The 21-year-old Russian Anastasia Gasanova clinched a come-from-behind victory over compatriot Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova: 1/6, 7/6(8), 7/6 (4). The tennis players spent 3 hrs 8 mins on court. During the tennis thriller Gasanova saved three match-points, Pavlyuchenkova saved two, including one in the deciding tie break. Gasanova made a double fault when she held triple match-point at 6-3. But she converted the second one and closed this intense match.
“I am not sure I am quite realizing what happened, – Gasanova said after the victory. – When I didn’t convert the first match-point, I told myself that I had to be confident and fight for every point no matter what. Thanks to the crowd for the support, I didn’t expect to have so many supporters in here”.
In the next round Anastasia Gasanova will take on another seasoned Russian tennis player – Vera Zvonareva.