Wednesday, January 8, 2014

WTA - Kvitova charges on in Sydney whilst Stosur struggles in Hobart

Samantha Stosur At the Apia Sydney International two players have already moved into the semi finals. Second seed Petra Kvitova continued her good form with a satisfying 76 (7-4) 62 win over Lucie Safarova. The Czech is the highest ranked player left in the draw after Radwanska's loss. This win marks Kvitova's 300th match win. In the next stage she will face former Wimbledon shock semi finalist Tsvetana Pironkova after battling to a 76 26 63 win over Sara Errani. The two have played each other four times before (counting Hopman Cup 2012) and the Czech 2nd seed has a commanding 4-0 lead.When the Bulgarian was asked about her losing streak she responded by saying the following according to SBS Austrailia.
"This is sport; it's tennis; everything can happen,"
"All of the players who are participating here deserve to win. We all work very hard, and we show it out there.
"Petra is a very tough opponent definitely.”
"I've played with her a few times and I still don't have a victory, so I'm hoping for that."

Meanwhile in Hobart the top two seed were made to fight in order for a place into the quarter-finals. Top seed Sam Stosur was forced to take it into a deciding tie break against Kristina Mladenovic. In the two hours and 35 minuets match the top seed was forced to save two match points before taking it 64 26 76 (9-7). Kirsten Flipkens didn't have it much eassier following her extremely close 46 76 76 win over Australian youngster Storm Saunders. Saunders played some inspired tennis saving four match points before the Belgian could finally see her off. Other wins from the second round include Zakopalova and Monica Niculescu who has a surprised 76 61 win over 6th seed Mona Barthel.

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