Andrea Petkovic battled back to advance to the semi-finals at the Family Circle Cup in Charleston, South Carolina on Friday while Czech qualifier Lucie Hradecka upset yet another seed with a victory over Sara Errani.
The 2015 Australian Open kicked off on Monday and an entertaining day of enthralling tennis saw four seeded women get ousted in the first round itself. With regular top class players in both men's and women's draw advancing to the next round, the taste of success for these seeded players ended on a bitter note.
For about 20 minutes on Monday, Lucie Hradecka felt that playing on Rod Laver Arena was so overwhelming that she was never going to be able to nail a first serve or return anything that Ana Ivanovic blasted at her.
India`s Sania Mirza and her Zimbabwean partner Cara Black knocked out second-seeded Russians Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina toenter the semi-finals of the women`s doubles at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament here.
It was all over for India at the Australian Open after Sania Mirza and Mahesh Bhupathi crashed out of the mixed doubles after losing their respective quarterfinal matches in contrasting fashion here on Thursday.