Benesova Opens With Win in Acapulco

Iveta Benesova steamrolled past Olga Savchuk Monday in the first round of the Abierto Mexicano TELCEL presented by HSBC.

Published February 23, 2009 12:00

Benesova Opens With Win in Acapulco
Iveta Benesova

ACAPULCO, México - Iveta Benesova was the highest seed to take the court and won, while fellow former champion Emilie Loit wasn't as lucky on Day 1 of the Abierto Mexicano TELCEL presented by HSBC.

Benesova, a champion here in 2004 and this year's fourth seed, steamrolled past Olga Savchuk in her first round match, 62 60. The Czech lefty never faced a single break point but broke Savchuk's delivery a total of five times during the 46-minute rout.

The other two seeds in action had mixed fortunes. Seventh seed Tathiana Garbin rallied back from a break down in the third set and battled for over two and a half hours to beat Jill Craybas, 76(4) 46 63; sixth-seeded Lucie Safarova wasn't so lucky, falling to Italian all-court player Roberta Vinci in straight sets, 64 64.

In the other three matches, Petra Cetkovska beat Lourdes Domínguez Lino, 62 62; Pauline Parmentier beat wildcard Melissa Torres Sandoval, 62 63; and Klara Zakopalova beat Loit, the 2007 champion and a wildcard into this year's main draw, 46 64 75. Zakopalova rallied from 3-0 and 5-3 deficits in the third set.

Ioana Raluca Olaru, Viktoriya Kutuzova, Greta Arn and Arantxa Parra Santonja all secured main draw berths with wins in the final round of qualifying.

The other 10 first round matches will all take place on Tuesday. Among those in action are the other five seeded players, namely top seed Venus Williams, No.2 seed Flavia Pennetta, No.3 seed Carla Suárez Navarro, No.5 seed Gisela Dulko and No.8 seed María José Martínez Sánchez. Williams is coming off her 40th Sony Ericsson WTA Tour singles title in Dubai, while Martínez Sánchez is coming off her very first in Bogotá. Pennetta, Suárez Navarro and Dulko are also arriving from Bogotá, with Dulko reaching the final but the other two falling early.

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