WTA Lausanne: Julia Goerges retires. Cornet, Stosur and Teichmann win

Tennis - Natalia Vikhlyantseva, Alice Kick, Mihaela Buzarnescu and Ludmila Samsonova have all reached the second round

by Jovica Ilic
WTA Lausanne: Julia Goerges retires. Cornet, Stosur and Teichmann win

Competing right after that Wimbledon loss to Serena Williams, the top seed Julia Goerges was forced to retire in Lausanne against an 18-year-old Simona Waltert while trailing 6-7, 6-4, 3-2. They traded four breaks in the first seven games and the youngster saved a set point at 4-5 before Julia grabbed the tie break 7-5.

The German was 3-2 in front in set number two before losing four of the next five games, suffering breaks in games six and ten to hand the set to the Swiss opponent before retiring in the sixth game of the decider. Jil Teichmann prevailed against Timea Bacsinszky 6-2, 5-7, 6-1 in two hours and 24 minutes, in the clash with 33 break points!

Teichmann fended oof nine out of 13 and all three in the final set that made all the difference, playing better in the sets she won and beating Timea with breaks in games four and six of set number three. The 3rd seed Alize Cornet made a winning start, ousting Martina Trevisan 6-4, 6-4 in an hour and 39 minutes after a solid performance on both serve and return, giving serve away twice and delivering four breaks to advance.

The French player claimed four of the last five games in the opener and established supremacy with a double break at the beginning of the second set to stay on the title course. Natalia Vikhlyantseva took down Conny Perrin 7-6, 4-6, 6-3 in two hours and 18 minutes, taking two points more than her rival and playing better in the crucial moments to wrap up the win with an excellent performance in the third set.

The American qualifier Allie Kiick stormed over the 5th seed Tatjana Maria 6-1, 6-0 in 57 minutes, dropping just 12 points on serve and repelling all four break points to mount the pressure on the other side of the net. The German couldn't deal with it, playing six loose service games for a complete disaster, unable to stay on the court for at least an hour.

Samatha Stosur needed two hours and 39 minutes to beat Barbara Haas 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 in the encounter with 33 break chances and the equal number of points won by both. After a great start and a 3-0 lead, Stosur lost six of the next seven games to give the set to her rival who fought well in set number two as well before the more experienced Aussie won it 7-5 with a late break, building the momentum ahead of the decider that she claimed 6-3 to advance into the second round.

The 4th seed Mihaela Buzarnescu managed to leave a terrible first set behind her and topple Stefanie Voegele 1-6, 6-1, 6-0 playing better and better as the match advanced and winning 12 out of 13 points on the return in the decider to serve a bagel and march into the last 16 after just an hour and 22 minutes.

Julia Goerges Natalia Vikhlyantseva Mihaela Buzarnescu