Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Lucie takes down Peer, Wickmayer starts title defence.
The two had played three times before on the WTA, with Peer leading the series, 2-1. After they split the first two sets it seemed Peer was on her way to another victory, building a 5-2 third set lead; she even held match point with Safarova serving at 5-4. But Safarova finished strong, winning 10 of the last 11 points to upset the No.13-ranked Israeli in two hours and 30 minutes, with a score line of 3-6, 6-1, 7-5.
"Shahar is a fighter and the match was very long. In the end, it could've gone either way," Safarova said afterwards. "I'm very happy to win this match. It's nice to perform so well right before the Australian Open. I worked very hard in the off-season and I'm happy to play these kinds of matches right now."
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, the No.5 seed, survived her match, firing 10 aces to no double faults to beat Bojana Jovanovski, 6-2 7-5. Pavlyuchenkova's serve didn't take long to warm up - in her first service game she held at love, with the second, third and fourth points all coming on aces. Pavlyuchenkova is the highest-ranked teen in the world; Jovanovski is the youngest in the Top 100.
In the last first round match, Roberta Vinci beat Christina McHale, 6-2 7-6(2).
In Auckland, defending champion Yanina Wickmayer beat former world number 1 Dinara Safina 6-3 6-7(2) 6-1. I didn't watch the match but still managed to find some interesting things in it;
1. Safina doesn't appear to be sponsored by adidas anymore, this is what she wore!
2. Channel 7 commentators referred to the result as an "upset"
3. Wickmayer didn't ware blue!