Govortsova ousts Stosur in Stanford

Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia returns a shot to Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium during their match on Day 2 of the Bank of the West Classic
Daniela Hantuchova beat Yanina Wickmayer on Day 2 of the Bank of the West Classic.
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Olga Govortsova, ranked 83rd in the world, ended a frustrating run of results with a convincing 6-2, 6-4 victory over No. 2 seed Samantha Stosur in the second round at the Bank of the West Classic on Tuesday.

Govortsova won back-to-back matches for the first time this season. She had lost seven of her previous eight entering the tournament.

''It helped that I had the extra match and I played four matches in World Team Tennis last weekend,'' Govortsova said. ''I don't think she has played since Wimbledon.''

The 25-year-old Belarussian beat Germany's Julia Goerges in straight sets in the first round.

Govortsova earned her ninth win over a top-20 opponent and her first since beating Agnieszka Radwanska via retirement at New Haven last year. This is also the first time she has reached a quarterfinal round this season.

Stosur, ranked 13th, reached the third round at Wimbledon. The Australian was knocked out in the first round for the first time since early May - a span of five tournaments.

''She was playing quite well and I wasn't able to combat what she was able to do,'' Stosur said. ''Things were slowly turning around, and I had a break to go 5-5. I gave myself a chance to get back into the match but I had to win that last game.''

Stosur had 10 double faults, including two in a row at one point.

''That didn't set a good tone for the match,'' she said. ''It is inexcusable to get that many in one match.''

Seventh-seeded Urszula Radwanska downed American Christina McHale, 6-1, 6-3 while Daniela Hantuchova beat Yanina Wickmayer 6-2, 4-6, 6-0, in their first-round match.


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''I've played for a long time but not for myself until now,'' Hantuchova said. ''I'm very relaxed, playing for myself and enjoying the pressure. I can see the results on the court.''

In other matches, sixth-seeded American Varvana Lepchenko beat qualifier Michelle Larcher de Brito of Portugal 6-2, 6-4; qualifier Coco Vandeweghe, a finalist last year, downed Romania's Monica Niculescu 6-0, 6-3; Austria's Tamira Paszek was ahead 6-1, 6-7(4), 3-0 and advanced when Russian qualifier Alla Kudryavtseva retired ; and Russian qualifier Vera Dushevina topped New Zealand's Marina Erakovic 6-2, 6-1


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