Thursday, May 15, 2014

Sara Errani: Last Italian woman standing in Rome

Ana Ivanovic beat Maria Sharapova for the first time in seven years today in Rome. And in straight sets. The 2007 French Open champion beat the 2012 Rome champion in 6-1, 6-4. Meanwhile, two-time Rome champion Jelena Jankovic eliminated Flavia Pennetta from the tournament by beating her in straight sets, and Aga Radwanska defeated Francesca Schiavone. That means that Sara Errani is the last Italian woman left in the draw. Errani beat qualifier Petra Cetkovska 6-4, 7-6.

Li Na, as previously noted, had her first-ever victory over Sam Stosur, and Charleston champions Anabel Medina Garrigues and Yaroslava Shvedova upset top seeds Hsieh Su-Wei and Peng Shuai in doubles. Tomorrow, Cara Black and Sania Mirza will play Errani and partner Roberta Vinci.

Also tomorrow, Jankovic and Radwanska will vie for a spot in the semifinals.


Anonymous said...

In Madrid , both
Li & Halep let Sharapova off the hood, especially Li. Not Ivanovic this time.

These tennis channel commentators always rooting for Sharapova and quoting previous match results assuming she would come back and won eventually. It is most irritating.

There is a reason for losing the first set all three times. She was moving clumsily on clay especially at Room. Her luck ran out.

Diane said...

I think maybe she's tired and just dragging. Seemed a bit sluggish, like "old times." This may be one of those "blessing in disguise" things for her. But not to take anything away from Ana.