BUDAPEST, Hungary - Despite suffering a second set lapse, No.1 seed Sara Errani extended her clay court winning streak to 12 matches with a defeat of Budapest native and resident Melinda Czink in the second round of the Budapest Grand Prix on Wednesday.
Errani, who came into this week ranked a career-high No.27, captured Acapulco and Barcelona in her two most recent tournaments on the dirt. In fact, her first set triumph against Czink was her 15th consecutive set won on the surface dating back to the Acapulco final. Though that streak was snapped, she still emerged with a 64 16 61 victory.
"She started to play better in the second set and I got nervous," Errani said. "I had two games from 40-15 that I lost. In the third set, I tried to be calmer, to hit the ball deeper and push her outside the court, and that worked better."
Also advancing were fifth-seeded Marina Erakovic and sixth-seeded Petra Martic. After an opener that went three hours, Erakovic was only on the court for 36 minutes when Akgul Amanmuradova retired with a right elbow injury after getting bageled in the first set. Martic was a 64 61 winner over Hsieh Su-Wei in a rematch of March's Kuala Lumpur final won by Hsieh when Martic had to retire in the third set because of heat exhaustion.
"She's a very tough opponent," said Martic, who is playing her first clay court event of the season. "We played two months ago and it was not a very good memory for me. It was really important to me to try to do better than the last time. I mixed up my serve very well today and I tried to be aggressive, which worked really well for me."
"The score wasn't indicative of how tough a player Ksenia is," Vesnina said. "She has improved a lot since last year and was forcing me to play my best tennis today. I was pleased with my serve today. I had a good percentage and made some big first serves at big moments."
Next up for Vesnina is Martic. "I'm enjoying my time here, as it's my first time in Budapest," Vesnina said. "I love this city. It's such a nice atmosphere. The hotel is so close to the courts, it feels like home."
Among other notable matches, Aleksandra Wozniak topped Alexandra Cadantu, 67(2) 60 60 to make her first quarterfinal since Ponte Vedra Beach in 2010, and Alberta Brianti beat Lesia Tsurenko, 57 75 64, in a three hour duel.