Perebiynis Progresses After Scare
Tatiana Perebiynis of the Ukraine overcame a scare to defeat Maria Emilia Salerni of Argentina, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 to advance to the third round of the ladies’ singles qualifying.
It was a reunion of sorts for Perebiynis and Salerni who played each other in the girls' finals at Wimbledon and the US Open in 2000. However, despite their shared history on the junior circuit, it was the first time that they had faced each other on the WTA Tour, with a place in the third round of the qualifying at stake.
After taking the first set in blustery conditions that made it difficult for both players to hold serve, Perebiynis - who reached the mixed doubles final at Wimbledon with Paul Hanley in 2005 - began holding her chest and appearing to shiver in the second set
, with the score at 4-3 to Salerni. The physio was called but after a short break, play eventually resumed with the Argentinian taking the set to square the match at a set apiece.
At 2-2 in the final set, the match could have gone either way. Salerni broke her opponent, only to be immediately broken back and eventually it was the Ukrainian who emerged the victor.
Perebiynis admitted it was hard psychologically and said she was delighted to have beaten Salerni.
“It was a tough match,” she said. “It was difficult with the weather and Maria is playing and placing the ball well.”
She added that she called for medical assistance in the second set because she was concerned about her heart-rate: “In the second my heart was beating really fast. I tried taking deep breaths and called the physio.”
Wimbledon is Perebiynis’ favourite tournament and in addition to her appearance in the 2005 mixed doubles final, she reached the semi-finals at The Championships last year in the ladies’ doubles with Yuliana Fedak. Her best singles achievement was in 2004 when she reached the third round.
She now faces Stephani Foretz of France for a place in the main draw.
Written by Helen Gilbert
I hope everything is ok with her. I'm so happy for her to win
I hope she can qualify