The French player, who recently reached the semi-finals in Miami, sees her run in Charleston come to a premature end after she loses in three sets.
The shock result in the Charleston WTA Premier tournament yesterday came when France’s Marion Bartoli, the competition’s third seed (but really the second after Agnieszka Radwanska had to pull out at the beginning of the competition), fell at the hands of Polona Hercog in the third round. The 21-year-old Slovak, the current world number 38, won the first set 4-6, lost the second 6-1 and took the third one 4-6 to secure her place in the quarterfinals.
The Williams sisters continued to shine as both of them made it to the quarterfinals. Serena Williams thumped Australia’s Marina Erakovic with a double 2-6, while Venus Williams kept her strong form – since coming back to compete on the WTA circuit in Miami – going by getting the better of Anastasia Rodionova 7-5, 6-2.
Russia’s Nadia Petrova beat her compatriot Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-1, 6-4. One of the favourites who managed to not fail was Vera Zvonareva. The fourth seed suffered against Switzerland’s Stefanie Vögele in the first set losing it 4-6, but she recovered well to avoid any nasty surprises and killed off the tie 6-3, 6-4 in the next two. Up next she will face Lucie Safarova, who beat Canada’s Aleksandra Wozniak in three sets (2-6, 7-6, 1-6). Finally, Germany’s Sabine Lisicki had to work hard for her victory over Yaroslava Shvedova (7-5, 6-4). Today the final match of the round will be decided between Samantha Stosur (second seed) and Galina Voskoboeva. The quarterfinals will also get under way as the final draws nearer.