2
0
1

Vesnina Stays In Contention For SFs

Elena Vesnina kept her chances of qualifying for the semifinals alive at the Garanti Koza WTA Tournament Of Champions, beating Tsvetana Pironkova to improve to 1-1 in Group Sredets.

Published October 31, 2013 12:03

Vesnina Stays In Contention For SFs
Elena Vesnina

SOFIA, Bulgaria - Elena Vesnina kept her chances of qualifying for the semifinals alive at the Garanti Koza WTA Tournament Of Champions, beating Tsvetana Pironkova to improve to 1-1 her group.

Watch highlights and interviews from Sofia all week right here on wtatennis.com!

Curiously, the two had never played each other before, despite years on the tour together - one could tell in the first two sets of the match, with neither player really settling into any consistent momentum.

Vesnina was the steadier of the two early on, going up a set and a break, 62 32, seemingly on the way to a straight set victory. But Pironkova began hitting the mark on her backhand and clawed her way back into it, winning four of the next five games to sneak out the 51-minute second set, 6-4.

Vesnina steadied herself again from there, though, winning 15 of the first 18 points of the third set and eventually taking the set at love for a 62 46 60 victory. The No.5-seeded Russian finished off the two-hour, 13-minute battle with a massive forehand winner the No.8-seeded Bulgarian couldn't retrieve.

"Today I felt in the tough moments the crowd was really behind Tsvetana, they were really trying to cheer for her," Vesnina said. "For me, I knew I just had to not think about that. I knew I just had to focus on myself, on my game, on my game plan - and it was a pleasure to play this match today."

Group Sredets now has Ana Ivanovic at 2-0, Sam Stosur at 1-1, Vesnina at 1-1 and Pironkova at 0-2.

Friday's wave of round robin matches will determine who moves through to the semifinals, with Ivanovic taking on Vesnina and Stosur taking on Pironkova. Ivanovic and Vesnina are up first.

"I'm so happy I can still make the semifinals," Vesnina said. "It's going to be a great experience for me to play against Ana tomorrow. She's a great player and a great person, and I'm going to go out there and try to win this match. I'm just happy I was able to qualify for this tournament, so to qualify for the semifinals would be amazing. I'm just enjoying my time here and I'll try to do my best tomorrow."

Share this page!

Related news

  • 10 Things To Know: Serena Vs Venus

    July 05, 2015
    Who leads the head-to-head? Why is the first set so critical? How much prize money have they won - $20 million, $50 million or $100 million? Get ready for a big one here!
  • Venus & Serena: Their First Meeting

    July 05, 2015
    Venus and Serena squared off for the first time at the 1998 Australian Open. Some prophetic words and 17 and a half years later, they're two of the WTA's biggest legends.
  • Round Of 16 Reset At Wimbledon

    July 05, 2015
    It's the best day in tennis - all eight round of 16 matches at Wimbledon will take the court. Who does wtatennis.com contributor Ravi Ubha think will make the last eight?
To The Top
3