Dinara, the 2009 Madrid champion, twice rallied from a break down in the second set against the German but fell short in the third set of the 2 hour, 19 minute match. She had six aces, but was done in by 15 double faults. Nevertheless, she has still won 10 of her last 14 matches.
Dinara is now 1-2 all time against Goerges, having beaten her in the first round in Berlin in 2008 and having lost to her in the first round in Tokyo in 2010.
Dinara will be in action again next week at the Internazionali BNL d’Italiain Rome, where she has had a lot of success, reaching the final in 2006 and winning it in 2009.
Moving On In Madrid
Dinara experienced a major test but outlasted Nuria Llagostera Vives, 57 64 63, in 2 hours, 40 minutes in the first round of the Mutua Madrid Open on Monday night, the Russian’s 10th win in her last 13 matches.
Dinara, the titlist at the inaugural Madrid event in 2009, knotted the first set at 5-5 after being down 5-3, but the Spaniard won two games in a row from there to seal the set. Dinara was down a break at 3-2 in the second set before reeling off three straight games to seize control. Then at 3-3 in the third, Dinara took the next three games to clinch the match, raising her career record against Llagostera Vives to 2-0.
Next up for Dinara is Julia Goerges, whom she is 1-1 against.