Radwanskas Record Second Round Wins
by Greg Estroff|
Urszula Radwanska edged sixth-seeded Jelena Jankovic in one of a couple of upsets Thursday in second round action at the Southern California Open.
From 2-2 in the third set, Radwanska took four of the next five games for a 62 46 63 victory to make her fourth WTA quarterfinal of the year and her second straight in Carlsbad.
"I'm very happy that I won this match today," said Radwanska, who takes on No.1 seed Victoria Azarenka in Friday's evening session. "This is a huge step for me because she was No.1 in the past, and I was playing her for the first time.
"I knew I had to fight for every point and be focused. I think the key is when I was up 3-2 in the third set and then I won two games pretty easily."
Radwanska talked about how older sister Agnieszka's success has inspired her.
"She has motivated me a lot," Radwanska said. "When I see she's winning, I want to do the same. I want to be as good as she is. She's been at the top level for a few years. I'm still getting there. On the court, we are a little bit different. She's a little bit quiet. I'm more emotional. I hope one day I'll be in the spot where she is now."
Speaking of Agnieszka, she joined Urszula in Friday's quarters by beating Daniela Hantuchova, 63 63, her sixth win in eight matches in the series. The 2010 Carlsbad runner-up and 2011 champion is now 10-1 at this event. Next up for the second-seeded Pole is fifth-seeded Samantha Stosur.
"The first match is always tricky, especially because the conditions are a bit different than Stanford," said Radwanska, who was runner-up last week in Stanford. "You have to see how the courts are, how the balls are flying. I think at the end I was playing much better."
The night session saw No.7 seed Ana Ivanovic rally from a 5-2 deficit in the first set tie-break en route to a 76(5) 63 defeat of the last American left in the draw and the last qualifier, Coco Vandeweghe. The Serb's quarterfinal foe will be Roberta Vinci, whom she is 5-3 against.
Earlier Thursday, Virginie Razzano beat eighth-seeded Carla Suárez Navarro in a mild surprise. The Frenchwoman had not recorded a Top 20 win since her monumental upset of Serena Williams in the first round of the 2012 French Open, but made her first WTA quarterfinal of the year at her last outing in Bastad, posted an impressive win over two-time Grand Slam champion Svetlana Kuznetsova in the first round here and now is into another quarterfinal after a 61 64 defeat of World No.19 Suárez Navarro. Next up for her is No.3 seed Petra Kvitova.
Thursday wasn't all bad for Jankovic, as later in the day she teamed up with Katarina Srebotnik to defeat Sania Mirza and Flavia Pennetta in the doubles quarterfinals. And in an doubles upset, Chan Hao-Ching and Janette Husarova eliminated No.1 seeds Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Kveta Peschke.
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