German women’s day at the french open: angelique kerber sabine lisicki and, surprisingly, dinah pfizenmaier advanced to the third round in paris, annika beck also overcame her opening match with great ease.
Kerber fulfilled her target with a 6:2, 6:2 win over slovakian jana cepelova, while qualifier pfizenmaier celebrated the biggest success of her career so far with a 6:3, 6:3 win over polish urszula radwanska. A tough opponent is now waiting in the form of radwanska’s older sister agnieszka.
Berlin’s lisicki won 6:4, 6:0 against spain’s maria-teresa torro-flor and reached the last 32 for the first time in paris. There could be a clash with last year’s finalist sara errani from italy.
Beck is only the aubenseiterin after the 6:2, 6:1 over the czech sandra zahlavova against australian-open winner victoria asarenka from belarus. The world number three had shown pfizenmaier the limits in the second round a year ago.
Even before sabine lisicki’s scheduled appearance, german fed cup team boss barbara rittner was extremely satisfied with the fourth day of the tournament, which was spared the threat of rain again until the afternoon. "Annika and angie were sovereign, dinah was fantastic," explained rittner.
Kerber also had to break down some resistance against cepelova, but was not as challenged as in the opener against mona barthel. After one hour, the player from kiel had wrapped up the victory. "It was not as easy as the result says. I didn’t know the opponent at all," said kerber. However, under the eyes of many young, noisy spectators on court two, she put up a good 69 after a few games. The world a. Next opponent is left-hander varvara lepchenko from the USA. Born in uzbekistan, she is ranked 25th in the world. "It won’t be an easy task," predicts kerber.
Pfizenmaier even surpassed her success from the previous year. "I have spab, that’s why i’m in the third round. Now it really is a dream," the 21-year-old qualifier commented on her victory over urszula radwanska. The 40. Pfizenmaier is 87 ranges ahead in the world rankings and had previously beaten venus williams in a marathon match. The increased self-confidence helped pfizenmaier. "You’re not so shy anymore. You’re brave and want to score the points yourself," she said with eyes shining with joy after her courageous performance on court four.
There, the german champion eck had also given a courageous performance beforehand. The giebener valued reaching the second round even more highly than winning the junior women’s title a year ago, even though qualifier zahlavova is currently only number 202 in the world. The 19-year-old, who is ranked 62nd in the world, made it into the top 64 after 64 minutes, just as she did at the australian open.
However, it will be much tougher against asarenka, but a performance on a rough court beckons. "The art is to block it out and concentrate on yourself," said beck, and doesn’t expect asarenka to show excessive respect because of the junior title: "she probably won’t be interested in that anymore."