Second straight tournament, second straight win for Germanyâ€™s Julia Goerges over No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki. This time it was 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 in the third round of the Madrid open on Thursday.
Goerges had to rally from 0-3 down in the first set while in the second set the momentum swung Wozniackiâ€™s way as she broke the her opponent’s serve twice.
Goerges said, â€œthe second set she started to be more aggressive and I started to get tired, so I said to myself keep yourself together for the third set and try to fight for every point.â€
What made the difference in this match? Goerges was more aggressive with her shots hitting 36 winners to Wozniackiâ€™s 11.
â€œI tried to get her (Wozniacki) out of her rhythm and not let her push me and be the first to push her,â€ she told a news conference. â€œI like to play high balls to her backhand and if she goes short I have a chance to go for the shots. The second set she started to be more aggressive and I started to get tired, so I said to myself keep yourself together for the third set and try to fight for every point.
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova stunned fifth-seeded Samantha Stosur 7-6 (7-4), Â 6-3
Another day, another WTA “Hot Shotâ€œ makes good. On Wednesday it was Dominika Cibulkova on Thursday it was Bethanie Mattek-Sands. Mattek-Sands had the win of her career forced out No. 3 seed Francesca Schiavone 7-6(5), 6-3.
Mattek-Sands, “she was serving great today, but my return is one of my best shots and I think there was only one break in the match.” “I’m playing free, is the best way to put it. I’m playing aggressive and confident, even if I miss a couple here and there. I’m going for it and that makes the difference.”
“I’m really happy with my play on clay right now. I feel like a true dirtballer.”
“Francesca is probably one of the best competitors on the tour. We played her in doubles yesterday and she played a great match again. Today, every point from the beginning, it was on. She’s a great champion, obviously won the French Open last year, and this victory gives me a lot of confidence.â€
This was only Mattek-Sandsâ€™ second career win over a top ten player.
Meanwhile, Victoria Azarenka is quietly moving through the draw destroying opponents. On Thursday she ran over Spain’s Arantxa Parra Santonja 6-0, 6-3. “I played a very solid game…..I was dominating the whole match, which gives me a good feeling and a lot of confidence,” said Azarenka.
WTA Results â€“ Thursday, May 5, 2011
Singles â€“ Third Round
Julia Goerges (GER) d. (1) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) 64 16 63
Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) d. (3) Francesca Schiavone (ITA) 76(5) 63
(4) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d. (WC) Arantxa Parra Santonja (ESP) 60 63
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d. (5) Samantha Stosur (AUS) 76(4) 63
(6) Li Na (CHN) d. Roberta Vinci (ITA) 26 62 61
Lucie Safarova (CZE) d. Jarmila Gajdosova (AUS) 63 63
Doubles â€“ Quarterfinals
(2) Peschke/Srebotnik (CZE/SLO) d. Mirza/Vesnina (IND/RUS) 75 75
(3) King/Shvedova (USA/KAZ) d. (6) Mattek-Sands/Shaughnessy (USA/USA) 75 57 108 (Match TB)
Dellacqua/Stubbs (AUS/AUS) d. Hsieh/Yan (TPE/CHN) 46 76(5) 119 (Match TB)