Robson Vanquishes Vinci In Palermo
Published July 12, 2012 11:32
PALERMO, Italy - Laura Robson secured her first WTA quarterfinal berth on Thursday at the XXV Italiacom Open, displaying the form British tennis fans have been excited for since she won the Wimbledon juniors at age 14 in 2008.
Robson jumped out to a 4-0 lead against No.2 seed and World No.27 Roberta Vinci en route to a comfortable first set win. After falling behind 4-1 in the second, she rallied and from 5-4 down reeled off three straight games to clinch the 63 75 victory. It was Robson's greatest career triumph in terms of ranking, her previous best being a defeat of then-No.47 Ayumi Morita in the first round of last year's US Open.
"Next I go to Bastad and then the Olympic Games," Vinci said. "The draw will be important. Me, Errani, Pennetta and Schiavone plan to be competitive."
Barbora Zahlavova Strycova was the winner of Thursday's most dramatic second round encounter. She was down 5-2 in the third against Julia Cohen and had two match points against her at 5-4 but eventually survived, 36 63 75. The three-hour, 14-minute battle tied for the third-longest main draw match of the year just one day after Alexandra Cadantu edged Alizé Cornet here in three hours, 17 minutes - the longest main draw match of the year.
Later Thursday, Zahlavova Strycova teamed up with fellow Czech Renata Voracova for a win in the doubles quarterfinals that took one hour, 31 minutes - meaning she spent almost five hours on court for the day.
Zahlavova Strycova's quarterfinal opponent will be much more rested, as Julia Goerges advanced by walkover due to a right shoulder injury suffered by Katalin Marosi. Goerges has a 2-1 lead in her series with Zahlavova Strycova.
Also reaching the doubles semifinals was Belarusian-Georgian duo Ekaterina Dzehalevich and Oksana Kalashnikova.