Russians kept up the flag flying high at home, at the St. Petersburg Open on Wednesday.
In the last of the first-round matches, Russian qualifier Anastasia Gasanova reached the second round with a 6-2, 6-7(6), 7-5 win over Ukraine’s Katarina Zavatska in three hours and four minutes. While this match set the tournament record for the longest match, it was quickly pushed to second place by another match featuring another Russian on the same day.
In the second round, wildcard Vera Zvonareva and third seed Fiona Ferro battled it out for three hours and 10 minutes – to post the new tournament record for the longest match – before the former world no. 2 claimed the win. Zvonareva dropped the opening set but was eventually to post a 6-7(6), 7-5, 7-6(2) comeback win over the Frenchwoman, a semi-finalist at the Lyon Open last week.
Post-match, talking about the match, Zvonareva said, “We both were fighting for every point, trying to hang in there. I think I was able to play some good tennis when it mattered, and I’m happy with the win of course.”
Zvonareva now awaits the winner of the Gasanova-Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova match in the quarter-finals.
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Top-seed Ekaterina Alexandrova also reached the quarter-finals. The world no. 33 defeated Tereza Martincova 6-3, 6-4 in their second-round clash. Alexandrova hit 19 winners, almost four times as many as Martincova’s five across the 73-minute match. Alexandrova will play either Katerina Siniakova or fellow Russian Margarita Gasparyan next.
Romanian Jaqueline Cristian, who qualified for the main draw, caused the other upset at the St. Petersburg Open on Wednesday. Cristian defeated sixth seed Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 7-6(9) in an hour and 59 minutes in the second round. In the quarter-finals, Cristian will play fourth seed, Svetlana Kuznetsova. Kuznetsova dashed the hopes of Chinese qualifier Xinyu Wang 6-1, 7-5 in their second-round clash.
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