Stan and Maria Reach First QF in Roland Garros
- 04 June 2013
Attacking with the VCORE Tour racquet, Number 9 seed Stanislas Wawrinka (VCORE Tour 97) advanced to the quarterfinals of Roland Garros with a hard-fought victory against world top nine-ranked Richard Gasquet of France.
It was a very tough match in 4 hour and 16 minutes, and Stan impressed us to come back from two sets down for defeating No. 7 seed French player dramatically. Earning 13 service aces and 92 winners throughout the match, Stan kept an all-out offensive form to have an edge on the strong rival. His fastest serve reached 223 km/h and he took the initiative with such big serves. Stan made 20 break chances and finally overcame the opponent with 4 breaks after fighting 5 sets [6-7(5), 4-6, 6-4, 7-5, 8-6]. He reached his first quarterfinals in Ronald Garros and faces the challenge of defending champion Rafael Nadal.
Meanwhile, in the women’s singles, twelfth-seeded Maria Kirilenko (EZONE Xi 98, PTGP125) also achieved her first appearance on the quarterfinals in Paris with a 7-5, 6-4 victory against Bethanie Mattek-Sands. The opponent surprised tennis fans to defeat the 2011 Roland Garros champion Li Na in the second round, but Maria showed solid performance to complete the fourth round match with 4 breaks. In the quarterfinals, she meets this year’s Australian Open winner Victoria Azarenka of Belarus.
Stan and Maria fight their quarterfinal matches on Wednesday, June 5th.