Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Chakvetadze, Safina, Vaidisova, Daniilidou, Paszek advance
LINZ, Austria -- Anna Chakvetadze overwhelmed weak-serving
Francesca Schiavone 6-0, 6-2 on Wednesday to reach the quarterfinals
of the Generali Ladies.
Schiavone double-faulted 10 times and won only eight points on
her serve in the opening set of the 47-minute match.
Chakvetadze, a Russian ranked No. 7, drew the top seeding after
defending champion Maria Sharapova and Nadia Petrova pulled out
with injuries. She will next play sixth-seeded Patty Schnyder or
Earlier, fourth-seeded Dinara Safina beat Karin Knapp 6-2, 6-2.
In the first round, seventh-seeded Tatiana Golovin trailed Eleni
Daniilidou of Greece 6-4, 0-1 when she retired because of an
injured right knee. Golovin, who reached the final of the Zurich
Open last Sunday, lost her serve three times in the first set.
Nicole Vaidisova rallied past Flavia Pennetta 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4).
The fifth-seeded Czech had 47 unforced errors and converted three
of 16 break-point chances.
"Flavia is hard to beat so I am proud that I won," said
Vaidisova, who defeated the Italian at this year's U.S. Open. "I'd
never played before in this arena and had troubles adapting to the
The 14th-ranked Czech didn't score a point while serving for the
match at 5-4 but wrapped up the victory in the tiebreak.
Tamira Paszek advanced, beating Anabel Medina Garrigues of Spain
6-3, 7-5. The 16-years-old Austrian plays third-seeded Marion
Bartoli of France in the second round.