Hradecka & Benesova Defeated On Day One
Published July 11, 2011 12:00
BAD GASTEIN, Austria - It wasn't a good day for seeds in Bad Gastein on Monday, as the two in action - Lucie Hradecka and Iveta Benesova - were both bundled out in the first round of the picturesque International-level event.
Hradecka, the No.3 seed, was the first to take the court, and while her return game was strong she had a difficult serving day and fell to Sandra Zahlavova, 75 63. Hradecka converted all three of her break points but gave Zahlavova 13 looks at them, surrendering five. And for someone who regularly hits double digit aces in her matches, Hradecka was 5-8 for aces to double faults.
"I was so nervous. Lucie hits so hard and especially when I hit second serves, she returns so well," Zahlavova said. "I just had to put as many first serves in as I could, keep the ball in play and try to move her around. It was tough."
Benesova, seeded No.4, was down 75 30 to Austrian wildcard Nikola Hofmanova and won two games in a row to catch up to 75 32, but then had to retire from the match due to a right knee injury. Hofmanova got her first WTA main draw win.
"It's amazing, I don't even know what to say, and against a Top 50 player it's just amazing," Hofmanova said. "It was a strange match because there were so many unforced errors, but I think I kept the ball in the court more often. It went pretty well for me, but I wish Iveta a fast recovery from her injury."
Hofmanova, who turned 20 earlier this year, discussed her plans for the rest of the day. "I'm not going to do much. I'm just going to be really happy and do nothing, and just enjoy this day. I'll practice and do some physical training tomorrow to get ready for my next match. But today just take it easy."
Paula Ormaechea, Dia Evtimova, Sofia Shapatava and Nastja Kolar secured spots in the main draw with wins in the final round of qualifying.