Pennetta, Domínguez Lino Ousted in Bogotá
Published February 17, 2009 12:00
BOGOTÁ, Colombia - Flavia Pennetta fought until the bitter end but was not able to escape the upset on Tuesday, falling to Masa Zec Peskiric in her first round match at the Copa Sony Ericsson Colsanitas.
Pennetta, seeded No.1 and the heavy favorite to win the red clay court event, split the first two sets with the unseeded Zec Peskiric but was forced to claw back from behind over and over again in the third, as her Slovenian opponent built leads of 4-1, 5-3, and 5-1 in the tie-break, eventually closing out her first Top 20 win, 63 46 76(4). It was the second straight year Pennetta has come in as the top seed and fallen in the first round of the International event.
Pennetta wasn't the only seed to fall, as No.8 seed Lourdes Domínguez Lino lost to Ioana Raluca Olaru, 57 64 76(3), after holding a pair of match points leading 5-3 in the third set. Pennetta and Domínguez Lino are both former champions in Bogotá, playing each other in back-to-back finals in 2005 and 2006, with the Italian winning the first time and the Spaniard winning their rematch a year later.
The other five seeds in action, namely No.2 seed Carla Suárez Navarro, No.3 seed Gisela Dulko, No.4 seed and defending champion Nuria Llagostera Vives, No.6 seed Mathilde Johansson and No.7 seed María José Martínez Sánchez, all won their respective first round matches.
The first four second round matches of the week are all among Wednesday's schedule at the $220,000 Sony Ericsson WTA Tour stop.