Rodionova Into QFs, Lisicki & Goerges Fall
Published October 12, 2011 12:00
LINZ, Austria - With their No.1 player injured and out of the tournament, it was up to Sabine Lisicki and Julia Goerges to fly the flag for Germany at the Generali Ladies Linz, but it just wasn't to be. Both of them were ousted at the International-level event on Wednesday by stealthy counterpunchers.
The No.5-seeded Lisicki was the first to go, losing her first round match against Italian veteran Alberta Brianti, 75 46 63. The German No.2 had all of the momentum in the first and third sets but let it go, losing five straight games from 5-2 up in the first, and again losing five straight games from 3-1 up in the third.
"It wasn't a great match today - we both made a lot of mistakes - but the most important thing was staying focused from beginning to end," Brianti declared. "Playing a top player like Sabine is never easy. Every point and every game was tough. So I'm very happy I concentrated well today and won the match."
"I got very, very sick in China and was in the hospital. I'm still recovering from that," Lisicki said. "I really wanted to play here, especially with it being a German-speaking country. But after a week in bed it's hard to have a good rhythm. I wanted it really badly, but my body just couldn't handle it."
Goerges, seeded No.6, had saved two match points to win her first round match on Tuesday but couldn't find her best form for her second round match on Wednesday, losing to Russian lucky loser Evgeniya Rodina, 63 64.
Although all of the German players and Austrian No.1 Tamira Paszek are now out, the home country had some happy news as Austrian No.2 Patricia Mayr-Achleitner came good, winning her first round match against French qualifier Stéphanie Foretz Gacon, 36 62 62, coming back from 63 20 down.
Mayr-Achleitner already showed her home crowd can inspire her - she made her first WTA final this summer on the clay courts of Bad Gastein.
"I had a bad start. I was very nervous. But in the second set it started getting better and I just kept fighting," Mayr-Achleitner said. "I feel good about Bad Gastein. After I made the final there I had some problems with my shoulder, but in the end I'm very happy about this year. I hope I can keep this up here in Linz."
Mayr-Achleitner's next opponent will be tough: No.1 seed Petra Kvitova.
Other first round winners were No.8 seed Daniela Hantuchova, No.9 seed Flavia Pennetta and Australian lucky loser Anastasia Rodionova. In the only other second round match played, Romanian qualifier Sorana Cirstea upset No.4 seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, 46 60 64; there was another second round result however, as Pennetta withdrew from the singles event due to a left thigh injury, propelling the Russian-born Rodionova into the quarterfinals.
The second round will wrap up at the International event on Thursday.