Stosur & Kvitova Rally, Reach Third Round
Published August 08, 2012 12:00
MONTRÉAL, Canada - Petra Kvitova and Sam Stosur wrapped up Day 2 of the Rogers Cup with wins on Wednesday night, one of them having a very close call and the other advancing when their opponent had to stop injured.
The No.5-seeded Kvitova was the first to advance, edging fellow lefty Ksenia Pervak, 46 76(0) 60. For most of the match Pervak was too solid, winning the first set and twice leading by a break in the second set - including at 64 65, serving for the match. But Kvitova reeled off the last nine points of the set, including the seven points of the breaker, then rolled through a 22-minute third.
"I know I didn't play my best tennis, and it was hard to come back in the match, but sometimes you have to win ugly," Kvitova said. "I started to play much better from the tie-break, just more relaxed and playing my game, and I didn't have too many mistakes. She looked a little bit injured at the end, too."
In the last match of the day, No.4 seed Samantha Stosur was leading Simona Halep, 75 44, when the Romanian had to stop due to a left thigh injury. Halep was ahead in both sets - 5-1 in the first set with four set points, 4-2 in the second set - but Stosur came back every time and eventually moved through.
Stosur was surprised when told it was her first hardcourt match since Miami in March. "Oh, that's a long time ago!" she said. "It was quite difficult at times, being down in the first set, but it was good to battle it out. She had to pull out, and obviously that's never how you want it to end, but I'm happy I'm through."
Although Stosur lost early at the Olympics, she still has good memories from it. "It was lots of fun," the Australian said. "What a fantastic experience. It was fun staying in the Olympic Village, seeing the athletes, meeting a lot of the Australian athletes and seeing how they train, it was really interesting."
"We've always had tough matches, so I expect another tough one," Stosur said. "It'll be different playing a lefty again. It's always nice playing Lucie, a good match played in good spirits - I'm looking forward to playing her again."
Safarova leads Stosur in their head-to-head series, 3-2, though Stosur has won their last two meetings (at Miami last year and Dubai this year).
Other second round winners were No.8 seed Sara Errani, who had a 63 62 win over Slovak qualifier Jana Cepelova, and Chanelle Scheepers, who trailed Flavia Pennetta, 4-1, when the No.14 seed retired with a right wrist injury.