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Daniilidou Fights Back, Schiavone Defeated

Eleni Daniilidou conjured up memories of the Hansol Korea Open in 2006 to win her 2011 opener.

Published September 20, 2011 12:00

Daniilidou Fights Back, Schiavone Defeated
Eleni Daniilidou

SEOUL, South Korea - Two Top 10 players made the trip to the Hansol Korea Open but only one of them made it out of the opening round, as Francesca Schiavone was ousted by Vera Dushevina on Tuesday afternoon, 76(4) 62. Marion Bartoli was able to make the second round of the International event.

Schiavone, ranked No.8 in the world and the No.1 seed in Seoul, got herself to set point leading 5-3 in the first set but lost her serve after double faulting three straight times from there, and never quite got control of the match again.

"Today I wanted to play aggressively but it just didn't work. I did not serve well," said Schiavone, who had 14 double faults. "I hoped to play good tennis for the Korean audience. The fans here are very good. I'm feeling sorry about the loss."

Dushevina scored the fourth Top 10 win of her career, although her overall record against Top 10 players still remains a lopsided 4-38.

Bartoli, the No.10-ranked player in the world and the No.2 seed in Seoul, had a much simpler day on the court, beating Nuria Llagostera Vives, 62 62.

"It was windy and cold, so I had to change strategies. But I think I played pretty well," Bartoli said. "Hopefully I can play like this in the next round."

Coached by her father, Walter, Bartoli talked about having family with her in Seoul. "I feel lucky I have a very good relationship with my father. When we're on the court he gives me good suggestions, and off the court I have someone supporting me and taking care of me. As a tennis player I've travelled a lot, and it's a very warm feeling to have family around me and taking care of me."

Bartoli was also asked about her upcoming goals. "Currently I have a lot of goals. The Olympics are too far for me right now - my biggest goal is the WTA Championships in Istanbul. I hope I can make it there this year."

No.3 seed Julia Goerges, No.5 seed Polona Hercog, No.6 seed María José Martínez Sánchez and No.7 seed Irina-Camelia Begu all won in straight sets, but No.8 seed Ekaterina Makarova joined Schiavone as one of the fallen ones, losing to hard-hitting Kazakh player Galina Voskoboeva, 64 64.

Eleni Daniilidou and qualifier Kristyna Pliskova were also among the winners later in the day. Daniilidou, who won this title in 2006, let go of a 4-1 third set lead but closed out Korean wildcard Kim So-Jung in a 46 62 75 marathon.

"I only arrived in Seoul yesterday because I won the doubles title in Tashkent," Daniilidou said. "I haven't been feeling well today. I had a stomach ache during the match and wanted to withdraw in the second set. But then I remembered I was the champion here, and how great the audience was that year, cheering for me - so I fought hard because of them. I'm happy I was finally able to win."

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