Thursday, August 4, 2011

[news] Tennis: Peng, Ivanovic advance in Carlsbad

CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) - Shuai Peng of China and former world No. 1 Ana Ivanovic won in straight sets Wednesday in second round of the Mercury Insurance, while Julia Goerges Germany made an early exit unexpectedly.

Peng won 6-1 6-3 against Anastasia Rodionova of Australia to create a confrontation with Italy's Sara Errani. Ivanovic of Serbia defeated Ayumi Morita of Japan 6-1, 7-6 (5), avenging a first round, losing in three sets last week and setting up a match against another Italian Brianti, Alberta.

The shock of the day was provided by the American teenager Sloane Stephens, who had an upset 6-3, 7-5 win over seventh-seeded, although potentially costly error Goerges and shameful.

Stephens beat his German rival, with a strong ground game and won despite wasting a set point when she allowed a ball that was going to hit back.

"Today was not his best day. I'm glad I got her on this day," said Stephens, 18 years old. "But each one has its day and today was not his. I guess it was mine."

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