AUCKLAND, New Zealand - The Top 2 seeds at the ASB Classic made impressive starts to their 2013 seasons on Tuesday but only one of them was able to make it through on Wednesday, with Agnieszka Radwanska winning and Julia Goerges losing as the entire second round took to the courts.
The No.2-seeded Goerges succumbed during the day session to Johanna Larsson, 75 67(1) 63. After losing a tight first set Goerges went right back to work, toughing out a 61-minute second set; she even went up an early break in the third set but the scrappy Larsson broke right back, and after a slew of long games managed to close out the hard-hitting World No.18 after two hours and 32 minutes.
"I'd actually never won a match during the Australian tour before, so to come to a quarterfinal now means a lot to me," said Larsson, who was 0-6 in WTA-level matches in the Australian season until this week. "I had my game plan pretty clear before the match and I think I stuck to it well the whole match, hitting some good shots from the baseline and fighting for every point. It feels very special."
Larsson talked about the pressure Goerges faced as the No.2 seed this week.
"It's tough to come here and be the second or third seed with all the pressure on you, and also coming from the off-season where you haven't played at all. And for the top players they never really know what to expect at this time of the season. But it was an opportunity for me and I'm happy I took it."
There was no such trouble for No.1 seed Radwanska, who cruised into the quarterfinals with a comprehensive 63 61 win over tenacious Romanian Simona Halep. "We had a lot of long rallies and there as a lot of running, but I really felt good about my game in the second set," Radwanska said. "I'm very happy to get some matches here this week and I hope to just keep getting better."
"Radwanska makes you feel like you are playing cat and mouse on the court," Vesnina said. "You have to be very calm and very aggressive with her. I have to use my power and my serve. She uses pace very well and changes the direction and power of her ball too. It's tough but I look forward to it."
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