Akgul Aces Round 1 Test
Published September 13, 2010 12:00
GUANGZHOU, China - All three seeds in action on Day 1 of the Landsky Lighting Guangzhou International Women's Open were victorious, with No.3 seed Akgul Amanmuradova being pushed the most.
The big-serving Amanmuradova powered nine aces past Olga Savchuk during a 75 62 win.
"I haven't been seeded for a really long time so it's nice, but the only positive thing is that you don't play a seed first round," Amanmuradova said. "It doesn't really mean more than that, as it's a strong draw and every single player is very good. I saw some Chinese wildcards and they are very consistent and used to this heat, so being seeded doesn't make my life too much easier."
After struggling for much of the summer, Amanmuradova has come on as of late, beating Jelena Jankovic en route to the quarterfinals in Cincinnati and winning three qualifying and one main draw match at the US Open before falling to eventual quarterfinalist Kaia Kanepi in the second round.
"I went home to Uzbekistan for five days after the US Open to see my family and then I flew via Beijing here, so it wasn't too bad," Amanmuradova said. "Jet lag is pretty tough and my body doesn't understand where it is, so I just do whatever I can. I live in the middle of nowhere, so it's tough to get home, but I always try to take a week off and go there because it recharges my batteries. If you travel every week it's killing you in the end. Of course we all want to play more and more and get more points and move up the rankings, but we also have to think about our health and seeing our families."
The other seeds on court Monday had smooth paths into the second round. Fifth-seeded Chang Kai-Chen routed Kurumi Nara, 61 62, and eighth-seeded Chanelle Scheepers handled wildcard Xu Yi-Fan, 64 60. Also Monday, the final round of qualifying was completed, with Junri Namigata, Kim So-Jung, Hsieh Su-Wei and Sun Shengnan all advancing to the main draw.