Kimiko Date-Krumm had the most lopsided scoreline of the day in beating Zhang Ling in second round action at the OEC Taipei WTA Ladies Open.
WTA Staff
January 19, 2017

TAIPEI, Chinese Taipei - Japanese players went 3-0 at the OEC Taipei WTA Ladies Open on Wednesday, with Kimiko Date-Krumm, Ayumi Morita and Kurumi Nara recording victories in second round play.

The 42-year-old Date-Krumm had the most lopsided scoreline of the day, 61 62, in 57 minutes over qualifier Zhang Ling.

"After my first round match I was so tired," said the sixth-seeded Date-Krumm, who was also victorious in doubles alongside Chan Chin-Wei. "So today I was thinking 'I hope I don't break two hours.' And I finished very quickly, which is good for me, because now physically I feel better than yesterday.

"Even when I was leading I didn't feel comfortable. I need to finish. Many matches this year I won the first set, was up in the second and ended up losing the match. I need to concentrate on every point."

Date-Krumm also commented on the WTA's new Challenger Series.

"I think it's a good tournament because in Asia we don't have as many events as Europe or America does," Date-Krumm said. "So we need more middle-sized tournaments like this. If players win the tournaments, they get more than 100 points, so it can have a big effect on the rankings too."

No.3 seed Morita was a 62 62 winner over Paula Kania, and Nara got past Tamarine Tanasugarn, 63 06 64.

The top seed's stand at the maiden WTA $125 event was brief, as Peng Shuai was upended by Zarina Diyas in her opener. The 19-year-old Diyas, who came into this week ranked No.351, never faced a break point in her 62 62 defeat of the World No.40 Peng that took just over an hour.

"Today I served really well," Diyas said. "My serve was a big weapon. It was a really good match for me. I'm happy that I won."

Also winning her opener was another teen, 17-year-old Russian Irina Khromacheva, who overcame three set points from 6-3 down in the first set tie-break of her 76(6) 63 triumph over Alexa Glatch.

"I'm really happy because she just won an ITF tournament," Khromacheva said. "It was a really tough match. She served really well and is an aggressive player. My serve worked really well today, which I'm very happy about. In the tie-break, I stayed positive and that helped me. In the second set, it was a difference of just one break."