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Sabine Survives Kimiko on Day 2

Sabine Lisicki beat Kimiko Date Krumm in a nail-biter as the first round ended in Los Angeles.

Published August 04, 2009 11:59

Sabine Survives Kimiko on Day 2
Sabine Lisicki

LOS ANGELES, CA, USA - The first round wrapped up and the second round began at the LA Women's Tennis Championships on Tuesday, and in contrast to Monday, the seeds went completely unscathed on Day 2 of the event.

The last 10 first round matches all took the court and they went completely to form, with No.12 seed Li Na, No.13 seed Samantha Stosur, No.14 seed Zheng Jie and No.17 seed Sabine Lisicki all winning through, alongside unseeded players Daniela Hantuchova, Sorana Cirstea, Aleksandra Wozniak, Ekaterina Makarova, Maria Kirilenko and Urszula Radwanska.

Lisicki was given the toughest test of them all against returned Japanese star Kimiko Date Krumm, 38 years old and a qualifier into the main draw. Date Krumm held three set points before dropping the first set and served for the match at 5-4 in the third set, even holding a 30-15 lead in that game, before ultimately falling to the big-hitting German world No.22, 76(5) 26 75.

"This is my second career. Nobody expected me to play tennis after 12 years of retirement. I'm just trying to enjoy my tennis - I love it, and I love having a challenge," Date Krumm said. "I want to continue to play for one or two more years, or maybe three years, until my body is dead. Maybe some people think it is crazy. I just wanted a chance to continue to qualify for Grand Slams."

The first two second round matches of the week took place under the lights and Ana Ivanovic and Vera Zvonareva both battled past tough opponents in three set matches. Ivanovic, the No.6 seed, looked to be in trouble against Vania King in the first match, losing the second set and facing points for a 2-0 third set deficit, but the Serb reeled off six games in a row to prevail, 64 46 61.

"In the beginning I felt like she was overpowering me and I really didn't have a game plan. But I started playing to her backhand more and I think she got a little bit nervous," King said. "She's a great player and I enjoyed playing against her. People expected her to win. I'm happy I made it three sets."

Zvonareva, the No.2 seed, was given much more trouble in the last match of the night, edging Peng Shuai, 36 63 76(6). Peng led by a break early in the second set and hung tough throughout the third set too, even holding a 5-3 lead in the deciding tie-break; but Zvonareva, ranked No.7 in the world, managed the win.

The other 14 second round matches are scheduled for Wednesday.

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