Chakvetadze Ousted As Seeds Keep Falling in Hobart
Published January 12, 2009 12:00
HOBART, Australia - Day 2 was every bit as upsetting as Day 1 for the seeds at the Moorilla Hobart International, as most of those in action were sent packing from the International-level event.
Three of the four seeds taking the court in the afternoon session were ousted, most notably No.3 seed Anna Chakvetadze, who was up in the third set but eventually fell to Carla Suárez Navarro, 76(5) 16 75. Suárez Navarro first burst into prominence at Roland Garros last May, as she came out of the qualifying then made it all the way to the quarterfinals. Her win over the No.18-ranked Chakvetadze was her best career victory, and her first over a Top 20 player.
Chakvetadze, who was playing her first Sony Ericsson WTA Tour event of the year, hopes her beginning to 2009 isn't as disappointing as her end to 2008, when she lost six of her last eight matches and fell from the Top 10 to where she is now, ranked No.18 in the world and flirting with an exit from the Top 20.
Other seeds going home were No.5 seed Agnes Szavay, a 63 75 victim of British No.1 Anne Keothavong, and No.6 seed Aleksandra Wozniak, who held seven match points in the second set but ended up losing to Polish qualifier Urszula Radwanska - younger sister of world No.10 Agnieszka Radwanska - 36 76(3) 75.
No.4 seed Zheng Jie escaped the afternoon upset bug, beating Marina Erakovic, 61 46 61. The other seed in action on Day 2, top seed Flavia Pennetta, downed ex-Top 20 player Shahar Peer in the feature night match, 62 76(5).
Winners in matches between unseeded players were Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Olga Govortsova, Gisela Dulko, Virginie Razzano, Mara Santangelo and qualifier Melinda Czink. All eight second round matches will take court on Tuesday.