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Pavlyuchenkova Wins Seoul Opener

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova survived a marathon with Anabel Medina Garrigues in the first round of the KDB Korea Open on Monday.

Published September 16, 2013 12:00

Pavlyuchenkova Wins Seoul Opener
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova

SEOUL, Korea - Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, the highest seed in action Monday at the KDB Korea Open, had the longest match of the day, but still emerged victorious.

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The third-seeded Pavlyuchenkova dropped a see-saw first set but took over from there for a 57 62 63 first round triumph over Anabel Medina Garrigues in two hours and 41 minutes.

"It wasn't easy because it's my first match since leaving the US and I'm a bit jet-lagged and tired," Pavlyuchenkova said. "Also Anabel played amazing in the first set, but I cut out my mistakes in the second and third sets.

"It was pretty slow out there today. I don't know if it was the balls or the courts, but that's another reason we had really long rallies and the match lasted so long."

Pavlyuchenkova usually does her best work on hardcourts, as four of her five WTA titles have come on the surface, as well as both of her runner-up showings and all four of her semifinal outings.

"I would like to win the tournament," Pavlyuchenkova said. "After this match I'm not sure how I'll feel tomorrow, but I'll do my best and try to go as far as I can."

In the two other matches involving seeds, Lara Arruabarrena was a 75 26 64 winner over No.5 seed Elina Svitolina to snap a four-match losing streak, and No.6 seed Julia Goerges beat Misaki Doi, 63 75.

A couple of other winners were Virginie Razzano and Alexandra Dulgheru. Razzano routed Lourdes Domínguez Lino, 61 61, and has now surrendered just nine games combined in her three matches against the Spaniard. Down 6-5, 30-0 in the second set of her clash with Han Sung-Hee, Dulgheru won 11 straight points for a 60 76(0) victory.

Ons Jabeur, Han Xinyun, Risa Ozaki and Chan Chin-Wei all moved into the main draw with wins in the final round of qualifying.

Defending champions and No.1 seeds Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears were among the first round doubles victors.

No.1 seed Agnieszka Radwanska, No.2 seed and 2008 Seoul champ Maria Kirilenko and 2009 Seoul champ Kimiko Date-Krumm are among those in action on Tuesday.

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