Top Seeds Cruise Through In Pune
Published November 08, 2012 05:39
PUNE, India - Forty-seven minutes was all it took for Nina Bratchikova to book her place in the quarterfinals of the Royal Indian Open on Thursday afternoon, producing the most clinical of performances to swat aside Olga Savchuk.
Bratchikova, the No.1 seed this week, set the tone early on, dominating with her heavy groundstrokes as she raced through the opening four games. The set soon followed and there was no let-up in the second, three more breaks wrapping up a 61 61 win.
Her quarterfinal assignment is likely to be a more taxing affair as she takes on former World No.9 Andrea Petkovic, who was equally impressive in her second round.
After struggling with the pace of the court in her opening match, Petkovic, looked far more at home against Chang Liu, easing through, 61 60.
Chang was playing just her fourth professional tournament, but despite this gulf in experience, Petkovic was wary of her unknown opponent.
"No matches are easy on tour," Petkovic said. "I was really happy and satisfied with the way I played. I was sharp on every point, I was very intense and if I can stay like that for the whole match, I can play some great tennis.
"It's tough to play opponents you don't know at all because you have to be on your toes all the time and that's what I did today. I hope to continue this for the rest of the tournament."
Eager not to be outdone, No.2 seed Misaki Doi was in a similarly ruthless mood. After back-to-back semifinals in Osaka and Taipei, the Japanese player has dropped just three games thus far in India, her latest victim Noppawan Lertcheewakarn lasting just 49 minutes as she succumbed, 60 61.
Meeting her next will be compatriot Kimiko Date-Krumm, who recovered from a mid-match slump to reel off the final six games and defeat Zhou Yi-Miao, 64 46 62.