Stanford, CA (Sports Network) - Stanford junior Mallory Burdette, playing in
her first career singles main draw event, was on her way to a shocking upset
Thursday against the 10th-ranked player in the world. Frenchwoman Marion
Bartoli kicked her game into high gear, though, and won the final 11 games of
their second-round match at the $740,000 Bank of the West Classic.
Burdette, who was the runner-up in NCAA singles and champion in doubles, was
ahead 5-2 and carried a couple of set points against the second-seeded
Bartoli, but the momentum came to a crashing halt in a 7-5, 6-0 loss on the
hardcourts at Stanford's Taube Family Tennis Stadium.
Bartoli was last year's Stanford runner-up to Serena Williams, titled here in
2009, and was also a Bank of the West runner-up in 2008. She's appeared in
three of the last four finals here.
Poland's Urszula Radwanska defeated eighth-seeded Marina Erakovic of New
Zealand, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4. Ninth-seeded Romanian Sorana Cirstea reached the round
of eight by handling Chinese lucky-loser Zheng Saisai 6-3, 6-3.
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