Sunday, January 13, 2013

Gajdosova out of Brisbane International

Updated January 03, 2013 17:27:29

Jarmila Gajdosova has been dumped out of the Brisbane International by Ukrainian lucky loser Lesia Tserenko in three sets.

Gajdosova started the match superbly winning the first set 6-1, but lost the second by the same score.

The third was a close-run affair but the Ukrainian broke early and held on for victory to send out the last Australian woman in the draw.

Ultimately the difference between the players was the weakness of Gajdosova's second serve which Tserenko could feast upon, while after the first set she gave the Australian little chance of breaking her.

Gajdosova was set to play Maria Sharapova in the second round, after securing her first main draw victory since the French Open when she downed 16th seed Roberta Vinci in the opening round.

Sharapoova's withdrawal from the event yesterday with a collarbone injury left Gajdosoca facing Tserenko who lost in the final qualifying round to Russia's Olga Puchkova.

Earlier, Fourth seed Angelique Kerber of Germany scraped into the quarter-finals of the Brisbane International after eventually overhauling Puerto Rican qualifier Monica Puig.

The 19-year-old, ranked 124 in the world, gave Kerber a huge scare before the German triumphed 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 winning the third-set tie-breaker 9-7.

Kerber will meet unseeded Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the quarter finals.

Sloane Stephens will take on fellow American Serena Williams in the quarter-finals after defeating Sofia Arvidsson of Sweden 6-3, 6-4.

In the men's tournament third seed Gilles Simon beat Alejandro Falla of Colombia 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-5) and will now meet Marcos Baghdatis in the last eight.

The unseeded Baghdatis beat Florian Mayer 6-4, 6-2 to reach the quarter-finals for the third year in succession.

Tags: tennis, sport, brisbane-4000, qld, australia

First posted January 02, 2013 15:57:08

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