Sorana Cirstea of Romania surprisingly defeated fourth seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia 4-6, 6-0, 6-4 in the second round of the Generali Ladies Linz tennis tournament in Austria.
Pavlyuchenkova couldn’t find her serve as she made 11 double faults. Cirstea will play either Lucie Safarova or Alberta Brianti next.
This was the day of upsets, when Julia Goerges of Germany also went out in the second round to the Russian Evgeniya Rodina in straight sets 6-3, 6-4. Rodina is ranked 104th in the world and despite losing in the qualification, she entered the tournament instead of Andrea Petkovic, who is struggling with a knee injury.
The third upset of today came in the first round as Alberta Brianti of Italy ousted fifth seed Sabine Lisicky of Germany 7-5, 4-6, 6-3. Wimbledon semifinalist Lisicky was a break up in the third set but the Italian stayed focused and seal the set and the match.
Other 1st round results:
Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) – Petra Martic (CRO) – 6-3, 6-7 (6), 6-1
Anastasia Rodionova (AUS) – Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) – 7-6 (6), 6-1
Flavia Pennetta (ITA) – Elena Vesnina (RUS) – 7-6 (4), 6-2