Thursday, April 5, 2012

Hercog upsets Bartoli in Charleston

Polona Hercog upset world number 7 Marion Bartoli
Polona Hercog was down 2-4 today in the third set of her third round match against Marion Bartoli at the Family Circle Cup. Bartoli, who played a three-hour match yesterday, appeared to be headed for another hard-fought win when Hercog started hitting winners on both sides, breaking Bartoli, and going on to upset her 6-4, 1-6, 6-4.

Hercog, whose forehand is especially effective on clay courts, is ranked number 38 in the world. Two weeks ago, in Miami, the Slovenian player lost a three-set match to Marion Bartoli in the second round. Bartoli, of course, would go on to advance to the semifinals after breaking Victoria Azarenka's 26-match streak.

Lucie Safarova
An upset I thought might occur did  not. Lucie Safarova defeated Aleksandra Wozniak 6-2, 6-7, 6-1. Wozniak's service game declined considerably in the third set.

 In an all-Russian match, 2006 champion Nadia Petrova defeated Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-1, 6-4, and 2008 champion Serena Williams defeated Marina Erakovic 6-2, 6-2.

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