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Morita Survives Seven Match Points

Fourth-seeded Ayumi Morita rallied past Petra Martic to make the quarterfinals of the Nanjing Ladies Open.

Published October 31, 2013 12:01

Morita Survives Seven Match Points
Ayumi Morita

NANJING, China - Ayumi Morita finished off a wild comeback victory over Petra Martic on Thursday that had been interrupted the day before by rain to reach the quarterfinals of the Nanjing Ladies Open.

Morita fought off two match points at 5-4 down in the second set of the second round match Wednesday and two more at 6-5 down before play was suspended at the start of the tie-break.

The fourth-seeded Morita again played the role of the comeback kid on Thursday, fighting off three more match points in that second set tie-break for a total of seven for the match en route to a 67(7) 76(10) 64 triumph that lasted almost three hours.

"It was a tough match," Morita said. "I think we both played very well. It was very close. I think I was a little bit better than her on the important points. I'm very happy about the win."

Next up for Morita is 19-year-old Slovakian Anna Schmiedlova, who was a 60 60 winner on Wednesday over Irina-Camelia Begu.

"I practiced with her this week," Morita said. "I know she's young, but she's already in the Top 100. She won her previous match very easily, but I've been playing very good this week also. It's going to be a tough match."

Also resuming a rain-interrupted second round match was No.2 seed Yanina Wickmayer, who just had to play one game on Thursday in finishing off a 62 62 victory over Wang Yafan.

"She was a pretty tough opponent," Wickmayer said. "I did what I had to do. I stayed in the rallies and went for my shots when I saw openings. I'm really happy with my performance."

Completing wins from start to finish to advance to Friday's quarterfinals were Wang Qiang and Jarmila Gajdosova. Wang overcame a 63 53 deficit en route to a 36 76(5) 62 defeat of Duan Ying-Ying, improving to 5-0 in their series. Former World No.25 Gajdosova, who is now ranked No.300, saved 12 of 13 break point chances on her own serve in a 63 64 triumph over sixth-seeded Misaki Doi.

"I had a bit of a slow start, as it was cold at the beginning and it took a while to get used to," Gajdosova said. "I thought I played well when I had to. She was a tricky opponent, left-handed, and is much higher-ranked than I am, so I'm happy about the win."

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