Na Li wins a three-setter against Pavlyuchenkova, while Petra Martic surprises Petra Kvitova in the second round of Toray Pan Pacific Open 2012 in Tokyo.
Fourth seed Czech Petra Kvitova had a tremendous tennis summer. She conquered Montreal as well New Haven in a matter of few weeks and won the US Open series in total. However, her memories of Tokyo will not be that pleasant as she fell short against unseeded Croat Martic in the second round. It was the first time the players have met in their professional careers. The spectators witnessed six break points and two lost service games at the very beginning of the match. This has set the pattern of what was to follow. Kvitova chased down another break deficit, but gave away her serve once again; this time with no reply. The second set started with some shaky serving again with three breaks in three games with Kvitova on the losing side. The players then got their service games going and there were no more upsets until Martic served out the match for a 6-4, 6-4 triumph. 21-year-old Martic will be matched up against seventeenth seed Nadia Petrova next.
Experienced Chinese Na Li, a runner-up in Montreal and the Cincinnati champion this August, had a hard time eliminating 21-year-old Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. It was always going to be a close match with both of the players holding on to their serves until 6-5 in the opener. World No. 21 Pavlyuchenkova was serving to stay in the set, squandering a game point and enabling Li to break her and steal the set few moments later. The seventh seeded Chinese was on the back foot for the most of the second set. Although the Russian failed to confirm a double break, she ultimately drew level by converting the second set point. However, the decider was all about Li as she found herself 3-0 up and never looked back. She ended the match on a high note with grabbing the second break of the set in the final game. The Chinese thus advanced with an exhausting 7-5, 4-6, 6-2 victory and is meeting the better of Wozniacki-Hantuchova pair in the third round.