Clijsters, Zvonareva Win; Quarterfinals Begin at Australian Open
by Staff | January 24th, 2011, 8:19 am
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Things went pretty much according to plan on the women’s side Monday at the Australian Open, where No. 3 seed and perennial title favorite Kim Clijsters defeated Russian Ekaterina Makarova 7-6(3), 6-2 to move into the quarterfinals in the day’s late match.

The Belgian mom will next face No. 12 seed Agnieszka Radwanska, who Monday needed three sets to put away unseeded Peng Shuai of China 7-5, 3-6, 7-5.

Radwanska fought off two match point against the two-handed-off-both-sides Shuai, a frequent adversary.

“I was playing against her almost every Grand Slam: at Wimbledon and US Open,” Radwaska said. “I remember I was always playing against her at least three hours and three sets. I didn’t expect an easy match today so…I’m just happy that I came back and won this match and I’m in the quarterfinal.”

For Shuai — not so happy.

“After match, I was really sad,” said Shuai, who served for the match at 5-4. “I think when the third set I was down 1-3, love-40, I was come back from 5-3. I had two match points. I think at that time I really little bit tight, then also maybe little bit unlucky. I have one shot out, little bit drop on the line. The tennis is like this. Like sometimes you down, you win. Sometimes you up, you lose.”

The 21-year-old Radwanska is in her first tournament back since foot surgery in October, not certain if she could compete in Melbourne after first practicing just before the start of the tournament.

World No. 2 Vera Zvonareva moved into the quarters where she will next face Czech No. 25 seed Petra Kvitova. Zvonareva advanced by defeating unseeded Czech Iveta Benesova 6-4, 6-1, while Kvitova needed three sets to get past No. 22 seed Flavia Pennetta.

After her match, journalists were more interested in the competitiveness, or lack of, on the WTA tour without the William sisters at full strength.

“I always wish for Serena to play all the events because I think she’s great for women’s tennis,” Zvonareva said. “She’s a great player, she’s a great athlete. We all respect her a lot. But I think there is a very tough draw. Women’s side is very strong at the moment. There are so many players that can go very far in the tournaments, and you can never predict it. I think this kind of challenge makes women’s tennis very interesting. You know, even if Serena is not here, I really think there are so many great players out there. It is still a great competition.”

The wide-eyed nervous Kvitova was another story after her match, nervously replying to questions and stroking her hair during her post-match conference, adjusting to the attention of advancing to the quarterfinals of a Slam.

“I was very nervous in the first set,” Kvitova said of her three-set win. “I thought that it will be fighting, and it was, so I just wanted to try for just focus on each point. But all match was very close and very tough…When I played against [Sam] Stosur, I didn’t was nervous or something like that, so I just want to enjoy. But today I was slowly, and I didn’t focus for each point in the first set.”

Tuesday in Melbourne will begin the women’s semifinals with (30) Andrea Petkovic vs. (9) Na Li, and (1) Caroline Wozniacki vs. (6) Francesca Schiavone.

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One Comment for Clijsters, Zvonareva Win; Quarterfinals Begin at Australian Open

Josh Bass Says:

I wonder if I can borrow the time machine that Petkovic used to go play at the 2998 Aussie Open.

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