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Baltacha knocks off the top seed in Turkey!

Elena Baltacha pulled off a surprise straight sets win over top seed and French Open champion Francesca Schiavone to move into the quarter-finals of the Istanbul Cup in the Turkish capital today.

Having battled past Turkish wild-card Cagla Buyukakcay in the first round Baltacha looked a different player as she took the game to the stunned Italian and triumphed 6-4 6-2 in one hour and 25 minutes.

Baltacha stretched the Schiavone serve throughout, breaking five times on her way to securing her third tour quarter-final place of the year, where she will next meet the German sixth seed Andrea Petkovic.

Third seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova eased through with a 6-3 6-2 win over Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia. Romania’s Sorana Cirstea and Austria’s Jarmila Groth completed the last eight line-up.

Speaking after the victory, the British number one said: “I’m really proud of today. I’ve had such a great year, it feels amazing.


British tennis gets a glimmer of hope!

Just as British tennis had sunk to an all time low after the Davis Cup defeat by Lithuania, and the questions surrounding their pride and joy Andy Murray, along comes Elena Baltacha. She is through to the third round of the BNP Paribas Open after an impressive victory against seventh seed Li Na of China.

Baltacha is the first British woman to beat a top 10 player since Sam Smith beat Conchita Martinez – then ranked seventh and seeded eighth – in the third round of Wimbledon in 1998.

The qualifier won 7-6 (10-8) 2-6 7-6 (9-7) in a marathon match that last almost three hours in Indian Wells.

She fought back from 5-1 down in the third set tiebreaker to seal her first win over a top-10 ranked player.

Baltacha next plays Aussie wildcard Alicia Molik, who beat Spain’s Anabel Medina Garrigues 6-4 5-7 7-6 (5-3).

“As the tiebreak started, she just came out with unbelievable stuff,” said the elated British number one afterwards.

“I think she hit four backhand winners down the line. I thought, ‘OK, yeah, that’s why you’re top 10. I understand.’

“But then at 5-1, I went into the zone and I felt really strong and I just fought my heart out,” added the 26-year-old, who saved two match points in that tiebreaker en route to the victory.

Baltacha, who came through two qualifying matches as well as a first-round contest, said she thought the first-round bye given to all 32 seeded players might have made things harder for Li.

“I think sometimes with the top players, the best time to play them is when they haven’t played a match,” she added.

“They haven’t experienced the conditions, they haven’t experienced the court, and it can be a bit tricky for them.”

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