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Not that easy...

Mélanie PONTET
Thursday, 11 February 2010 at 20:41
After a first one-way set, Agnès Szavay had a few rocky moments in the second set as she tried to contain young Petra Martic's inspiring game. The Hungarian's experience paid off 6-2, 6-4 after 1h13 of play.  

The young Croatian's fragile serve gave a love game to her opponent. At 1-0, 40-0 for Szavay, she finally marked her first point in the meeting by saving a second love game before giving in. Punchier than last night, the Croatian had obviously not recuperated from her 2h24 feat against Wickmayer. As a result, Szavay soon leads 4 games to 0. And while the Croatian finally manages to steal her first set, the Hugarian, semi-finalist here in 2008, is still just as solid in her serve (80% of points won in the first serve) and proves through a new love game that it was going to be hard to shake her today (5-1). But the wispy pink rose has nothing to lose. A handful of clever shots grab her more time. Nevertheless, Szavay coherently carries away the first set after 26 minutes of play: 6-2.

The first one-way set is hard to digest for Martic. Merciless, Szavay breaks early in the second set. A little too easy, the Hungarian loses an ounce of concentration. Through a superb passing shot along the line, Martic wins the set on her serve to catch up at 2-1.With a game marked by finesse, intelligence and variety, the World 82 starts to spoil the Coubertin crowd, who cheers on her numerous net shots. Like the one that let her lead on Szavay's serve by (2-1, 30-40). Without a chance of concluding, Szavay sets things straight (3-1). Backed by the crowd, the Croatian doesn't give up and scores a serve after saving two double break points. Surprised, she even steals her Hungarian opponent's serve who is seriously becoming annoyed (3-3) by the short shots which almost automatically trap her. Refreshed, Martic grabs two love games in a row and for the first time in the meeting, she leads the second set (6-2, 3-4). While Martic serves to lead 5 games to 4 after several deuces, Agnès Szavay has the last word thanks to a double fault by her opponent. (5-4 for Szavay). Thanks to her experience, Team GDF SUEZ's Hungarian player collapses young Martic (6-2, 6-4) and holds her ticket for the quarterfinals.



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