Roberta Vinci of Italy, world number 16 and unseeded at the Premier level Apia International Sydney tournament being played in Australia’s largest city this week in the run up to the Australian Open, played the 8th seed and world number 12 Nadia Petrova of Russia, on Monday.
Even though Petrova got into the position of serving out in both the first and second sets, Vinci hung in and managed to break both times to take the match 7-5 7-5. Surprisingly, it was Vinci who topped the ace count with eight, as Petrova is known for her strong, flat serve which she generally uses to great advantage.
Serbian former world number one Jelena Jankovic, now ranked at 22, took on Tamira Paszek of Austria, ranked at 30 in what looked like a very interesting match, as Paszek was playing well at the end of the 2012 season, while Jankovic was struggling in many of her matches.
In Monday’s game, Jankovic took the first set pretty comfortably, 6-2, but Paszek came back strongly in the second and took the set to a tie breaker, which Jankovic eventually won 7-5 to take the match. She will meet Roberta Vinci in the second round.