Friday March 9, 2012
A breeze for Kimiko, King rules against Errani
INDIAN WELLS (California): Japanese veteran Kimiko Date-Krumm and Vania King of the United States won their opening matches at the Indian Wells tournament on Wednesday.
Date-Krumm breezed past Pauline Parmentier of France 6-1, 6-3 and American Vania King surprised world number 31 Sara Errani of Italy 7-6 (7-3), 6-4 as the womenís draw of the WTA and ATP Masters joint tournament got under way on Wednesday.
At age 41, Date-Krumm is the oldest player in the womenís field and was giving away 15 years to the 26-year-old Parmentier.
Date-Krumm won 79% of her first-serve points and 57 of 92 total points in the one-hour match. Parmentier had four aces but also committed four double faults and won just 35% of her first-serve points.
Date-Krumm moves to the second round to battle Czech Klara Zako≠palova who routed Laura Pous-Tio of Spain 6-1, 6-1.
King levelled her career match record at 1-1 against Errani who was fresh off winning her third WTA title at Acapulco last week.
King won 60% of her first-serve points and had just one double fault in the one hour, 48-minute match.
She advances to the second round where she will face 13th-ranked Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia.
In other first round matches, Mona Barthel, of Germany, beat American Jill Craybas 6-1, 6-2.
Barthel hammered four aces and won 86% of her first serve points as she needed just 48 minutes to oust Craybas.
Barthel will next face top seed and world number one Victoria Azarenka, who is riding a perfect 17-0 win streak in 2012. ó AFP