Nastya was 4-0 up in 3rd set
Spanish Seeds Survive Shaky Starts in Tashkent
TASHKENT, Uzbekistan - All four seeds in action advanced on the third day of play at the Tashkent Open.
No.3 seed Marta Marrero (right), who jumped into the Top 50 in this week's WTA Rankings for the first time in her career, celebrated the occasion by overcoming a one set deficit to defeat Tatiana Poutchek, 46 62 64.
Marrero, who won last week's ITF Women's Circuit event in Girona, Spain, was up a break at 4-3 and had two points to make it 5-3, but blisters on her right foot were limiting the Spaniard's mobility, forcing her to take an injury timeout. But Poutchek wasn't able to take advantage of the moment, instead missing on two break points and eventually surrending the match on Marrero's next service game.
"I had it, but I didn't make it," Poutchek said.
Marrero wasn't the only Spanish player who had to work through three sets of tennis on Tuesday as No.4 seed Arantxa Parra Santonja also dropped the first set before rallying to defeat Anastasiya Yakimova, 26 63 75 in her second round match.
Parra Santonja found herself in an almost unescapable 4-0 hole and facing a break point to trail 5-0 in the third set before turning things around to win five straight games. The Spanish player then wasted two match points at 5-4 before finally taking the match in the 12th game of the third set.
"I was feeling down, but in my mind I was trying to keep fighting and I had to keep on trying," Parra Santonja said. "The fifth game of the final set was the most important of the match. After that, she started to miss the ball more."
In the day's only other second round match, No.5 seed Anca Barna glided into the quarterfinals with a 75 61 victory against Russian lucky loser Ekaterina Bychkova. Barna had a 3-0 lead to begin the match before a mental lapse helded get Bychkova back in the game. But Barna didn't falter long, quickly getting back to her game and taking the match in 1 hour, 30 minutes.
"I was very confident at the start," Barna said. "But I lost concentration and at 4-all I began to worry. But then I fought for every point. I really enjoyed this victory."
Fifteen-year-old Nicole Vaidisova, who won her first WTA Tour singles title back in early August at Vancouver, looked sharp in her first round match, defeating Zimbabwe's Cara Black, 64 63.
Vaidisova, who scored an impressive victory against No.2 seed Tatiana Golovin last week at Tokyo, enjoyed the victory, but wasn't too impressed with her overall play.
"I didn't play that well," Vaidisova said. "I worked at it, keeping the ball in play, was patient. I didn't have the high percentage of serves I should have."
No.6 seed Anna-Lena Groenefeld also moved through to the second round, defeating countrywoman Antonia Matic, 64 64. Groenefeld got the necessary break to take both sets in the 10th game in each set by utilizing her fierce return game on Matic's serve.
Italy's Antonella Serra Zanetti made her way into the round of 16 when opponent Julia Schruff was forced to retire midway through the second set with an upper respiratory track infection. Schruff complained after the match of difficulty breathing and felt weak at times on court.