Seeded Sugiyama, Sprem Upset Monday at WTA Berlin

Posted on May 3, 2005

The seeded players went 0-2 on the opening day at the WTA stop in Berlin Monday, with China's Shuai Peng ousting No. 14 seed Ai Sugiyama in straight sets, and France's Virginie Razzano coming from a set down to defeat No. 16 Karolina Sprem 6-2 in the third.

Un-seeds into the second round were led by former slam champs Mary Pierce (d. Chakvetadze) and Conchita Martinez (d. (Q) Muller, bagel in the first).

Other unseeded players advancing were Venezuela's Maria Vento-Kabchi (d. Jidkova), Italy's Flavia Pennetta (d. (WC) Barna), Czechs Klara Koukalova (d. Marrero) and qualifier Kveta Peschke (d. (LL) Haynes), Spaniard Anabel Medina Garrigues (d. (Q) Panova), American Jill Craybas (d. (Q) Gehrlein from a set down), Bulgarian Maggie Maleeva (d. Douchevina), German Anna-Lena Groenefeld (d. Linetskaya), and Greece's Eleni Daniilidou (d. (Q) Bohmova from a set down, 7-6 in the third).

On court Tuesday in Berlin are Dulko vs. Hantuchova, