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Goerges & Cibulkova Back From The Brink

Two of the marquee names at the Generali Ladies Linz saved match points to stay alive Tuesday.

Published October 11, 2011 12:00

Goerges & Cibulkova Back From The Brink
Julia Goerges

LINZ, Austria - The singles event began at the Generali Ladies Linz on Tuesday and although all five of the seeds in action came up winners, for two of them it was a very, very long day at the indoor International tournament.

No.7 seed Dominika Cibulkova was the first favorite to go the distance, rallying from 64 41 down and saving two match points down 64 54 to push her match against Elena Baltacha to a third set, then scoring a 46 76(3) 10 retirement victory after the British No.1 had to stop due to a low back injury.

No.6 seed Julia Goerges had an even tougher day at the office, saving two match points in the third set tie-break for a 64 36 76(7) win over Latvian No.1 Anastasija Sevastova. Sevastova's solid ground game kept her close with the big-hitting Goerges throughout the match, even taking her to match point at 6-5 in the tie-break; she missed that and double faulted on another one at 7-6.

"I played a pretty talented girl today," Goerges said. "She started the year at No.35 so she's always going to be dangerous, no matter where she's ranked.

"I started well, but when I was up a break in the second set my level dropped and she started playing better and better. I was match points down but she gave me an easy forehand then a double fault - but I'm happy I'm through."

Goerges, who cracked the Top 20 this year but is currently just outside at No.21, said coming out of these situations is sometimes a boost going further into a tournament. "It can make you even more dangerous when you're match point down and get another chance. We'll see how it works out for me."

No.1 seed Petra Kvitova, No.3 seed Jelena Jankovic and No.4 seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova also won. While Pavlyuchenkova needed three sets to beat Anabel Medina Garrigues, 64 26 63, the other two had quick wins - Kvitova needed just 54 minutes to beat Rebecca Marino, 62 62, while Jankovic was finished in just 15 minutes after her opponent, Kateryna Bondarenko, retired from their match down 4-1 due to a neck injury.

Lucie Safarova, Ksenia Pervak, Sara Errani, Sorana Cirstea, Anne Keothavong and Evgeniya Rodina also scored first round victories.

Cirstea beat Wimbledon quarterfinalist and Austrian No.1 Tamira Paszek, 75 63. "It was not the best day," Paszek said. "It was my home tournament and I put too much pressure on myself. Sorana played great and I made too many unforced errors. After a couple of years missing my home tournaments, it was a tough experience. I hope for some better results in Austria the next few years."

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