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An All Australian Final Looms at The BMW Malaysian Tennis Open
Quarterfinals singles action took centre stage today at the BMW Malaysian Open 2011 being held at the Bukit Kiara Equestrian and Country Resort, as the path to the final became clearer. Who will be crowned the new BMW Malaysian Open 2011 champion though still remains to be seen.
Friday, March 4, 2011
Singles - Quarterfinals
(5) Lucie Safarova (CZE) d. (2) Marion Bartoli (FRA) 61 64
(4/WC) Jarmila Groth (AUS) d. (6) Ayumi Morita (JPN) 75 36 75
Jelena Dokic (AUS) d. (8) Bojana Jovanovski (SRB) 76(4) 62
Michaella Krajicek (NED) d. (Q) Anne Kremer (LUX) 62 63
Doubles - Semifinals
(WC) Safina/Voskoboeva (RUS/KAZ) d. Aoyama/Chan (JPN/TPE) 75 64
In the quarterfinal match between the sole Asian player left in the competition, Japanese youngster Ayumi Morita, and Jarmila Groth of Australia, the Aussie lass prevailed as she sent Morita packing in three sets, 7-5, 3-6, 7-5.
“My opponent played well this evening and I was troubled by my erratic serve. In the third set I was broken in the long game, and at 5-3, I tried to rush the game and finish it with strong, fast groundstrokes and by doing so I committed many errors. Then there was a turn -around for me as I managed to get my game together and got her to make some unforced errors. I knew I had to beat her to get to the next round and it was very tough, so hopefully my next match will not be so difficult,” said a relieved Jarmila.
Anne Kremer’s fairy tale run of success in the BMW Malaysian Open came to an abrupt end at the quarterfinal stage as she was stopped in her tracks by a very determined Michaella Krajicek of The Netherlands, who played an aggressive game to win in straight sets, registering a 6-2, 6-3 win.
“I was unhappy with myself as I was not serving as well as yesterday and it affected my game. Despite this, I maintained my aggressiveness and focus, and I knew I had to serve better. My opponent is an experienced player and she will exploit any weaknesses, so I did what I knew I could do best at the time, by staying solid when it came to rallies. My next opponent in the semi-finals is a tough opponent who hits the ball hard and takes the game to you, so I will have to be at my very best, game wise in order to upstage her,” said a pleased and optimistic Krajicek.
In the last singles match of the day, an energetic and impressive Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic showed that she was on top of her game as she defeated a seemingly subdued Marion Bartoli in straight sets, posting a 6-1, 6-4 win over the current French number 1 Bartoli tried to make a comeback into the game in the second set but it proved to be too late as Safarova made sure the game did not extend to a third set.
Both Jarmila Groth’s and Jelena Dokic’s impressive ability to come back in a game after seemingly drifting into periods filled with unforced errors and unclear match strategies could set the stage for an all Australian final, unless a determined Krajicek and a focused Safarova have their way.
The BMW Malaysian Open 2011, a leg of the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Tour – The world’s leading professional sport for women is being held from 28th February to 6th March 2011 at the Bukit Kiara Equestrian and Country Resort. The tournament has 32 singles players and 16 doubles teams’ competing in a knockout style competition for the prize purse of USD 220,000.00.
Tickets for the tournament can be obtained from TicketPro through their website at www.ticketpro.com.my or by calling +603 7880 7999. For ticket prices and other information log on to the official website of the tournament at www.bmwmalaysianopen.com.
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