LINZ, Austria - The Generali Ladies Linz got underway with a light main draw schedule on Monday, but there was a bit of an upset - with Sofia Arvidsson eliminating No.4 seed and World No.18 Lucie Safarova.
Arvidsson came into this week just 3-7 in her last 10 matches. After splitting the first two sets with the Czech Safarova, she went up 5-2 in the third but barely held on, finally clinching the 36 62 75 victory on her fifth match point.
The win was especially noteworthy for Arvidsson, in that it was the 400th of her career, including ITF Women's Circuit matches, and her 10th against Top 20 players. Next up for her is another Czech, Lucie Hradecka.
Hradecka was a 63 76(5) winner over Sílvia Soler-Espinosa. The second set was especially dramatic, as Hradecka rallied from a 5-3 deficit and had four set points against her at 5-4 on the Spaniard's serve. Hradecka is now 3-0 in her series with Soler-Espinosa, having never dropped a set.
In a match-up of two players who secured their maiden WTA titles early in the season, Fès champion Kiki Bertens was a 76(3) 16 61 victor over Hobart titlist Mona Barthel. Interestingly enough, in their three previous encounters, Bertens had failed to win more than three games in a set. After her triumph in Fès in April, Bertens did not go beyond the second round of 10 straight events - however she seems to be back on the right track now, having made the quarterfinals of her last tournament in Seoul three weeks ago. At 20 years old, she is the youngest player in the field this week.