. It's a really good feeling to be able to play so well."
Stosur wasn't the only seed to fall as second round action continued at the Premier-level event. No.11 seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova lost to Vania King, 64 76(6), No.14 seed Dominika Cibulkova fell to Iveta Benesova, 64 62, and No.16 seed Shahar Peer lost to Klara Zakopalova, 63 61.
No.1 seed Caroline Wozniacki made it through but just barely, leading 61 53 and holding double match point at 61 54 but needing to go to a third set to fend off big-hitter Jarmila Gajdosova, 61 67(4) 63. No.3 seed Victoria Azarenka, No.4 seed Vera Zvonareva and No.5 seed Petra Kvitova won in straight sets.
Other winners were No.9 seed Agnieszka Radwanska, No.10 seed Peng Shuai, No.12 seed Ana Ivanovic, No.13 seed Julia Goerges and unseeded Estonian Kaia Kanepi. Ivanovic had a particularly impressive serving day, firing 11 aces to end the run of British wildcard Laura Robson, 75 64.