Bogotá Gallery: The Underdogs Rise Up
Alexandra Panova and Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino will play their first WTA finals on Sunday.
Published Feburary 19, 2012 12:00
The underdogs have been rising up this week in Bogota, the first clay court event of the season.
Alexandra Panova saved four match points in the first round. It was just the beginning of her run.
Paola Suarez, perhaps the story of the week, lost alongside Gisela Dulko in her doubles comeback.
Colombian No.2 Catalina Castano reached the second round before falling to Karin Knapp in three.
Argentine upcomer Paula Ormaechea had an emotional first round win over childhood idol Jelena Dokic.
South American No.1 Gisela Dulko was defeated by Alexandra Panova in the second round, 75 62.
Karin Knapp took out the No.2 seed in the first round. Edina Gallovits-Hall then beat the No.1 seed.
Colombian No.1 and ex-Bogota champ Mariana Duque-Marino lost to Edina Gallovits-Hall in the quarters.
Alexandra Panova made it to the final four then beat Timea Babos to reach her first final, 62 63.
Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino also made her first WTA final with a 64 63 win over Edina Gallovits-Hall.