More seeds fall on day three of the ASB Classic
Goerges lost 5-7 7-6 3-6 to Sweden’s Johanna Larsson in the second match of the day with Larsson feeling in good shape for her quarterfinal tomorrow despite two three-setters.
“I feel really good in my body so I’m ready for three more three setters.”
She was thrilled to beat a player ranked as high as Goerges is at 18 in the world.
“It feels very special. I actually have never won a match on my Australian Open tour before. So making it to the quarterfinals feels extremely good.”
The other seed to fall today was Kazakhstan’s Yaroslava Shvedova (sixth seed), who was comfortably beaten by former ASB Classic finalist Elena Vesnina 6-2 6-3 out on court four.
Hometown hopes were also dashed today as Erakovic was beaten by one of the form players of the tournament Jamie Hampton.
The American, who toppled the defending champion Zheng Jie on day one, ran away with the first set 6-1 before Erakovic fought back to a tiebreak in the second set before losing the tie break 7-5.
Erakovic felt she had a chance in the second set.
“I know Jamie’s the type of player that comes out swinging. She can really play well but sometimes she lets up a little and she’s not consistent so I knew I would get my chance sooner or later.”
Hampton now meets Kiki Bertens in tomorrow’s quarterfinal after the Dutch player won a tough three-setter against crowd favourite Heather Watson.
Earlier in the day, third seed Yanina Wickmayer wasn’t troubled on her way to the quarterfinals in an easy 6-3 6-0 win over Romina Oprandi, while Mona Barthel (eighth seed) knocked out former two-time champion Eleni Daniilidou 7-6 6-2.
The other quarterfinalist is Kirsten Flipkens who beat Pauline Parmienter 6-2 6-2, while top seed Agnieszka Radwanska should secure her spot tonight against Simona Halep.