Published: Wednesday February 27, 2013 MYT 11:34:00 PM
Updated: Wednesday February 27, 2013 MYT 11:37:59 PM
BMW Malaysian Open: China's Wang Qiang trounces Caroline Wozniacki
By ASHREENA PILLAI
KUALA LUMPUR: China's Wang Qiang claiming the biggest scalp of the championships - top seed CarolineWozniacki - to advance into the second round of the BMW Malaysian Open at the Royal Selangor Golf Club (RSGC) on Wednesday.
Wang, ranked No. 186 in the world, took the world No.10 to three sets, downing her 2-6, 7-6 (1), 6-1 in just over two hours and 16 minutes.
The 21-year-old who hails from Tianjin said she didn't go into the match with any expectation apart from doing her best.
"I just tried to do my best because she (Wozniacki) was once the No.1 in the world. So I just wanted to do my best," said a soft-spoken Wang.
Wozniacki was leading by a set before Wang pulled back to level 3-3 in the second set in what was the turning point in the match.
The Dane admitted after the match that she was feeling under the weather.
"I tried my best but I didn't have enough energy and was feeling light-headed. My trainer tried to freshen me up but nothing worked. I couldn't even collect match point when I had the chance," said Wozniacki.
The win over Wozniacki comes as Wang's biggest ever triumph in her career and a first against a top-10 player.
In fact, it was a triumphant day for the qualifiers as Wang was part of the five qualifiers along with Luksika Kumkhum, Akgul Amanmuradova, Zarina Diyas and Nudnida Luangnam to advance into the second round proving that the championship might favouring underdogs to be true.
Wang will meet unseeded Austrian Mayr-Achleitner next.
Meanwhile, third seed Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkov also advanced into second round eating compatriot Vera Dushevina 2-6, 6-3, 7-6.
The match which originally started on Tuesday and was halted twice due to rain with the match all squared at one game a piece with Pavlyuchenkova leading 2-1 in the third set.
And it looked like Pavlyuchenkova and Dushevina took full advantage of the warm sunshine to provide some entertaining tennis with either Russians not will to back down from a fight.
Pavyluchenokva, who was leading 5-4 in the third set and serving for the match, failed to put away the game as Dushevina battled back to tie and then take the lead at 5-6 as the game went into deuce six times.
The match was match was decided in a tie-break with the fourth seeded wildcard Pavlyuchenkova coming up tops to set up a second round clash with Uzbekistani qualifier Akgul Amanmuradova who beat Taiwan's Chang Kai Chang 6-1, 6-3.
In other matches, China's Zhang Shuai downed Malaysian wildcard Aslina Chua in straight sets 6-0, 6-1.
In doubles competition, the Kristyna and Karolina Pliskova booked their spot in the second round of the doubles competition when they beat the Ukraine-Australia pair of Yuliya Beygelzimer and Olivia Rogowska 6-3, 6-4.
The twins will meet Ukraine's Irina Buryachok and Taiwan's Chan Hao-Ching who beat beat Malaysia's Yus Syazlin Nabila and S. Theiviya 6-1, 6-1 to advance into the next round.
The three matches including defending champion Hsieh Su-Wei's match againts Japan's Kurumi Nara was suspended due to rain.
Results -First Round
Singles:Luksika Kumkhum (Tha) bt Olivia Rogowska (Aus) 3-6, 6-1,6-2; Eleni Daniilou (Gre) bt Yuliya Beygelzimer (Ukr) 2-6, 6-4, 6-3; Zarina Diyas (Kaz) bt Kristyna Pliskova (Cze) 6-7(5-7), 6-1, 7-5; Anastasia Pavlyunchekova (Rus) bt Vera Dushevina (Rus) 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (9-6), Akgul Amanmuradova (Uzb) bt Chang Kai-Chen (Chn) 6-1, 6-3; Duan Ying-Ying (chn) bt Marta Sirotkina (Rus) 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (12-10); Ashleigh Barty (Aus) bt Chanel Simmonds (Rsa) 6-4, 6-2. Ayumi Morita (Jpn) bt Calga Buyukacay (Tur) 6-1, 6-1, Nudnida Luangnam (Tha) bt Zheng Saisai (Chn) 6-3, 6-7(7-1), 6-2; Zhang Shuai (Chn) bt Aslina Chua (Mas) 6-0, 6-1; Wang Qiang (Chn) bt Caroline Wozniacki (Den) 2-6, 7-6 (7-1), 6-1;
Doubles: Marta Domachowska-Alicja Rosolska (Pol) bt Hsieh Shu-Ying-Kao Shao-Yuan (Tpe) 6-1,6-1; Luksika Kumkhum (Tha)-Erika Sema (Jpn) bt Lyudmyla Kichenok-Nadiya Kichenok(Ukr) 6-4, 7-6 (7-5); Irina Buryachok (Ukr)-Chan Hao-Ching (Tpe) 6-1, 6-1; Kristyna Pliskova-Karoline Pliskova (Cze) bt Yuliya Beygelzimer (Ukr)-Olivia Rogowska (Aus) 6-3, 6-4; Akgul Amanmuradova(Uzb)-Arina Rodionova (Rus) bt Monique Adamczak (Aus)-Varatchaya Wongteanchai 6-3, 6-4; Shuko Aoyama (Jpn)-Chang Kai-Chen (Tpe) bt Alberta Brianti (Ita)-Andreja Klepac (Slo) 7-5, 6-7 (5-7), 10-8.
Qualifier :Akgul Amanmuradova (Uzb) bt Ana Savic (Cro) 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (11-7).