Kirilenko sends Mashona Packin'
Unseeded and really, really, really, truly dangerous Maria Kirilenko achieved what no one thought she could: She won a match in straight sets.
Kirilenko, known for her epic third set showdowns against both ATC superstars and scrubs alike, managed to pull out a tight 6-4 7-6 victory over American Mashona Washington, who defeated Kirilenko last week in one of the aforementioned 3 set meltdowns.
"As soon as I had match points in the tiebreak, I thought: Something doesn't feel right here. This just isn't me... perhaps I should just tank this set and bring it to a third set like old times", Kirilenko admitted post match.
"But with me, who knows what would happen - lord knows I'd lose 7-5 after being up 5-0 in the third. I prefer to make Toronto trainwreck free, really"
So what made the difference today?
"Well, it seemed like Mashona was already penciling herself in for a second round clash with Venus, so she probably got a little ahead of herself and thought I would just roll over and give it to her. Wrong!"
"Mashona is a good player, but I was really dissapointed last week - I had a really bad case of the sniffles, and my coach wanted me to pull out but I fought to the end for my legions of fans. She also forced me to look at my own game and made me realize changes were needed. I'm confident again. But Mashona is a good up and comer, and I think she'll do well in the future'.
As for the upcoming match with Venus, Kirilenko said "Well I have beaten her before, but obviously as a top 10 player she'll be very difficult to contend with, even with no aces. You can expect a tough, long fight!"