01
May
11

Mattek-Sands rallies to defeat Ivanovic as Goerges upsets Kanepi.

Bethanie Mattek-Sands rallyed from 60 31 down to beat No.15 seed Ana Ivanovic, 06 64 64. Mattek-Sands, ranked 22 spots lower than the No.18-ranked Ivanovic at No.40, lost the first set in just 23 minutes but never gave up hope against her. The first set wasn’t the worst set I’ve ever played, she just came out on fire and I was missing a couple of shots here and there,” Mattek-Sands said. “I just needed to get my footing beneath me on the clay and hang in there. It was great tennis – both of us were playing well, it just came down to who was better at the end of the day. Obviously I’m an aggressive player too and it paid off.”

Vania King, ranked No.109 now but a former Top 50 player, had the opposite trend in her match against No.23-ranked Nadia Petrova, blowing through her first set in 24 minutes and holding off a late charge from the two-time French Open semifinalist to win, 61 76(5). King missed one match point at 61 54. In what many expected would be an Ivanovic-Petrova second round match-up, Mattek-Sands and King will have an all-American duel for a place in the third round. Mattek-Sands leads King in their head-to-head series, 2-0.

In the only other upset of the day, Julia Goerges fired 12 aces to keep her clay court win streak going with a 67(3) 61 64 win over No.14 seed Kaia Kanepi. Goerges, who won her first Premier title in Stuttgart a week ago, led 4-2 before dropping the first set but regrouped to extend her streak to seven wins in a row. “To beat a player like Kaia is a good win,” Goerges said. “It has been different since I won Stuttgart. When you come here after a win like that, a lot of people are congratulating you. But everyone is tough to beat here – all the best players are here. We’re also not indoors anymore and the ball jumps differently, so you have to get used to it. I’m happy I managed it well today and was able to win.”

 

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