Schiavone suffers shock loss in Barcelona

Tue, 10 Apr 21:37:00 2012

Olga Govortsova scored a big upset in the first round of the WTA Barcelona clay court event as she beat top seed Francesca Schiavone.

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The Belarusian hit nine double faults in the match, but with the Italian also firing eight, she was still able to win the match 6-4 6-3.

"We played each other four times before, so I knew how she plays - she doesn't make mistakes," Govortsova told the WTA website.

"I knew I had to be aggressive against her, and I did a good job of that today.

"I like clay. You can use volleys and slice more. I'm going to play more on clay this year, I didn't play much on it last year."

Second seed Julia Goerges had no such problems though as she defeated Aravane Rezai 6-4 6-0.

"Aravane's tough - she was top 20 before," Goerges said.

"You have to be ready for every ball when you play her and that's what I did. Not everything worked perfectly for me but you always work on fixing those things for your next match. And there were a few good things today. I'm happy I'm through."

Third seed Dominika Cibulkova and fifth seed Flavia Pennetta are also through after straight set wins over Iryna Bremond and Lara Arruabarrena respectively.


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