Thursday, January 9, 2014

WTA- week to remember for Pironkova, Stosur gains momentum

Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria celebrates a point during her semifinal victory over Petra Kvitova at Apia International Sydney; Mark Nolan/Getty Images 
There was a big upset at the Apia Sydney 
International today when Bulgarian Tsvetana 
Pironkova continued her brilliant run at the
 tournament by beating second seed Petra 
Kvitova 64 64. Fresh from her 300th tour win 
and with good form, going in to the match, 
most expected a easy win for the Czech 
however the  world 107 had other ideas by 
breaking the second seed twice in the first and
four times in the second set. Pironkova is now 
the first qualifier to make the final at the event.
After her win she said:-
“I feel incredibly happy right now. In the same 
time, I’m trying to stay grounded and focused for the
 next match, which is obviously the most important match of the week,”

Blocking the Bulgarian from her first ever wta tour title in Germany's Angelique Kerber following  her straight sets win over young American Madison Keys. This will be the third meet for them both with the head to head so far being 1-1 (Kerber won in Nassau  2011, Pironkova in Doha 2012). 
Sam Stosur hits a vicious forehand against Bojana Jovanovski. 
Meanwhile at the Hobart International Sam 
Stosur is still on course to win her first tour 
event in her home country following a more 
convincing 63 62 win over Bojana Jovanovski.
The past two matches has been close 
encounters for the world 17 but numerous 
media repoers say that Stosur's form is 
definitely increasing. After the match quoting Stosur said:-
``I think I played pretty well today and obviously happy to get through a bit more routinely as well,'' said Stosur, who endured back-to-back two and a half hour marathons in the opening rounds.

``I just kept trying to do what I wanted to be doing, those first few games I felt I was setting up the point alright and would come into the court and then miss what looks to be the easy one.

``I just tried to not worry about those and keep giving myself those opportunities.

``As the match went on I was able to put those balls away a bit better and take advantage of all the chances I gave myself.
Awaiting Stosur in the next round is Klara Zakopalova after her 64 75 win over Alison Riske. In 
the other semi final it is a Spanish affair between Garbine Muguruza and Estrella Cabeza 
Candela. Muguruza enjoyed a straight forward 64 63 win over Kirsten Flipkens but Cabeza 
Candela had a  much harder time. In the match lasting a tiring two hours and 40 minuetes match 
she managed to eventually edge out the resistant Monica Niculescu 36 76 64. 

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