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VESNINA SEES OFF CORNET TO REACH ST. PETERSBURG LAST EIGHT

No.5 seed Elena Vesnina avenged her Brisbane International loss to Alizé Cornet and advanced into the quarterfinals of the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy.

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia - Elena Vesnina came from a set down to see off France's Alizé Cornet and book her place in the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy quarterfinals, 2-6, 6-3, 6-3.

"I'm really happy that I was able to close this one out because it was very physical, tough, and long match for us," she said after the match.

The Russian was looking for avenge a defeat in the first round at the Brisbane International earlier this year, when Cornet, 27, prevailed in a thrilling third-set tie-break. Making her second appearance in St. Petersburg, Vesnina was ranked outside the Top 100 just over a year ago, but is currently on course for a career-high ranking of No.15 unless No.6 seed Roberta Vinci defends her title.

Up against the French veteran on Thursday, the No.5 seed had her work cut out for her after a tough opening, but grew into the match, her forehand proving a formidable weapon to overcome her French opponent.

"At the beginning, I felt a bit slow, and like I was going for too much sometimes; that's why I was missing by just a few centimeters.

"My coach came onto the court, and told me that I had to be more consistent, and use my pace to put the ball in the court with spin. That helped a lot, and after that I changed my game plan a little bit and it worked."




 

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