Former world #1 Maria Sharapova had her hopes of a 2011 Toray Pan Pacific Open title extinguished when she sprained her left ankle during the first set of her match against Petra Kvitova. The highly anticipated rematch of the 2011 Wimbledon final, which Kvitova won, was on serve at 4-3 in the opening set when Masha twisted her left ankle during her service game. Despite the assistance of a trainer, she was unable to continue. Hopefully, the injury will not prove a persistant problem and will heal completely. I wish Masha a speedy and full recovery.
Another Russian Maria, Maria Kirilenko, was also trying to advance to the semifinals and came up short, only in this case it was the result of being outplayed. Kirilenko had upset higher seeds Samantha Stosur, the 2011 US Open champion, and Ana Ivanovic prior to taking on 4th seed Vera Zvonareva. There would be no third upset as Vera handled Kirilenko, 6-3 6-3. Kirilenko has never beaten Vera, falling in all 6 lifetime matches to this point.
“I think Maria’s a great player and a great fighter and she proved it, beating two great opponents en route to the quarterfinals. Sometimes you have certain opponents who you have a tough time beating, and some who you usually beat. It just so happens I have beaten Maria every time we’ve played, but there’s no secret, I’m just trying to play my game, trying to execute.” – Vera Zvonareva
Singles – Quarterfinals
(5) Petra Kvitova (CZE) d. (2) Maria Sharapova (RUS) 43 ret. (left ankle sprain)
(3) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d. (7) Marion Bartoli (FRA) 75 60
(4) Vera Zvonareva (RUS) d. Maria Kirilenko (RUS) 63 63
(9) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. Kaia Kanepi (EST) 62 76(7)