Rounds 1 Wraps Up In College Park
Published July 26, 2011 11:58
COLLEGE PARK, MD, USA - Shahar Peer came into the Citi Open as the inaugural event's top seed, but was hardly full of confidence. She was in the midst of what was tied for a career-worst five match losing streak, as she followed her third round loss in Rome with first round losses in Brussels, Roland Garros, Eastbourne and Wimbledon.
Watch Stanford & College Park on WTA Live powered by TennisTV!It wasn't exactly routine, but Peer did put an end to her skid, getting past qualifier Ryoko Fuda, 64 62, on Tuesday. The Israeli faced 10 break points, but fought off nine of them.
"I've had four first round losses, so I'm very happy to get past the first round," said Peer, who lost her opener the last time she was a No.1 seed at Barcelona in 2008. "I hope to get better with every match and I'm sure the next match I'll play better. I've been changing my game and working on new things in practice."
Peer next plays Russia's Alla Kudryavtseva, who coincidentally enough was also suffering through a five match losing streak before upending Chanelle Scheepers, 46 64 62. Another Russian, second-seeded Nadia Petrova, was never broken in her 62 62 defeat of qualifier Alexandra Mueller. Her second round opponent will be 17-year-old Canadian wildcard Eugénie Bouchard, who recorded her first WTA match win, 63 62, over Alison Riske.
No.3 seed Tamira Paszek, playing her first match since her run to the quarters at Wimbledon, edged Melanie Oudin, 76(2) 36 62. She will square off with qualifier Madison Brengle, whose 76(5) 75 triumph over Melinda Czink was her first WTA main draw match win since Québec City in 2009.
The day's lone upset saw Zhang Shuai take down fourth-seeded Jelena Dokic, 63 64. Also, fifth-seeded Bojana Jovanovski routed qualifier Petra Rampre, 60 62, and eighth-seeded Alberta Brianti topped Anne Keothavong, 63 64, despite having lost her only two previous encounters with the Brit in straight sets. Other winners were Irina Falconi and Jill Craybas.