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Kanepi Survives Acapulco Thriller

Kaia Kanepi overcame a match point in her second round battle with Julia Goerges at the Abierto Mexicano TELCEL on Wednesday.

Published February 26, 2014 12:13

Kanepi Survives Acapulco Thriller
Kaia Kanepi

ACAPULCO, México - The last second round women's match of the day at the Abierto Mexicano TELCEL on Wednesday was the wildest one, with Kaia Kanepi outlasting Julia Goerges in two hours and 46 minutes.

The third set, which by itself was one hour and seven minutes, was especially dramatic - with Goerges taking a 4-1 lead before the third-seeded Kanepi staged a comeback. Then Kanepi served for the match at 6-5 before Goerges forced a deciding tie-break.

That tie-break saw Goerges have match point at 6-5 but the German double faulted and Kanepi won two more points from there to seal the 67(4) 64 76(6) victory. Though she lost four more points than she won, Kanepi now finds herself in Thursday's quarterfinals against Christina McHale.

"It was quite up and down," Kanepi said. "One side would play well and then the other and then back again. I played a few points better at the end, and that's why I won this very close and tough match.

"I hit my forehand and serve well and tried to be aggressive when I could. Obviously I didn't always do it perfectly, but it worked out in the important moments."

Advancing with identical 75 62 scores were No.1 seed Dominika Cibulkova and No.2 seed Eugenie Bouchard. After her 5-2 first set lead against Yanina Wickmayer disappeared, Cibulkova won seven straight games en route to victory.

"It was just one break," Cibulkova said. "She got loosened up and had nothing to lose. She was going for it and maybe I should have been more aggressive. But at 5-5, I knew what I had to do. The game where I saved the break point to go up 6-5 was really, really important.

"It's never easy to play against Yanina. She has an aggressive style. I'm happy to get the second round behind me."

Cibulkova's quarterfinal foe will be Marina Erakovic, a 61 64 winner over No.6 seed Bojana Jovanovski.

As for Bouchard, she fought off three set points in the first set of her defeat of Lara Arruabarrena. Next up for her is first-time WTA quarterfinalist Caroline Garcia.

Also facing off in Thursday's quarterfinals will be No.8 seed Zhang Shuai and Ajla Tomljanovic, each of whom won her second round match in straight sets.

In a first round doubles match of note, second-seeded Kristina Mladenovic and Galina Voskoboeva did not surrender a game against Ximena Hermoso and Ana Sofía Sánchez.

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