Mary Joe Fernandez might want to tell one of the Williams sisters to take a back seat to Alexa Glatch when the American's Fed Cup final against Italy rolls around in November.
High on confidence from saving the Americans' bacon in Brno, Czech Republic, Glatch has struck again, this time on the clay of Roland Garros against No. 14 ranked Italian Flavia Pennetta—6-1, 6-1.
The 19-year-old heavy hitter from Newport Beach, California is quickly developing a reputation for calmly (and easily) pulling upsets in some very big situations.
While she was orchestrating the biggest upset of the tournament, you wouldn't have been able to tell by looking at Glatch's face.
She was poised throughout, displaying the same stoic-yet-purposeful glare, whether she had just shanked a forehand or hit a blistering backhand passing shot.
The 61-minute affair was never contested, as Glatch burst out to a 3-0 lead, then used strong serving (69 percent) and heavy ground strokes to keep Pennetta pinned behind the baseline.
Glatch was 6-for-11 on break point opportunities, and by the end of the match, a disconcerted Pennetta looked like she was contemplating digging a hole in the clay to hide rather than digging in and trying to fight back against the determined American.
Glatch will face the winner of the Barbora Zahlavova Strycova-Lourdes Dominguez Lino match on Wednesday. In her career, Glatch has split two matches with Zahlavova Strycova.
She has never played Dominguez Lino.
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