Kerber vs Sharapova, Wickmayer vs Barhel, Zakopalova vs Goerges, Vinci vs Baroli in quarter finals the WTA Open GDF Suez in Paris

  • At the Women’s Tennis Association Open GDF Suez second round in Paris, top seed Maria Sharapova of Russia defeated Chanelle Schepers of South Africa in straight sets (6-3, 6-1) on February 8 to continue her quest for number one ranking.
  • Also in the second round, sixth seed Julia Goerges of Germany defeated Petra Cetkovska of Czech Republic (6-1, 6-4).

  • Still in the first round, seventh seed Roberta Vinci of Italy defeated Simone Halep of Romania in a tight match (6-4,6-4).
  • Anabel Medina Garrigues of Spain was taken out by sixty-second ranked and home-towner Pauline Parmentier in three sets (2-6, 6-3, 6-3).
  • Yanina Wickmayer of Belorus defeated American Jill Craybas who after the first set (6-1) ret with a right leg injury.
  • Monica Niculescu of Romania defeated Lacoste model Jarmila Gajdosova of Australia (6-1, 4-6, 6-4).
  • American Christina McHale defeated fellow American Varvara Lepchenko (6-4, 7-5).
  • Klara Zakopalova of the Czech Republic defeated Alizé Cornet of France (6-3, 6-1).
  • Taking a third tie-breaker in the first round, American Bethanie Mattek-Sands defeated Kristina Barrois of Germany (7-6, 6-2).

  • On February 9, Marion Bartoli of France defeated Petra Martic of Croatia (7-5, 6-1) to take her place in the Open GDF Suez quarterfinals. Despite seven double-faults, second seed Bartoli won seven consecutive games to lead 4-0 in the second set. “My serve cost me in the first set,’ she said. ‘Either I was making double- faults or I was serving too softly.’ Isn’t that everyone’s problem.
  • Italian Vinci beat qualifying American Bethanie Mattek-Sands (6-3, 1-6, 6-3). The seventh-seed broke twice in the final set, but clinched her victory when Mattek-Sands put a backhand in the net. In the first set, Mattek-Sands struggled with her serve. She made four double-faults and landing less than half of her first serves. But the American jumped ahead 5-0 in the next set to even the match following a wide forehand. Against the odds, injured Mattek-Sands finished the match. Suffering from back pain, in the last set, she sobbed through the changeover and a therapist was called in to massage her left hip and thigh.
  • Belorussian Wickmayer ousted American McHale (6-2, 7-5). Saving three match points, the teenaged American staved off the challenge at 5-4, but Wickmayer converted her fourth match point off a wide backhand.
  • Barthel of Germany defeated the French wild card Pauline Parmentier (6-3, 6-0). The German qualifier, who won the Hobart International last month in Australia, converted her second match point with a spectacular backhand crosscourt winner.
  • With her first quarterfinal since the Korea Open in September, Czech Zakopalova cruised past Tsvetana Pironkova (6-0, 6-3).
  • A U.S. Open semifinalist, Kerber edged Monica Niculescu of Romania (6-3, 4-6, 6-3).

In Friday’s quarters, Kerber plays top-seeded Maria Sharapova, Wickmayer faces Barthel, Zakopalova meets sixth-seeded Julia Goerges of Germany and Vinci takes on Bartoli.