Wednesday January 30, 2013
Early exit for Su-wei in Pattaya
PATTAYA: Third seeded Hsieh Su-wei tumbled out of the Pattaya Open 6-2, 6-2 to unfancied New Zealander Marina Erakovic on Monday as the womenís Tour resumed normal business after the Australian Open.
Looking to bounce back from a poor Open, the Taiwanese world No. 25 failed to make a match of it as the unseeded Erakovic cruised to victory on the opening day of the competition proper in Pattaya.
Thai wildcard Varatchaya Wongteanchai delighted the home crowd with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Germanyís Annika Beck, while Alexandra Panova also advanced to the second round after Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu retired a set down and trailing in the second.
In the last first round match of the day, Franceís Mathilde Johansson dispatched Taiwanís Chang Kai-chen 6-4, 6-3.
The big names join the event later with two-time champion Daniela Hantuchova, drafted in at the last minute due to a withdrawal, looking to start her title defence strongly against Russian minnow Olga Puchkova.
Former world number one and tournament top seed Ana Ivanovic will take on Japanís Ayumi Morita, hoping the extra day recovery from a disappointing Australian Open will translate into a long-awaited return to form.
Ivanovic is yet to return to her scintillating form of 2008 when she won the French Open and made the Australian Open final, but the Serb has said her game is close to a level where she can challenge again.
Russian second seed Maria Kirilenko plays Uzbek qualifier Akgul Amanmuradova in the first ever competitive match between the pair, while fourth seed Sorana Cirstea and veteran Kimiko Date-Krumm also face-off on day two of the tournament. ó AFP