It was close though, I think she saved 3 or 4 set points in second set.
I'm glad she stayed strong in those moments!
She will have to play lot better today if she wants to beat Petra who beat her in their only previous encounter.
She did even worse than the last time they played - 4 games and a bagel Can't say that I thought she'll win, but I sure was expecting more here. I hope this is proof of Martic getting into some seriously good form, otherwise... OK, she's young enough, but she really should make a breakthrough at slams ASAP.
Good thing Ajla will again play FED Cup, she needs as many matches as possible. Right after that she has 30 points to defend from Memphis and then about a month later, a series of 4 tournaments where she altogether won 106 points last year. Of course, winning something in IW or Miami in March would certainly help, cause last year she got MD WC's for both and lost in R1 to Martic and Shvedova. She keeps on slipping down the rankings, this week it's from 167 to 179 so she needs to start winning points or she'll soon find herself outside of 200 i.e. no slam qualies.
Just a potentially fun fact...Martic is 2 years older than Ajla, guess what was her ranking this time 2 years ago? Around #210. She hasn't reached ~180 until about June of '09, which means that Ajla, even with this lack of real form obvious in the past few months is still a few months ahead of Martic in terms of development. However, that '09 was crucial for Martic and it was the year when she went from below 200 to inside 100 in one season. Hope Ajla can do something similar soon.
A wonderful result, really! Ajla's first ever (as far as I know) win over a top 100 player - Bammer is currently #79, but of course with a career-high #19 to her name. Great to see she managed to win such a tough win against such an experienced opponent. Just when I thought Ajla will be yet another one of our girls that we heard of too much and saw too little, she makes such a nice surprise, which will surely be a huge confidence boost to her for this season.