Harkleroad falls to Shaughnessy
VILLANOVA, Pa. - Fourth-seeded Chanda Rubin charged to an early lead and beat Alexandra Stevenson 6-2, 6-4 Wednesday to advance to the quarterfinals of the Advanta Championships.
Ninth-seeded Meghann Shaughnessy and local favorite Lisa Raymond also advanced.
Stevenson committed several unforced errors early in the 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."
Shaughnessy defeated Ashley Harkleroad 6-3, 6-1, while Raymond beat Jelena Jankovic 2-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7-5). In other singles action, Marlene Weingartner topped Angela Haynes 6-3, 6-4, and seventh-seeded Nadia Petrova used seven aces on serves of up to 117 mph to dispatch Amy Frasier 6-4, 6-0.
Shaughnessy was broken in the first game of the 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.
"There was a big contrast between Anna-Lena (Groenefeld) yesterday and Harkleroad today, so it took a couple of games to adjust," Shaughnessy said.
In the second set, Shaughnessy dominated, dropping just four points on serve.
Raymond, from nearby Wayne, Pa., 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. Tied 4-all, Jankovic broke Raymond for the third time in the set for a 5-4 lead. Raymond fought off three match points and tied the set at 5-5.
Raymond held serve and then broke Jankovic at love to take the second set.
Jankovic had a leg injury treated between the second and third sets. Playing in obvious pain with a heavily taped left hamstring, she forced a third-set tiebreaker.
Down 5-1 in the tiebreaker, Jankovic rallied to tie before Raymond won two points to seal the match.
Shaughnessy and Raymond 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.