Anastasia & Jelena Move On In Monterrey
Published March 02, 2011 12:00
MONTERREY, México - The first round wrapped up and the second round began at the Whirlpool Monterrey Open on Wednesday, with the Top 2 seeds both winning through at the $220,000 International-level tournament.
Leading the second round roster was No.2 seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, who had survived a near-three hour first round match against Eleni Daniilidou the night before. Taking on Melanie Oudin, Pavlyuchenkova stormed out to a 62 52 lead only to watch the American push the second set to a tie-break, even holding double set point at 6-4; but the Russian fought those off and won the last four points of the match to clinch a 62 76(6) win on Cancha Central.
"Melanie is a much more aggressive player than my opponent yesterday so I had to pay much more attention," Pavlyuchenkova said. "I played much better."
Other players to secure quarterfinal spots were No.8 seed Polona Hercog, Greta Arn and Olga Govortsova. Arn pulled off an upset over No.6 seed Sara Errani, rallying from 64 42 down. The Hungarian, a quarterfinalist on the clay of Acapulco last week, twice trailed by a break in the third set as well.
The last two first rounds were also on the schedule, including No.1 seed Jelena Jankovic taking on Lourdes Domínguez Lino. Jankovic, ranked No.6 in the world, double faulted three times to lose serve in the opening game but was never really in trouble from then on, overpowering Domínguez Lino, 64 61.
"Today was tough. My opponent played very well and hit a lot of slices," Jankovic said. "I feel good about my game though. I only came here a few days ago and the conditions are different, but I'm happy to win. I enjoyed it out here."
This is Jankovic's second straight year coming to Monterrey. "I love coming back to Monterrey. I was here last year and had a great time. The people are so nice and very welcoming. I want to thank you all so much for the support."
This was also Jankovic's first singles match since turning 26 on Monday. "I ate a lot of cake. I think I gained a few kilos," she joked in her on-court interview. "I'm just enjoying it. I ate a lot. I'm getting older so I have to enjoy it now!"
The last first round match of the week was the last one on Wednesday's schedule, as Gisela Dulko upset No.7 seed Iveta Benesova, 62 76(3). Dulko extended her winning streak to six straight matches, having won five in a row to win the Acapulco title; she had also been 1-5 lifetime against Benesova.