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Zhang Shuai survives three sets to make 2nd round at Acapulco Open

English.news.cn   2014-02-26 14:12:16

ACAPULCO, Mexico, Feb. 25 (Xinhua) -- The 8th seed Zhang Shuai from China on Tuesday advanced to the women's singles second round after beating U.S. player Madison Keys 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 at the Acapulco Open.

Zhang lost the first set but managed to turn around the match in the second set by powering her forehand and backhand strokes.

The third set began with the 3-0 lead for Keys. However, Zhang kept high first-serve percentage and low unforced errors in the following games to wrap up the victory.

Zhang told Xinhua that she felt satisfied with her performance today after defeating the world No. 38 opponent in a nearly 2-hour match.

"I didn't think too much during the game. I just wanted to play point by point to win the match because my opponent is very strong with good service and baseline. I felt satisfied with my performance to turn around the match," she said.

Meanwhile, Zhang's coach Liu Shuo said Keys' service has reached the level of masculine athletes with a speed of 190 km/h, leaving much pressure on Zhang in the whole game. But Zhang performed well in her service and return of service, which made her win the match, she said.

Zhang will next face Canada's Aleksandra Wozniak on Wednesday with a head to head record of 1-0. She lost to Wozniak 6-3, 6-3 in the first round of Australia Open in 2012.

Editor: Yamei Wang
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