Thursday, May 8, 2014

Garcia advances to Madrid quarterfinals

Caroline Garcia continued her excellent clay court season today by upsetting Sara Errani and advancing to the quarterfinals in Madrid. Garcia had some luck in the second round when Maria Kirilenko gave her a walkover. Still, her 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 win over Errani was impressive. Also advancing to the quarterfinals today were Serena Williams, Petra Kvitova, Ana Ivanovic, Maria Sharapova, Li Na, Aga Radwanska, and Simona Halep.

Radwanska had an easy win over Roberta Vinci, but her second round match was another story. She beat a surprisingly resurgent Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-3, 4-6, 7-5. Naturally (I've had this kind of luck lately), I had to leave right as the third set began.

Halep's match was just a little too "typical." She lost the first set to an aggressive Sabine Lisicki, but then took control of the match. Halep has to start winning some of these matches in straight sets, or she's just going to wear herself out.

Here is the quarterfinal draw:

Serena Williams vs. Petra Kvitova
Maria Sharapova vs. Li Na
Simona Halep vs. Ana Ivanovic
Caroline Garcia vs. Agnieszka Radwanska

In doubles, wild cards Carla Suarez Navarro and Garbine Muguruza have advanced to the semifinals. Today, they upset 6th seeds Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears; in the 2nd round, they upset 5th seeds Kveta Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik. In the first round, they upset Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond. Quite a run.

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