Katowice Gallery: From Eight To Two
Eight players survived the early rounds of the BNP Paribas Katowice Open, but Quarterfinal Friday and Semifinal Saturday sent six more players packing. Catch up on the action right here.
Published April 13, 2013 12:00
Quarterfinal Friday's first match saw Roberta Vinci completely dominate Karolina Pliskova, 61 60.
The second quarterfinal was much more competitive, as Maria Elena Camerin raced out to a 5-1 lead.
But Annika Beck found her range from there, clawing back to win the first set in a tie-breaker.
Camerin was eventually outrallied by the German teenager, 76(1) 60, and sat down for a breather.
Petra Martic took on the top seed, Petra Kvitova, having won the pair's only previous meeting.
But Kvitova was ready this time, holding all nine of her service games and cruising ahead, 63 62.
The last quarterfinal on Friday saw qualifier Alexandra Cadantu take on lucky loser Shahar Peer.
Peer started strong but Cadantu's tenacity was just too tough in the end - Cadantu won, 57 63 63.
The first semifinal match on Saturday saw Beck go up against the tournament's No.2 seed, Vinci.
Vinci raced out to a 3-0 lead, dropped a game, then rattled off nine more to dispatch Beck, 61 60.
Cadantu was also on the receiving end for most of the second semifinal Saturday against Kvitova.
Kvitova won the first 10 games and regrouped after a second set lapse to beat Cadantu, 60 64.