Friday, July 31, 2009

Bartoli saves 2 match points, goes on to win Stanford quarterfinal

If you like drama--and what tennis fan doesn't?--then the Stanford quarterfinal featuring 4th seed Jelena Jankovic and 8th seed Marion Bartoli was for you. There was a high level of play throughout much of the match, which featured some truly stunning rallies.

Jankovic dominated the first set, which she won, 6-3. The second set was closer, and Bartoli served for it at 5-4, but Jankovic saved Bartoli's only set point. Jankovic then held two match points when she served at 6-5, but Bartoli saved them both and broke to set up a tiebreak. In the tiebreak, Jankovic immediately got a minibreak, but then Bartoli reeled off six straight points and won the tiebreak on her second set point.

In the third set, Bartoli--playing with both legs fully bandaged--looked even sharper, while more errors came off of Jankovic's racquet. In the end, Jankovic had hit many more winners than Bartoli, but the unforced errors did her in. Bartoli, who was last year's finalist, won the match on her second match point--3-6, 7-6, 6-3.

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