Jovanovski Edges Wozniacki In Thriller
Published May 14, 2013 12:00
ROME, Italy - Bojana Jovanovski scored the first big upset of the Internazionali BNL d'Italia as the first round wrapped up on Tuesday afternoon, though she had to go to the ends of the Earth to do it.
Throughout the match it looked like the No.10-seeded Wozniacki was headed for victory - she rolled in the first set, was up a break in the second set at 4-3 and had all kinds of leads in the third, leading 4-0, serving for the match at 5-4 and even building a 5-2 advantage in the ensuing third set tie-break.
Jovanovski fought back every single time, though, her huge down-the-lines catching fire right when she needed them, and after two hours and 57 minutes the Serb closed the match out, 26 64 76(5).
It could be a big turning point for Jovanovski - since reaching the fourth round of the Australian Open earlier this year, her first Grand Slam second week, she had lost eight matches in a row - not only was that losing streak snapped on Tuesday, her win over the World No.9 was the second Top 10 win of her career, having previously defeated a No.7-ranked Jelena Jankovic at Beijing back in 2010.
Jovanovski Vs Wozniacki Video: Match Highlights
That wasn't the only two-hour, 57-minute battle of the day - Roberta Vinci, the No.13 seed, had the exact same amount of time on court in her match but managed to avoid the upset. Having lost four of her five previous meetings with Elena Vesnina, Vinci looked headed for defeat as she fell behind 4-1 in the third set, but she carved out five straight games and managed to escape out of it, 67(2) 75 64.
The other seeds in action had mixed results, with No.12 seed Maria Kirilenko, No.14 seed Dominika Cibulkova and No.16 seed Sloane Stephens all moving through, but No.15 seed Ana Ivanovic falling to Urszula Radwanska, 63 26 62, and No.11 seed Nadia Petrova falling to Carla Suárez Navarro, 36 62 76(1), despite leading 5-2 in the third set and holding double match point up 6-5 a few games later.
Stephens beat Flavia Pennetta, 63 63. "I felt like I played well," Stephens said. "It's definitely tough playing against Flavia in Rome - I played her here last year so I knew it would be tough - but I've been practicing hard and I love clay so I felt good out there. I'm happy to get back on the clay."
Stephens Vs Pennetta Video: Stephens Interview
Other winners were Julia Goerges, Varvara Lepchenko, Yanina Wickmayer, Romina Oprandi, Zheng Jie and Christina McHale. Goerges had the toughest win of the bunch, rallying from 62 40 down - and again fighting from a break down in the third - to beat Czech qualifier Andrea Hlavackova, 26 64 64.
"I started pretty well, I have to say, but then somehow I fell asleep and had no energy anymore," Goerges said of her win. "She started to play better and better and came up with some great shots, but I said to myself, 'You brought yourself into this miserable position, just try to get yourself out it - the match is not over until we shake hands.' I started playing pretty solid again and saw her talking more to herself and getting tight a bit, so I told myself, 'You better take your chance now, otherwise you won't get any more chances.' And I took my chances, even though I was a break down again in the third set. I really believed in it. It's great coming back from these kinds of scores and really almost being out.
"I need to work on this though - the top players won't let you out and will punish you with a loss."