Rubin knocks Stevenson out of Advanta Championships
Fourth-seeded Chanda Rubin charged to an early lead and beat Alexandra Stevenson, 6-2, 6-4, last night to advance to the quarterfinals of the Advanta Championships at Villanova.
Local favorite Lisa Raymond and ninth-seeded Meghann Shaughnessy also advanced yesterday.
Stevenson committed several unforced errors early in the tennis match and Rubin capitalized. In the second set, the players held serve until the ninth game, when Rubin broke and served out the set.
"I definitely wanted to be the steadier player," Rubin said. "If I can really make the points last, that gives me more opportunity."
Raymond beat Jelena Jankovic, 2-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7-5), and Shaughnessy defeated Ashley Harkleroad, 6-3, 6-1. In other singles matches, Marlene Weingartner topped Angela Haynes, 6-3, 6-4, and seventh-seeded Nadia Petrova used seven aces on serves of up to 117 m.p.h. to dispatch Amy Frasier, 6-4, 6-0.
Raymond, from nearby Wayne, won the first two games of the first set and led, 15-love, in the third before Jankovic rallied to win six straight games.
During a three-game stretch, Jankovic won 11 straight points.
Both players had trouble holding serve early in the second, as each was broken twice.
Jankovic had a leg injury treated between the second and third sets and played in obvious pain with a heavily taped left hamstring.
Despite the length of the match, Raymond said fatigue did not make the difference.
"You just have to think that it's the same for both players," Raymond said. "It came down to who wants it more, and I think in the end I wanted it just a little more."
Shaughnessy was broken in the first game of her match and fell behind, 2-0, before winning the next three games. Harkleroad tied the set at 3-all, but Shaughnessy won three straight games to take the set.
Raymond and Shaughnessy also won in doubles. Shaughnessy and Nicole Pratt defeated Bethanie Mattek and Lilia Osterloh, 6-3, 7-6 (7-5), and Raymond and Martina Navratilova topped Dimana Krastevich and Svetlana Krivencheva, 7-5, 6-2. Elena Likhovtseva and Vera Zvonareva beat Sonya Jeyaseelan and Silvija Talaja, 6-4, 6-3.