Razzano Rises Up, Wozniacki Cruises
Published October 04, 2011 12:00
BEIJING, China - Virginie Razzano continued to show the form that took her to the Top 20 at the China Open on Tuesday afternoon, upsetting No.15 seed Roberta Vinci to make the third round of the Premier-level tournament.
Razzano, who went as high as No.16 in the world in 2009 but has since fallen out of the Top 100 following an injury-marred 2010, showed some classic aggression under pressure against one of the world's newest Top 20 players. She saved set point down 7-6 in the first set tie-break and barely looked back, needing just 25 minutes to win the second set and prevail, 76(7) 60.
"I feel good physically and my game is in a good place," Razzano commented afterwards. "I'm happy to win again today and I hope I can keep winning."
It was Razzano's third Top 20 win of the season, after a victory over Maria Sharapova in Fed Cup play and another over Kaia Kanepi at Miami. The Frenchwoman will next play a fellow qualifier, either Monica Niculescu (who upset Li Na in the first round) or Chanelle Scheepers (fresh off her first WTA title in Guangzhou). Those two play each other on Wednesday.
Caroline Wozniacki and Vera Zvonareva, who played the final here last year and are seeded No.1 and No.3, respectively, were also winners. Zvonareva was the first to advance, battling past 29-year-old veteran Klara Zakopalova, 63 46 62; Wozniacki dispatched Jarmila Gajdosova more routinely, 62 63.
"Klara is a very dangerous player. I didn't make that many mistakes and she played very aggressive and made a lot of winners," Zvonareva said. "In the third set I started playing a little bit more aggressive, going for my shots more. That's the reason I won in the end - I didn't wait for her mistakes anymore."
"I played Jarmila last week," said Wozniacki, who needed three sets to beat the Australian in Tokyo. "I'm just thinking about myself, to be honest - I won the match, and that's the main thing. If my opponent makes 100 winners and zero errors, as long as I win, it doesn't matter how my opponents play."
The next round won't be easy for either player. Zvonareva plays Ana Ivanovic, whom she has lost to four times before (Zvonareva leads Ivanovic in their head-to-head, 5-4); Wozniacki will take on Kaia Kanepi, who beat her in Tokyo last week (Wozniacki leads Kanepi in their head-to-head, 2-1).
"I played her last week and lost to her in three sets," Wozniacki said of the powerful Estonian. "I had my chances though, and next match is a new match. We start from 0-0 and I'll go out there and fight. Hopefully it will be enough."
No.8 seed Marion Bartoli, No.9 seed Andrea Petkovic, No.13-seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Flavia Pennetta also scored second round wins. Kanepi also advanced, but via walkover - No.14 seed Sabine Lisicki had to withdraw from Beijing with gastrointestinal illness. Bartoli beat American Christina McHale, 62 61, avenging a second round loss from the US Open.