McHale rallies to beat Doi, advance at Carlsbad
Thursday, July 19, 2012
CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) -- U.S. Olympian Christina McHale held off Misaki Doi of Japan 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 at the Mercury Insurance Open on Thursday, advancing to a quarterfinal against No. 1 seed Marion Bartoli of France.
McHale, the No. 5 seed, needed three match points in the last game before she closed out the second-round match when Doi hit a backhand into the net.
McHale faced 19 break points, but Doi only converted three.
In another second-round match, Ursula Radwanska of Poland cruised to a 6-2, 6-1 win over lucky loser Melanie Oudin.
Radwanska, the younger sister of world No. 2 ranked Agnieszka Radwanska, served well and took advantage of the American's subpar serve to control the match.