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Strong Start For Seeds as ASB Classic Begins

Aleksandra Wozniak, Shahar Peer and Nicole Vaidisova all were victorious Monday at the ASB Classic.

Published January 05, 2009 12:00

Strong Start For Seeds as ASB Classic Begins
Shahar Peer

AUCKLAND, New Zealand - The seeds proved invincible during the day session at the $220,000 ASB Classic on Monday, with Aleksandra Wozniak, Shahar Peer and Nicole Vaidisova all recording wins in their opening matches at the International event.

Wozniak, seeded No.4, was the last player to win in the day session as she regrouped after dropping the second set to beat Magdalena Rybarikova in three sets, 63 67(4) 75. It was icing on the 21-year-old Canadian's day, as earlier on she rose to a new career-high of No.33 in the world. The January 5 rankings are the first to include the new points distributions.

Fifth seed Peer and sixth seed Vaidisova won earlier in the day, with Peer beating Petra Cetkovska, 76(4) 62, and Vaidisova inching past a game Alla Kudryavtseva in a two-hour, 37-minute thriller, 76(3) 46 75.

Other first round winners were Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, Edina Gallovits, Aravane Rezai and Jill Craybas. Rezai dispatched two-time former ASB Classic champion Eleni Daniilidou, 63 36 63, while Craybas beat returned former Top 5 player and sentimental favorite Kimiko Date Krumm of Japan, 64 63.

In the night singles match, No.3 seed Anabel Medina Garrigues took on Mara Santangelo.

Aiko Nakamura, Ayumi Morita, Kristina Barrois and Alberta Brianti all secured main draw spots with wins earlier in the day in the final round of qualifying.

The other eight first round matches will all take the court on Tuesday. Among those in action are Top 2 seeds Elena Dementieva and Caroline Wozniacki.

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