Thursday, June 16, 2011

Hantuchova advances to Eastbourne semifinals

A day after upsetting 2nd seed Li Na in Eastbourne, Daniela Hantuchova defeated Venus Williams 6-2, 5-7, 6-2  in the quarterfinals. Prior to today, Williams held a 10-0 record against Hantuchova. The Eastbourne tournament is Williams' first in four months.

Hantuchova's opponent in the semifinals will be 5th seed Petra Kvitova, who defeated Agnieszka Radwanska 1-6, 6-2, 7-6. As I mentioned earlier this week, Kvitova has become a kind of substitute for Thrill Ride lately; she was down a break in the third set.

Top seed Vera Zvonareva was beaten today by 7th seed Sam Stosur. Stosur was down a set and break when she turned the match around and won it, 4-6, 7-6, 6-4. The match lasted over two hours and 48 minutes, and featured a half dozen breaks of serve.

Stosur's opponent in the semifinals will be 6th seed Marion Bartoli, who won her quarterfinal match when 3rd seed Victoria Azarenka retired--again--with a thigh strain. Bartoli took the first set 6-2, and was up 2-0 when Azarenka stopped playing.

In doubles, the first and second seeds--Peschke/Srebotnik and Huber/Raymond--are still in the competition, as are the unseeded teams of Mattek-Sands/Shaughnessy and Martinez Sanchez/Medina Garrigues.


Wayne said...

Bravo Daniela !!
Played quite brilliantly for the first set and a half before the wind kicked in. Regrouped well in the third. 10-zip over 10 long years, that win today must have felt sweet indeed.

Diane said...

I think Hantuchova is going to make a nice run at Wimbledon; I can't wait to see who's in her draw.

Emily or as Carlos likes to call me "Captain" said...

Daniela has been on fire! I am so happy she is regaining form :)

Fingers crossed for a deep run at Wimby, she is probably the most dangerous player in the draw. Inform and plays her best tennis on grass!