Ana Ivanovic Battles Past Jill Craybas At 2011 Pattaya Open; Maria Kirilenko Upset

Anna Ivanovic

In a match that had a lot more drama than I would have expected, for a few reasons, second-seeded Ana Ivanovic defeated Jill Craybas in three sets 4-6 6-1 7-5. There was a 40 minute delay just three games into the match due to a power outage. After returning and losing the first set, Ana swept the last two to gain victory. But don’t be misled by the 6-1 score in the second set. Ana had to fight off five break points in that set. She was also broken twice in the third set. Her next match will be against Italy’s Roberta Vinci, who will give her a lot more trouble than Craybas if Ana continues to struggle on serve.

Maria Kirilenko

But if Ana can get by Roberta Vinci, she could go all the way to the final, as third-seed and potential semi-final foe Maria Kirilenko squandered three match points to lose to 560th ranked Galina Voskoboeva. Maria was up 6-1 5-2 and serving but went on to lose the last five games of the set, including a 40-love service game that represented three match points Maria couldn’t convert. Despite being a 560th ranked qualifier Voskoboeva made Kirilenko pay for letting her off the hook, ultimately winning 1-6 7-5 6-4.

Singles – Second Round
(2) Ana Ivanovic (SRB) d. Jill Craybas (USA) 46 61 75
(Q) Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ) d. (3) Maria Kirilenko (RUS) 16 75 64
(5) Roberta Vinci (ITA) d. Zhang Shuai (CHN) 75 61
(6) Peng Shuai (CHN) d. Elena Baltacha (GBR) 26 61 64


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