Errani's Shot At Revenge
Published January 31, 2013 12:00
PARIS, France - Probably the quietest upset of the Australian Open fortnight was Sara Errani's first round loss to Carla Suárez Navarro - Day 2 and one of the first matches of the day, Suárez Navarro put on a dazzling display of angles, tricks and trajectories, picking off the No.7 seed right out of the gates at a Grand Slam tournament the Italian had gone all the way to the quarterfinals of the year before.
Fast forward two weeks, and Errani will have her chance at revenge. The Italian, now seeded No.1 at the Premier-level Open GDF SUEZ in Paris, advanced past Magdalena Rybarikova in her opening match as the Slovak had to retire in the first set due to a viral illness, and Suárez Navarro is up next.
"I didn't know my opponent was sick, but I hope she recovers soon," Errani said. "The next match is going to be interesting because I know Carla very well and she beat me at the Australian Open. I like this surface and I just want to keep playing my game, and we will see how it goes tomorrow."
Suárez Navarro took out No.8 seed Klara Zakopalova earlier in the day in straight sets, 64 63. "Klara is a tough opponent," the Spaniard said. "I knew I had to play well if I wanted to beat her today."
Zakopalova wasn't the only seed to go down on Thursday - Dutch lucky loser Kiki Bertens blasted five aces en route to a 75 64 win over No.4 seed Dominika Cibulkova, which wasn't just the 21-year-old's first Top 20 win, it sent her into the first Premier-level quarterfinal of her blossoming career.
"Dominika's a good opponent and it was a really good match," Bertens said. "She was playing well so I got nervous the last game, but I'm happy I managed to keep serving well and I'm happy with the win."
"Kiki is a good player and it will be hard for sure, but let's see tomorrow," Safarova said about the looming match-up. "I lost to her at Wimbledon last summer, but grass is not a good surface for me.
"The key for me is to serve hard and play aggressively."