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Tennis - 08. May 2012.

Carla Suárez stuns Jankovic at the Madrid Open

Madrid, Spain
May 5-13, 2012

Monday, May 7, 2012

Singles - Second Round

(5) Samantha Stosur (AUS) d. Christina McHale (USA) 26 64 60
(8) Li Na (CHN) d. (WC) Sílvia Soler-Espinosa (ESP) 63 61
(12) Angelique Kerber (GER) d. (WC) Venus Williams (USA) 64 61
Petra Cetkovska (CZE) d. (Q) Lourdes Domínguez Lino (ESP) 64 75

Singles - First Round
(3) Petra Kvitova (CZE) d. Marina Erakovic (NZL) 62 63
(9) Serena Williams (USA) d. Elena Vesnina (RUS) 63 61
(WC) Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP) d. (15) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) 46 76(5) 64
Lucie Safarova (CZE) d. Kaia Kanepi (EST) 64 64
Sara Errani (ITA) d. Chanelle Scheepers (RSA) 46 62 63
Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) d. Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ) 62 76(3)
(Q) Lucie Hradecka (CZE) d. Peng Shuai (CHN) 64 57 64
(Q) Andrea Hlavackova (CZE) d. (Q) Anastasia Rodionova (AUS) 61 64

Doubles - First Round

Groenefeld/Zhang (GER/CHN) d. (6) Mirza/Rodionova (IND/AUS) 63 62
Hsieh/Zheng (TPE/CHN) d. (8) Benesova/Zahlavova Strycova (CZE/CZE) 62 16 106
Dulko/Suárez (ARG/ARG) d. Klepac/Rosolska (SLO/POL) 62 75
Erakovic/Niculescu (NZL/ROU) d. Hercog/King (SLO/USA) w/o (Hercog: low back injury)

The Spaniard is now focusing on Tuesday’s second round match against Lucie Safarova after her “huge victory” against the 15th seed.

Carla Suárez emerged as one of the day’s stars when she managed to get the better of Jelena Jankovic in a tight first round match. The 15th seed was superior in the first set and took it 6-4. The second set turned into a comedy of errors with both players breaking serve on three separate occasions, resulting in a tie-break, where the Canary Island native – with the Stadium 3 crowd behind her – was able to equal the tie 5-7.

After two hours and 47 minutes of play, the encounter was eventually resolved with Carla Suárez winning the finally set 4-6. Up next she faces Lucie Sarafova, who hours earlier beat Kaia Kanepi (6-4, 6-4). Suárez spoke about her upcoming rival after her victory, “Safarova is a tough opponent because she’s left-handed, hits fast balls, which appear even faster due to her height”.

The Spaniard who has already played Jankovic and has Safarova to come, will have a lot more obstacles to overcome if she is to lift the Mutua Madrid Open title. “Unless you are seeded, you are going to have tough opponents. If you want to step up a level and win matches you have to beat the best”.

In the afternoon’s other match, Sara Errani came back to beat Chanelle Scheepers despite losing the opening set 6-4. The Italian won the following two sets 2-6, 3-6 to secure her second round place where fourth seeded Agnieszka Radwanska awaits her.

It was a great day for Czech women’s tennis with all five women from that country who played today making it through. Italy’s Sara Errani came back from  a set down against South Africa’s Chanelle Scheepers to win the match with a 6-4, 2-6, 3-6 final score. She is now through to the second round, where she will meet fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska. In the first of the day’s remaining matches Na Li ended Silvia Soler-Espinosa’s hopes in the Mutua Madrid Open with a convincing 3-6, 1-6 win. After falling behind 2-6 in the first set to Christina McHale, Samantha Stosur fought back to win the second set 6-4. In the decider the Australian dominated, winning it 6-0 to book her place to the second round
By Santi Retortillo | Source photo: Mutua Madrid Open
Makarova/Vesnina (RUS/RUS) d. Gajdosova/Peng (AUS/CHN) 64 75
(WC) Cibulkova/Husarova (SVK/SVK) d. Grandin/Uhlirova (RSA/CZE) 63 67(6) 107
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