(February 15, 2015) Italian wildcard and 10th seed Flavia Pennetta saved four match points in the second set before coming back to win 2-6, 7-6 (3), 6-4 over lucky loser Julia Goerges of Germany in the Dubai Tennis Championships on Sunday.
It appeared certain that Goerges was going to have the first upset of the tournament as she led by a set and 5-2 and held match points at 5-3. But Pennetta fought back held off a late charge from Goerges to win in two hours 15 minutes.
“I was just playing until the last point and believing until the last point,” Pennetta said of her win.
“I was almost crying on the court because I was feeling so bad, but sometimes you don’t feel really good in the beginning of the year. Last year I was really good in the beginning, and this year I’ve been trying to find my good tennis, but it’s not coming. But I have to play with what I have now.
“But I like to fight. When you fight and win matches like this, you get closer to a good level.”
Former Wimbledon finalist Sabine Lisicki has set up clash with fourth seed and former world No. 1 Ana Ivanovic as she defeated Monica Niculescu 6-3, 6-4, hitting 16 aces during the match. Rising star Belinda Bencic, who beat Karin Knapp will have a second round meeting with defending champion Venus Williams.
Tsvetana Pironkova overcame Klara Koukalova 6-3 4-6 6-3, but Svetlana Kuznetsova into the second round when Kaia Kanepi retired with a back injury as Kuznetsova was leading 4-1.