Dementieva, Petrova Stay Alive at WTA Philadelphia


Posted on November 3, 2005

No. 4 seed Elena Dementieva kept her WTA Championship qualifying hopes alive Wednesday, defeating German qualifier Angelika Bachmann 6-3, 6-4.

"There is extra motivation for me," said Dementieva, now within one win of making the year-end trip to L.A. "Knowing that I have a chance to play next week."

Other seeded winners were WTA Champs hopeful and No. 6 seed Nadia Petrova (d. (Q) Poutchek), and (7) Nicole Vaidisova (d. Koukalova from a set down).

"She played a great match, but I was able to break through on the important points, which was key," said Vaidisova who won her 17th match in a row. "This is my last tournament of the year, so I want to do really well. I'm not really thinking about the win streak, I just want to have a great tournament."

Unseeded winners Wednesday were Czech Kveta Peschke (d. Craybas 1-and-1), Slovak Martina Sucha (d. (LL) Haynes), and American Mashona Washington (d. Panova).

On tap for Thursday are Shvedova vs. Petrova, Sugiyama vs. Mauresmo, Peschke vs. Karatantcheva, and Raymond vs. Gehrlein.
Rankings
ATP - Feb 23 WTA - Feb 23
1 Novak Djokovic1 Serena Williams
2 Roger Federer2 Maria Sharapova
3 Andy Murray3 Simona Halep
4 Rafael Nadal4 Petra Kvitova
5 Kei Nishikori5 Caroline Wozniacki
6 Milos Raonic6 Ana Ivanovic
7 Stan Wawrinka7 Eugenie Bouchard
8 Tomas Berdych8 Agnieszka Radwanska
9 David Ferrer9 Ekaterina Makarova
10 Grigor Dimitrov10 Andrea Petkovic
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