Angry Pennetta reaches Bali quarter-finals
Thu 11 Sep, 01:48 PM
Flavia Pennetta of Italy talks to referee during her match against Anastasia Rodionova of Rusia at WTA Bali Open Tennis Tournament at Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, Thursday, Sept 11, 2008.
BALI (Reuters) - Flavia Pennetta converted her anger at opponent Anastasia Rodionova into aces, beating the Russian 6-3 7-5 to reach the quarter-finals of the Bali Classic on Thursday.
The third-seeded Italian was incensed when Rodionova called for medical attention when leading 5-2 in the second set and waved away the explanation from an official.
After Rodionova applied ice to her neck and had her blood pressure checked she continued but then called for attention again after losing the next two games. When play resumed a second time Rodionova barely competed, allowing Pennetta to fire five aces in her next two service games to complete her victory.
"I was angry," Pennetta told reporters. "A match like this is not good for the public. The last three or four games were very bad to watch.
"For me, if you are like this on the court it is better that you go. If you have any problem and you cannot play, you cannot play. That's it. You go."
Pennetta struggled with consistency, and her fragile advantage in the first set was exposed in the second. Having broken to lead 5-3 on her sixth break point she had to fight off a break point as she served for the first set, and then fell behind 4-0 in the second.
"I was 4-0 down and I didn't breathe at all," said Pennetta, blaming a long rally at the beginning of the set. "I was so tired. At 4-0 I started to feel a little better and breathe a little more and the match started to change."