Friday, February 10, 2012

Bartoli fights past Vinci in Paris

"I don't know how I got out of the match," 2nd seed Marion Bartoli said of her Paris quarterfinal round today against Roberta Vinci. Bartoli was a set and 1-4 down in the second set, and 2-5 down in the third. But after two hours and 40 minutes, she emerged the winner, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6. The two players have very contrasting styles, which made for a good show, even without the thrills.

Also getting a big win was Angelique Kerber, who defeated top seed Maria Sharapova 6-4, 6-4. Yanina Wickmayer, who lost to Mona Barthel in the Hobart final, beat her today, 6-4, 6-7, 6-3. In the fourth quarterfinal, Klara Zakopalova took out 6th seed Julia Goerges, 3-6, 7-5, 6-1.

In Pattaya City, top seed Vera Zvonareva had to retire against Sorana Cirstea because of a left hip injury. Defending champion Daniela Hantuchova advanced to the semifinals with a win over Vania King, Hsieh Su-Wei defeated Sania Mirza, and Maria Kirilenko defeated Tammy Tanasugarn.

Laura Robson and Galina Voskoboeva retired earlier in the tournament, and in Paris, both Jill Craybas and Li Na had to retire in early matches.

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