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Sole qualifier Kermer advances at the BMW Malaysian Open
BMW MALAYSIAN OPEN
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
February 28-March 6, 2011
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Singles - Second Round
(6) Ayumi Morita (JPN) d. Zhang Shuai (CHN) 60 64
(8) Bojana Jovanovski (SRB) d. (WC) Urszula Radwanska (POL) 16 75 64
Jelena Dokic (AUS) d. Kurumi Nara (JPN) 36 76(6) 62
(Q) Anne Kremer (LUX) d. Noppawan Lertcheewakarn (THA) 76(4) 63
Doubles - Quarterfinals
(WC) Safina/Voskoboeva (RUS/KAZ) d. (4) Camerin/Kustova (ITA/BLR) 76(1) 46 104
Lertcheewakarn/Moore (THA/AUS) d. Chang/U.Radwanska (TPE/POL) 62 64
Doubles - First Round
Aoyama/Chan (JPN/TPE) d. (1) Krajicek/Malek (NED/GER) 63 64
Lu/Xu (CHN/CHN) d. Basuki/Luzhanska (INA/UKR) 67(2) 62 107
Anne Kremer continued her fairytale run in the BMW Malaysian Open 2011 at the Bukit Kiara Equestrian and Country Club when she ousted Noppawan Lertcheewakarn of Thailand to qualify for the quarterfinals.
Kremer, who hails from Luxemburg, had to go through a gruelling two day qualifying round before making it to the main draw.
“Today’s match was my fifth match in five days so I am quite exhausted, as it has been quite tough playing through the qualifiers. I will rest for a day before I face my next match, so hopefully the rest will do me good”, she quipped.
Kremer relied on her service game as well as destructive backhand to defeat the crowd favourite Noppawan 7-6 (4), 6-3. As a qualifier, this is the furthest she has progressed since turning professional in 1999.
“I think the biggest difference between me and my opponent was the fact that I made less mistakes then her. I am not the youngest player in the field, so I had to pace myself. Coming through the qualifiers is not easy as I had to play five matches in as many days,” said Kremer who listed The Shawshank Redemption as her favourite movie.
“I played much better yesterday as I did not take very well to the court in the initial stages of the match. But I was more consistent I suppose and that was the difference today.”
Ironically both the players Kremer has beaten enroute to the last eight were from Asia as Kremer defeated seventh seed Kimiko Date Krumm of Japan in the opening round.
Kremer was once world number 18, a ranking she achieved in 2002. But over the years the 35 year old slipped down the rankings and is currently ranked 169 in the WTA rankings.
She attempted to try her luck in politics having signed as a member of the Democratic and Liberal Youth party in her country. But her attempt to be elected into the Chamber of Deputies in the 2009 election was in vain as she finished in 15th spot and hence was not elected.
Noppawan really had herself to blame for losing the first set as she was not patient enough, often rushing shots and trying to hit winners when really she should have moved her opponent around the court.
“I managed to edge my opponent I suppose because I had more experience, thus I was patient and managed to be more consistent compared to her and that made the difference”, recalled Kremer.
In contrast, Kremer served well, with a total of five aces in the first set as Noppawan struggled to find accuracy, often sending her shots wide at the baseline.
Kremer broke Noppawan in the third game but lost the advantage when she failed to hold on to her serve in the sixth game, no thanks to a double fault.
Noppawan raced to a 5-3 lead but lost the next two service games and that allowed Kremer to draw level. As both players held serve, the set went into a tiebreaker.
And Kremer held her nerve to take the first set 7-6 (4) in 57 minutes and looked confident going into the second set.
Kremer broke her opponents serve three times in the second set to win the set 6-3 and booked a spot in the quarters where she will be up against the winner of the second round match between defending champion Alisa Kleybanova and Michaella Krajicek.
The BMW Malaysian Open 2011, a leg of the Women‟s Tennis Association (WTA) Tour – the world‟s leading professional sport for women is set to serve up the action to Malaysian audiences from 28th February to 6th March 2011 at the Bukit Kiara Equestrian and Country Resort. The tournament proudly presents 32 single players and 16 doubles teams‟competing in a knockout style competition over the course of the seven day tournament for the coveted prize purse of an irresistible 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. The tournament will be held from the 26th of February to the 6th of March at the Bukit Kiara Equestrian and Country Resort.
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