Marion Bartoli - Top Tennis Points 2011
Bartoli's step to Istanbul and Kuznetsova's heavy victory
If the day before in half of the matches on the central court there was not a single player from Russia, then on Thursday in all five matches that took place on the main arena, the audience saw one of the Russian tennis players. However, this time it was easier to draw up the schedule accordingly - there was no need to offend the foreign stars, since Marion Bartoli and Janko Tipsarevic were just playing against the Russians. Unless Alexander Dolgopolov stayed outside the central court, but someone had to be sacrificed anyway.
Elena Vesnina (Russia) - Ekaterina Ivanova (Russia, Q) - 6: 3, 6: 4.
Dominika Tsibulkova (Slovakia, 8) - Klara Zakopalova (Czech Republic) - 7: 6 (7: 5), 6: 2.
Marion Bartoli (France, 3) - Ksenia Pervak (Russia) - 6: 1, 6: 1.
Svetlana Kuznetsova (Russia, 6) - Tsvetana Pironkova (Bulgaria) - 7: 5, 7: 5.
Another difference from Wednesday, and from other playing days of the Kremlin Cup - 2011 was that the program practically did not drag on. In singles, only one of eight matches turned out to be three-set, and even that ended up in two hours. The game day began with a Russian derby - Elena Vesnina played against Ekaterina Ivanova , who can be called the opening of this tournament. The 23-year-old tennis player has not played in the main draw of WTA tournaments for the first time, and last year she played, in particular, at Roland Garros, but such significant victories as over Elena Jankovic have never before achieved. For Elena, in singles, this year was not the best way, not counting the final in Charleston; but together with Sanya Mirza Vesnina performed great, and they could have made it to the final tournament in Istanbul if the Hindu had not been injured.
At the start of the game, Ivanova distinguished herself by completing three ace in a row (it is interesting that they remained the only ones in the match). However, this did not save her from losing the serve. In general, Vesnina's game looked a little more integral than the actions of her rival. It cannot be said that Elena acted flawlessly, but the tennis shown to her was enough to outplay Catherine. In addition, after the fifth game, Ivanova called a doctor, and he rewound her left leg; however, in the end it turned out that her muscles just clogged. Nevertheless, Ekaterina began to move worse on the court; Elena quickly took the lead with a score of 5: 2 and, despite the fact that after that she played with drops, she did not experience serious problems. In the second game, the tennis players exchanged breaks twice, and in the end Vesnina again took the opponent's serve and won - 6: 3, 6: 4.
However, after the match, Ekaterina noted that she was not upset at all, because the tournament was perfect for me. This is one of my best career results. I would say that today's match was difficult enough. I was tired after the meetings, because I had to qualify. Yes, and Lena played more actively Yankovic, she pressed me, so I was forced to move far beyond the back line. I threw short balls and she could attack. Of course, today's match was more difficult than the last one.
Elena assessed the match this way: ' At first it was important for me to understand: how she plays, what she likes, what she doesn't like. And the first two or three games I conducted reconnaissance in force, trying to understand her style of play. I cannot say that Katya plays very aggressively, mainly on the mistakes of her opponent '.
Jeremy Chardy (France, Q) - Alexander Dolgopolov (Ukraine, 3) - 6: 3, 7: 6 (8: 6).
Philip Kohlschreiber (Germany) - Gilles Müller (Luxembourg, 7) - 7: 6 (7: 4), 6: 3.
Dmitry Tursunov (Russia, 6) - Julien Benneteau (France, LD) - 6: 3, 7: 6 (7: 1).
Janko Tipsarevic (Serbia, 1) - Igor Kunitsyn (Russia) - 6: 7 (5: 7), 6: 1, 6: 0.
