Errani Upsets Goerges, Suárez Waits In SFs
Published April 13, 2012 12:00
BARCELONA, Spain - Sara Errani recorded the second-biggest win of her career on Friday afternoon, taking out Julia Goerges in the quarterfinals of the Barcelona Ladies Open. She has now won eight matches in a row on clay.
Errani, the No.7 seed at the International-level event, broke serve five times to take the No.2-seeded, No.16-ranked Goerges out, 62 63. Not only was the win her second-best win, her best coming against a No.15-ranked Agnes Szavay at Rome back in 2008, but she has now won her last eight matches on clay (she went 5-0 to win the Acapulco title in February, and is 3-0 so far this week).
Next up for Errani is Carla Suárez Navarro, who won 10 of 11 games from 2-4 in the first set for a runaway victory against Simona Halep, 64 61. Suárez Navarro is now through to her eighth WTA semifinal, and seventh on clay.
"Before the match I thought it would be a tough and long match, and I started a little bit nervous," Suárez Navarro said. "I managed to hold on and take the first set, and after that I felt she dropped her level and I played even better.
"I play well on clay. I haven't been training too much on it before this week and I still need to adapt to play my best tennis, but I'm feeling good right now."
Suárez Navarro will now try to reach her third WTA final, her first two coming here in Spain as well, over in Marbella in 2009 and 2010 (she lost both of those finals, to Jelena Jankovic in 2009 and to Flavia Pennetta in 2010).
"Playing at home is always positive for me," the 23-year-old said. "People who normally can't see me play when I compete abroad can come and watch me, so it's always special. I don't take it as pressure - it helps me stay more focused."
Suárez Navarro leads Errani in their head-to-head, 2-1, though they haven't played since the summer of 2008, and neither was ranked in the Top 50 in any of those meetings (they have both spent time in the Top 30 since then).
The other semifinal will pit No.3 seed Dominika Cibulkova against Sorana Cirstea. Cirstea was the first to advance, winning five games in a row from 3-1 down in the third set to beat Olga Govortsova, 26 61 63; Cibulkova followed her into the semis in the last match of the day, dropping the first set then winning 12 games in a row to beat qualifier Yuliya Beygelzimer, 36 60 60.
An all-Italian doubles final was also set, with Italy's Top 4 players - Francesca Schiavone, Roberta Vinci, Flavia Pennetta and Errani all set to take the court. Errani and Vinci are the top seeds, Pennetta and Schiavone unseeded.