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Tennis - 10. May 2012.

Kvitova ends campaign at the Madrid Open

Madrid, Spain
May 5-13, 2012

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Singles - Third Round

(1) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d. (13) Ana Ivanovic (SRB) 64 64
(5) Samantha Stosur (AUS) d. Petra Cetkovska (CZE) 63 62
(8) Li Na (CHN) d. (12) Angelique Kerber (GER) 75 64

Singles - Second Round

(Q) Lucie Hradecka (CZE) d. (3) Petra Kvitova (CZE) 64 63
(4) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. Sara Errani (ITA) 60 61
Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) d. (16) Maria Kirilenko (RUS) 64 64
Roberta Vinci (ITA) d. Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) 61 62

Doubles - Second Round
(2) Peschke/Srebotnik (CZE/SLO) d. Goerges/Stosur (GER/AUS) 62 36 107
(5) Errani/Vinci (ITA/ITA) d. (WC) Pavlyuchenkova/Safarova (RUS/CZE) 61 63
(7) Shvedova/Voskoboeva (KAZ/KAZ) d. Medina Garrigues/Parra Santonja (ESP/ESP) 63 62

Llagostera Vives/Martínez Sánchez (ESP/ESP) d. Hsieh/Zheng (TPE/CHN) 64 64

By Santi Retortillo | Source photo: Mutua Madrid Open

Petra Kvitova unexpectedly lost her second round match at the Mutua Madrid Open against her compatriot Lucie Hradecka, ending her campaign to defend the title she won last year at the Caja Mágica. Sam Stosur, meanwhile, is through to the quarter-finals.

This Wednesday brought the Mutua Madrid Open’s first big upsets. In the men’s draw, John Isner was knocked out by Marin Cilic and there was an even bigger surprise in the women’s competition, where the reigning champion exited the tournament after losing her second-round encounter against another Czech, Lucie Hradecka, who had come through the qualifying stages.

The biggest match of the day was the duel between Victoria Azarenka and Ana Ivanovic, which ended in victory for the top seed. The winner of the Australian Open, as well as in Sydney, Doha and the Premier Mandatory tournament at Indian Wells was more clinical at crucial moments and eventually closed out the game to seal her place in the quarters where she will meet China’s Na Li.

However, the world no. 4 got off to a poor start in her match and from that point was never able to get into the swing of things against the Roland Garros doubles champion. Hradecka won the first set 6-4, and took the initiative in the second against a nervy Kvitova to win the match 6-3. In order to reach the quarter-finals she will have to get past Ekaterina Makarova first, who beat Maria Kirilenko.

The winner of that match will go on to face Australia’s Sam Stosur who, after struggling in her first two encounters, had a more convincing victory in the third round over Petra Catkovska (6-3, 6-2).

Four matches were played in women’s doubles, all of them very interesting affairs. It was a bitter-sweet day for the Spanish pairs; Nuria Llagostera and María José Martínez defeated Su-Wei Hsieh y Jie Zheng 4-6, 4-6 and will now meet the partnership formed by Kveta Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik who, as second seeds, look like good bets to take this year’s title; The downside came with the elimination of Anabel Medina and Arantxa Parra, who were beaten 3-6, 2-6 by Kazakhs Yaroslava Shvedova and Galina Voskoboeva. Two other big favourites to win the tournament, Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci crushed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Lucie Safarova (1-6, 3-6).

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