In the quarterfinals Vesnina will play with Marion Bartoli . The Frenchwoman, thanks to the defeat of Agnieszka Radwanska , retained the chances of getting into the coveted eight, took the first step towards achieving this goal. Having missed the first round, in the second she beat Ksenia Pervak - 6: 1, 6: 1. At the same time, despite the same score, the content of the game turned out to be different. In the first, the Russian woman, although she started unsuccessfully, then in each game she fought with her rival, in fact, on equal terms. True, in the endings Bartoli turned out to be stronger almost every time. In the second set, Marion began to play even more confidently and more actively and did not leave Ksenia a serious chance of success. With the score 0: 5, Pervak played five match points, including a triple one, and took the game, but after that Bartoli confidently applied for the match.
Svetlana Kuznetsova won against Tsvetana Pironkova , having won two heavy sets. As usual, the Russian played unevenly, with drops. In addition, when she started to make mistakes, the Bulgarian tennis player was inspired and carried out cool attacks. But it was worth Svetlana to add, and Tsvetana's game immediately faded. But such periods lasted too, too short. As a result, there was a stubborn struggle in both games, but in the end, with the score 5: 5, Kuznetsova managed to make a decisive break. In the quarterfinals, Kaia Kanepi is waiting for her, having saved the hardest match with Francesca Schiavone the day before. And in the last fight in the 1/8 finals, Dominika Tsibulkova beat Klara Zakopalova - 7: 6 (7: 5), 6: 2 and became the next rival of Vera Zvonareva .
Dmitry Tursunov reached the quarterfinals of the men's Kremlin Cup. The Russian started off brilliantly against Julien Benneto , playing something like Andy Roddick in his prime. The serve and forehand worked great, and if necessary he confidently kept the ball in play ... As a result, Dmitry took 15 rallies in a row - of course, not without some help from the Frenchman, but still. True, having led 5: 0, Tursunov slowed down a little and lost three games in a row before hitting the opponent. The second set turned outmuch more difficult. Dmitry once had a chance to make a break, but much more often he himself was on the verge of losing the serve. And on one of Benneto's setballs - fourth, who became the last - Tursunov was saved only by Hawk-Eye, who showed that the line referee made a mistake. In the tie-break, Dmitry outright beat Julien, giving him only one point.
Tursunov's next opponent was determined in the match of his partner in doubles, Igor Kunitsyn , with the first racket of the tournament - Janko Tipsarevic . In the first set there was an equal fight. Both tennis players used their break-points, and Igor played a little better in the tie-break. But it seemed that Kunitsyn did not have enough physical strength for further struggle. Tipsarevich, on the other hand, added to the aggressiveness of the game and the accuracy of his attacks, which brought him victory - 6: 7 (5: 7), 6: 1, 6: 0. The Serb spent a little over an hour on the second and third games.
' In fact, it was very difficult for me to play. I was out of order for two weeks, I had health problems. The last time I played was nine days ago in Shanghai on Tuesday. I have a very late start in this tournament. In the first set, I couldn't hit the ball hard enough. It is difficult to play with an opponent like Igor, because he attacks all the time.
In the second game, I began to enter the court, and everything fell into place. I began to read his presentation better, and he began to make more unforced mistakes. Overall, I am glad that I managed to win in a bitter struggle. I am glad that I won this way ', - noted Yanko after the game.
Thus, the seed leader remained in the Kremlin Cup - but the third number of the tournament, Alexander Dolgopolov , that day was defeated. Jeremy Chardy , who started his path from qualification, beat last year's quarterfinal in two sets - 6: 3, 7: 6 (8: 6). According to the Frenchman, he knew Alexander's game very well and assumed what to expect from him on the court, which helped to achieve the victory. For reaching the semifinals, Jeremy will fight with Philippe Kohlschreiber . The German with a similar score (7: 6 (7: 4), 6: 3) defeated Gilles Müller without letting him make a single break.
All quarterfinals will take place on Friday ... Marion Bartoli with Elena Vesnina , Vera Zvonareva with Dominika Tsibulkova , Nikolay Davydenko with Michael Berrer , Svetlana Kuznetsova with Kaia Kanepi and Yanko Tipsarevich with Dmitry Tursunov . Vera Dushevina will play her match with Lucy Shafarzhova on the first court.