Mirza, Mattek advance to quarters
MASON, Ohio -- Second-seeded Vera Zvonareva was upset by Japan's Akiko Morigami 6-3, 6-2 on Thursday in the Cincinnati Women's Open.
Morigami will meet Sania Mirza on Friday in the quarterfinals of the $170,000 Tier III tournament. Mirza, who beat Morigami in the first round at Wimbledon, defeated Puerto Rico's Kristina Brandi 7-6 (5), 7-5.
Third-seeded Jelena Jankovic of Serbia also advanced with a 6-3, 7-5 win over Austrian qualifier Sybille Bammer.
Qualifier Bethanie Mattek advanced when France's Camille Pin retired with a sore throat early in the second set. Mattek, the lone remaining American in the tournament, was leading 6-3, 2-0 at the time. Pin also retired from last year's Cincinnati tournament in the first round with a heat-related illness.
Morigami used a more aggressive approach to win nine of 10 games after falling behind 3-2 in the first set.
"I had to be aggressive," she said. "If I played defensively, she would kill me. Maybe she lost her concentration a little bit."
But Zvonareva gave Morigami all the credit.
"She was serving well and attacking the ball," said Zvonareva, a Russian who lost to Lindsay Davenport in last year's finals. "I don't think she did something I didn't expect. She played her game."
Mirza, ranked 70th going into tournament after finishing 206th last year, was one point away from losing the second set before rallying from a 5-3 deficit.
"I didn't even know she had set point," said the 18-year-old Mirza of India. "I always play better when I'm down. I just started getting more balls in the court. I gave myself more margin for error."
Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press
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