Forget Paris

Dinara Safina put her Roland Garros disappointment behind her, but three seeds fell.

Published June 16, 2009 09:51

Forget Paris
Dinara Safina

'S-HERTOGENBOSCH, The Netherlands - A two-time runner-up at this event appeared to have put her disappointing defeat in the French Open behind her, while three seeds went down in first and second round action on Day 3 of the Ordina Open.

Dinara Safina, who lost in the final here last year to Tamarine Tanasugarn and in 2006 to Michaella Krajicek, handled Anna-Lena Groenefeld in the first round Tuesday, 60 63. The top-seeded Russian, who was playing her first singles match since falling to Svetlana Kuznetsova in the Roland Garros final, raised her record against Groenefeld to 3-2.

Some of the other seeds weren't so fortunate, as No.2 seed Dominika Cibulkova lost her first round match, and No.4 seed Sorana Cirstea and No.7 seed Iveta Benesova lost in the second round, meaning only half of the original eight seeds remain.

Nathalie Dechy edged Cibulkova, a surprise semifinalist at Roland Garros, 63 36 63, and Tanasugarn stymied Benesova, 63 61, the Thai's first victory in their three career meetings, including a defeat in Hobart early this year. However, Yanina Wickmayer's 64 63 win over Cirstea may have been the biggest surprise of the day, considering the Romanian's confidence was soaring after a quarterfinal showing at Roland Garros.

Wickmayer's quarterfinal opponent will be Kristina Barrois, who topped Krajicek, 64 63, while Tanasugarn will play No.3 seed Flavia Pennetta, who routed qualifier Ksenia Pervak, 61 61.

"I'm really happy," said Wickmayer, who also beat Cirstea in the quarterfinals of Estoril earlier this year en route to her first Sony Ericsson WTA Tour singles title. "I was down 4-1 in the first, a break down. I was just not good enough. I was a little late on the points. I started being a little bit more aggressive and started serving better, so I'm really happy with this win."

Also advancing Tuesday was No.5 seed Alona Bondarenko, who got past lucky loser Stéphanie Foretz in the first round, 64 67(1) 63. The Frenchwoman was a late injury replacement for Magdalena Rybarikova, who fresh off her first Tour singles title last week in Birmingham had to withdraw from this event because of a right thigh injury.

Wednesday's play is highlighted by Safina versus qualifier Yaroslava Shvedova, Alona Bondarenko against Francesca Schiavone and No.6 seed Daniela Hantuchova versus Alona's sister, Kateryna.

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