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Johansson Falls In Bogotá Opener

Last year's runner-up, Mathilde Johansson, was an early casualty at the XX Copa BBVA Colsanitas in Bogotá, losing to Valeria Savinykh.

Published February 13, 2012 10:46

Johansson Falls In Bogotá Opener
Mathilde Johansson

BOGOTÁ, Colombia - Valeria Savinykh caused the first major upset of the XX Copa BBVA Colsanitas on Monday when she knocked out the No.6 seed and last year's runner-up, Mathilde Johansson.

For Savinykh, the result ends a five-month wait for a main draw WTA win and edges her ever closer to a Top 100 debut. However, the Russian came within a hair's breadth of defeat, fending off two match points at 2-5 down in the deciding set, before triumphing in a two-and-a-half hour marathon, 76(2) 36 75.

Johansson was not the only seed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory at the Centro de Alto Rendimiento, though; Patricia Mayr-Achleitner, the No.8 seed, also contrived to let a 5-2 final set lead slip, eventually going down 61 36 76(3) to Spanish teenager Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino.

The other main draw singles matches on the opening day brought wins for Petra Rampre and 2010 Bogotá champion Mariana Duque-Mariño, the latter who continued with Monday's comeback theme by rallying from two service breaks and 4-1 down in the third set to defeat Tetiana Luzhanska, 36 64 75.

Tuesday will see the six remaining seeds in action in the Colombian capital, including No.1 seed Marina Erakovic and defending champion Lourdes Domínguez Lino, who take on Stefanie Voegele and Sharon Fichman respectively.

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