Seles Eases Into Last Eight in Dubai
Tue February 18, 2003 01:03 PM ET
By Barry Wood
DUBAI (Reuters) - Monica Seles reached the quarter-finals of the Dubai Open Tuesday, shrugging aside a troublesome ankle to beat Italy's Francesca Schiavone 6-3 6-2.
Having broken to lead 2-0 with the aid of several acutely angled groundstrokes, Seles then lost the next 10 points.
But she settled again, broke to lead 5-4 when Schiavone double-faulted and served out for the first set.
In the second set, although fourth-seeded Seles failed to convert a break point at 1-1, she forced a baseline error to break for 3-2 and struck a fierce crosscourt backhand winner to break again for 5-2.
"I'm not playing my best tennis of my career, so I'm just happy to win today," she said.
"I've been making a lot of unforced errors and just trying to do my best. I still feel a little bit of pain on the ankle I injured in Australia."
I've sprained my ankle before, and it does take a long time to fully heal or feel normal again.