Flipkens beats Ivanovic to reach Linz semis, Goerges also wins

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World number 21 and 5th seed at the Generali Ladies Linz tournament, German Julia Goerges, was on court against the Swede Sofia Arvidsson, ranked at number 47 in the first of the day’s quarter-final matches. Both offensive players with hard hit groundies and good serves, this looked to be a good match up. The spectators were treated to some wonderful tennis on both sides of the net and both players held their service in the first three games, but it was Goerges who managed to get the first break in the fourth game to lead 3-1. She then took five games in a row to serve out the set 6-1 in less than half an hour. The second set was a much tighter affair, even though the German broke the Swede in the first game and held her own service game, but Arvidsson held the next game after three deuces. Goerges held her serve to go 3-1 up but Arvidsson held in another game which went to three deuces to trail 2-3. Goerges held her serve, but Arvidsson held her serve to love to make it 3-4 and then broke back for 4-4. That was all she wrote, though, as the German held her own serve and broke Arvidsson to love, to take the set 6-4.

Serbian former number one Ana Ivanovic, now ranked at 12, faced the Belgian qualifier Kirsten Flipkens, ranked at 66. This was a tough match for Ivanovic, as the 26 year old Flipkens has an old fashioned game, full of bunts and chip shots – and she is very fast around the court, which Ivanovic is not. The first three games went with serve until Ivanovic broke in the fourth game, but Flipkens broke right back to 2-3, held for 3-3, broke again for 4-3 and held for 5-3 before Ivanovic won her service game for 4-5 on her third advantage point, whereupon the Belgian came out and confidently served out the first set 6-4. In the second set the wily Flipkens completely bamboozled Ivanovic with some fine shot making and precision hitting and ran out to take the set on her third match point 6-0.

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