Bondarenko On The Board, Zakopalova Out

Former Top 20 player Alona Bondarenko got her first win since coming back three weeks ago.

Published June 06, 2011 12:00

Bondarenko On The Board, Zakopalova Out
Alona Bondarenko

COPENHAGEN, Denmark - The second annual e-Boks Sony Ericsson Open kicked off on in Copenhagen on Monday and it didn't take very long for the first surprise, as No.2 seed and returning finalist Klara Zakopalova was upset by fellow WTA veteran Kathrin Woerle, who scored her biggest career win.

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The No.144-ranked Woerle, who has never been higher than No.119, took it to the No.34-ranked Zakopalova in the 63-minute stunner, winning seven games in a row from 3-all in the first set and never letting go of that lead to complete a 63 62 win, her biggest win in terms of ranking (her previous-best was No.36).

The only other seed in action nearly suffered an early exit as well but scraped out, as No.8 seed Alberta Brianti rallied from 5-2 down in the third set to beat Alexandra Panova, 67(5) 61 75. Both women hit 10 aces during the match.

Also among the winners was former Top 20 player Alona Bondarenko, who got the first win of her comeback against countrywoman Olga Savchuk, 64 63.

"It was a good match for me," said Bondarenko, who lost the first four games of the match before kicking into gear against her fellow Ukrainian. "I'm feeling good and I am playing better and better with every match. I'm very happy to win."

Bondarenko, who went as high as No.19 in the world in 2008, is now No.114 after having missed the first five months of the season due to a right knee injury.

"I stayed home for five months and was resting, working out in the gym and the swimming pool," the 26-year-old said. "My knee is feeling good now - I still have to do some treatment sometimes but I hope I won't feel pain anymore.

"The first few months off were good, it was nice to rest. But I started to miss tennis a lot. I didn't know what to do at home. I missed the travelling too. When I watched Indian Wells it really sunk in; I knew I needed to come back fast."

Croatia's Petra Martic and Slovakia's Zuzana Kucova also moved through.

Alexa Glatch, Galina Voskoboeva, Mona Barthel and Johanna Konta secured spots in the main draw with wins in the final round of qualifying.

The doubles draw also kicked off and there was a very big name on the card. World No.1 Caroline Wozniacki, this week's top seed in singles, got her week off to a winning start in the team event, alongside good friend Malou Ejdesgaard.

"It's great to be back playing in front of my home crowd," Wozniacki, who beat Zakopalova in last year's final, said. "It's a bit busy for me this week - I have a lot of commitments here - but I'm really enjoying it. I'm just trying to have fun!."

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