Parmentier Fights Back, Sharapova Cruises
Published February 08, 2012 12:00
PARIS, France - The last two seeds to play their first round matches at the Open GDF SUEZ had mixed results on Wednesday afternoon, with Roberta Vinci hanging on just in time but Anabel Medina Garrigues letting go.
Vinci, the No.7 seed at the Premier-level tournament, had some scratchy patches - she lost the first three games of the match, then lost another three in a row after building a 5-1 lead in the second set - but she came back stronger each time and closed out Simona Halep with a love service game, 64 64.
"I expected a tough match - Simona is a talented young player," Vinci said. "It could have been faster; I was up a set and 5-1 before she started to play better. But when I had another chance to take the match I served well to close it out.
"Last week I played on clay for Fed Cup, but I like to play on hardcourts and I like to play indoors, so it has not really been too hard for me to adjust."
Vinci has had some excellent recent results, particularly in doubles, and felt happy with her singles game too on Wednesday. "I played well in Australia. We of course had a great result in doubles, and we won the decisive doubles at Fed Cup too," the 28-year-old commented. "I'm feeling good about my game."
Medina Garrigues, seeded No.8, suffered a mid-match lull against Pauline Parmentier later in the day, leading 62 33 but losing six straight games and eventually falling to the French wildcard in a tough three-setter, 26 63 63.
"I'm so happy with my win against such a good player who is playing so well right now," said Parmentier, who has two WTA titles to her name. "I was a little bit tired after Fed Cup this weekend but I started to play a lot more aggressively and was going after her second serve more, and I think that's how I was able to turn it around. I'm really happy to play such a good match here in France."
Other first round winners were Yanina Wickmayer, Monica Niculescu, Christina McHale, Klara Zakopalova and Bethanie Mattek-Sands, who fired 10 aces during a 76(3) 62 win over fellow qualifier Kristina Barrois.
The second round kicked off at night with Maria Sharapova and Julia Goerges both scoring routine victories. Sharapova, the No.1 seed this week, needed just 68 minutes to beat Chanelle Scheepers, 63 61, while the No.6-seeded Goerges came from 3-1 down in the second set to beat birthday girl Petra Cetkovska, 61 64 - Cetkovska turned 27 on Wednesday.
Sharapova was joined in the quarterfinals by the top seeds in the doubles draw, Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond, who dropped the second set but got past Russian-French duo Maria Kondratieva and Sophie Lefèvre, 64 46 106.