Bartoli Leads Parade of Seeds into Round 2
Published March 03, 2009 12:00
MONTERREY, México - A day after the No.1 seed went down at the inaugural Monterrey Open, No.2 seed Marion Bartoli had no such problems in her first round match. She raised her record against Michaella Krajicek to 4-0 with a 62 64 victory Tuesday night.
Krajicek had been awarded a wildcard into the qualifying draw and had to win three matches just to reach the main draw. The difference in the match was Bartoli converted on four of six break point opportunities, while Krajicek made good on just one of seven. In the second round, Bartoli will play wildcard Magdalena Rybarikova, who defeated Edina Gallovits, 64 36 63.
Also Tuesday, No.5 seed Agnes Szavay converted on five of six break point opportunities in her 62 62 defeat of Pauline Parmentier. Next up for Szavay is qualifier Vania King, a 61 64 winner versus Klara Zakopalova. King is now 3-0 against Zakopalova. Other winners were Melinda Czink over Alla Kudryavtseva, 75 61, and Mariya Koryttseva over qualifier Lenka Wienerova, 64 61.
On the opposite side of the draw, No.3 seed Flavia Pennetta, who is aiming for her seventh Sony Ericsson WTA Tour singles title, had eight aces in her 61 60 rout of Jill Craybas, and No.6 seed Iveta Benesova handled Shahar Peer, 64 62, despite dropping the opening three games of the match.
Also, Roberta Vinci edged qualifier Arantxa Rus, 64 26 62, Barbora Zahlavova Strycova survived Anna-Lena Groenefeld, 63 26 76(4), and Petra Cetkovska cruised past Jarmila Groth, 63 62. Cetkovska will next face Li Na, who upset No.1 seed Agnieszka Radwanska on Monday.
Wednesday's schedule is highlighted by No.4 seed Zheng Jie taking on Czink, No.7 seed Gisela Dulko versus Koryttseva and No.8 seed Maria Kirilenko against Lucie Safarova. Zheng and Czink have split their four meetings, Dulko and Koryttseva have never played, and Kirilenko is 4-0 against Safarova. The winner of the event will pocket $37,000.