Sorana Squeaks Through
Published April 12, 2010 12:00
BARCELONA, Spain - It rained in Spain on Monday, meaning just two of the scheduled first round matches were resolved at the Barcelona Ladies Open.
Germany's Kristina Barrois was first to secure her place in the second round of the $220,000 event, beating Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium in straight sets, 75 62. She was followed by No.5 seed Sorana Cirstea, who needs a good claycourt season given she'll have quarterfinal points to defend at Roland Garros next month. Today the young Romanian edged Austria's Tamira Paszek in a close encounter, 64 76(6).
The qualifying rounds were completed, at least. Former Top 20 player Alizé Cornet - top seed in the main draw here last year - rode a rollercoaster to outlast Maria Elena Camerin, 60 26 75. The news wasn't so good for Australian comeback queen Alicia Molik, however. The former top tenner was beaten in three sets by Masa Zec Peskiric of Slovenia, 57 64 61.
Simona Halep of Romania and Spain's Silvia Soler Espinosa also secured main draw berths. Halep's reward is a first round match against No.7 seed Carla Suárez Navarro on Tuesday. Top seed Francesca Schiavone also makes her first appearance on day two, against fellow Italian Alberta Brianti.
No.3 seed María José Martínez Sánchez and fellow Spaniard Anabel Medina Garrigues will be in action too, against Andrea Petkovic and Yaroslava Shvedova respectively.