Friday, February 1, 2013

Barthel and Mladenovic advance to Paris semifinals

2011 champion and 2nd seed Petra Kvitova lost in the Paris semifinals today. She was beaten 6-3, 6-4 by Kristina Mladenovic. Kvitova, who was once unstoppable on indoor courts, had a lot of difficulty with her second serve, and double-faulted nine times. 3rd seed Marion Bartoli also lost; the Frenchwoman went out in straight sets to Mona Barthel.

Yet another upstart, Kiki Bertens, beat Lucie Safarova. Top seed Sara Errani advanced, however, defeating Carla Suarez Navarro 7-5, 4-6, 7-5 in a quarterfinal that lasted three hours.

Meanwhile, in Pattaya City, Nina Bratchikova, Sorana Cirstea, 5th seed Sabine Lisicki, and 2nd seed Maria Kirilenko (def. Elena Vesnina) advanced to the semifinals. Top seed Ana Ivanovic was defeated in the first round by Ayumi Morita, who also beat Kimiko Date-Krumm, but lost in the quarterfinals to Bratchikova.


Unknown said...

Was it not Kerber who was the defending Paris champion? Kvitova won it in 2011 over CLijsters.

Diane said...

Ah, you're right. I'm living in 2011! Thanks, Omair; I'll fix it.

Unknown said...

No problem, happens with me as well.