Ormaechea Rolls In Rio Opener

No.3 seed Paula Ormaechea was victorious in the first round of the Rio Open, while No.6 seed María-Teresa Torró-Flor was upset.

Published February 17, 2014 12:12

Ormaechea Rolls In Rio Opener
Paula Ormaechea

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil - The first day of main draw play at the inaugural Rio Open on Monday saw South America's highest ranked player, Argentina's Paula Ormaechea, put on a dominant showing.

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The third-seeded Ormaechea got off to a bit of a slow start against qualifier Nicole Gibbs, going down 2-0 in the first set, but from there she reeled off 11 straight games en route to a 62 61 triumph.

Though this was Ormaechea's first main draw win at a WTA-level event since last year's US Open, she did win both of her singles matches in Argentina's Fed Cup victory over Japan earlier this month.

The only other seed in action Monday wasn't as fortunate, with qualifier Nastassja Burnett beating No.6 seed María-Teresa Torró-Flor for her first WTA main draw win of the year.

Burnett went up 4-1 and two breaks before a rain delay forced the players off the court and thwarted her momentum. Upon resumption, she surrendered four straight games and then had to fight off four set points down 5-4. That was the first of seven straight games the Italian won en route to a 75 64 defeat of Torró-Flor, who is ranked almost 100 spots higher than Burnett.

"At the beginning I was playing really well, very aggressive," Burnett said. "It was a pity at 4-1 that it started to rain and I lost my momentum and she got back in the match. It was tougher than I'd like but I'm happy that I got the win and I feel every day I'm playing better."

Burnett commented on playing her first clay court event of the season.

"I have been playing on hardcourts for a long time now," Burnett said. "Fed Cup was indoors on very fast courts. It's not easy to get used to this. Practicing points before the tournament, I wasn't happy, but fortunately during the match I got used to it and it got better."

No.1 seed Klara Zakopalova and No.2 seed Francesca Schiavone are among those in action on Tuesday. Also, No.4 seed Alexandra Cadantu takes on Brazilian No.1 Teliana Pereira.

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