From Lucky Loser to Round 2 for Lepchenko
Published April 07, 2009 12:00
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL, USA - Two seeds went down on Day 2 of The MPS Group Championships Tuesday, with the bigger surprise being Varvara Lepchenko's 62 60 rout of fourth-seeded Patty Schnyder. Lepchenko lost in the final round of qualifying but made the main draw when Jelena Dokic withdrew before the tournament.
Schnyder had the most Sony Ericsson WTA Tour singles titles of anyone in the field with 11, but that didn't intimidate Lepchenko, who only lost four points on her first serve and never faced a break point. Next up for Lepchenko is Tamira Paszek, who edged Melina Czink, 67(5) 64 64, in a match that lasted almost three hours. Also, top-seeded Nadia Petrova defeated Olga Govortsova, 62 64, to set up an intriguing second round match-up with 14-year-old American Madison Keys, who won her Tour debut Monday. Fifth-seeded Aleksandra Wozniak beat Jill Craybas, 64 64, and in the second round will face Sabine Lisicki, who handled Mariya Koryttseva, 63 76(3).
In an upset on the bottom half of the draw, Elena Vesnina upended No.6 seed Peng Shuai, 26 61 63. No.2 seed Caroline Wozniacki was challenged by Samantha Stosur, but prevailed, 63 67(4) 61. In the second round, she will play Virginie Razzano, who beat Akgul Amanmuradova, 62 64.
Also, eighth-seeded Bethanie Mattek-Sands edged Marion Bartoli, 57 76(4) 63. It was the third victory in four career matches for Mattek-Sands against Bartoli, who had to qualify because she was a late entrant in the draw. Mattek-Sands will next face wildcard Daniela Hantuchova, who survived qualifier Anastasija Sevastova, 26 64 76(5). Another qualifier, Anastasia Rodionova, topped Galina Voskoboeva, 64 62, to set up a second round clash with third-seeded Dominika Cibulkova.
Wednesday's schedule is highlighted by Petrova versus Keys, No.7 seed Alona Bondarenko against her sister, Kateryna, and Cibulkova versus Rodionova.