Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Top 4 seeds advance in Indian Wells qualies, Sorana posts a win too!
Canada’s Rebecca Marino, who reached her first WTA final last month in Memphis, led the way with a 7-5 7-5 win over German Tatjana Malek. The 20 year old will face Petra Cetkovska for a place in the main draw after the Czech advanced with a 6-4 1-6 6-1 victory over France’s Virginie Razzano.
Romanian Monica Niculescu converted on seven of 13 break points to ease past Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko 6-2 6-3 in one hour and 14 minutes, earning a match-up with German Kathrin Woerle, a 7-5 6-4 winner over Austrian Patricia Mayr-Achleitner.
Alize Cornet of France was untroubled in a 6-3 6-1 win over China’s Xinyun Han, while compatriot Mathilde Johansson worked hard to overcome American wild card Krista Hardebeck 4-6 7-5 6-3.
Two Americans stayed in the running for one of 12 main draw berths. Wild card Madison Keys defeated Japan’s Junri Namigata 6-4 6-4 and Jamie Hampton rallied past Arantxa Rus of The Netherlands 3-6 7-6(5) 6-2.
In more exciting tennis news, Sorana Cirstea won her qualifying match against Sabine Lisicki! Sorana came back from a set down to pull of a 4-6 7-6(2) 6-2. I find it intresting these two young girls, who where in the top 30, not too long ago, and playing in grand slam quarterfinals just two years ago are now playing in the qualifying of Indian Wells. These talented two young players should be seeded in the top 20, anyway Sorana will play worlds-number-429 Monica Puig to get a berth in the main draw, how could she loose? Oh wait, its Sorana.
Other players advancing were; 11th seed Tamira Paszek, 10th seed Ksenia Pervak, 9th seed Laura Pous Tio, Anastasia Pivovarova, 19th seed Kirsten Flipkens and 7th seed Shuai Zhang.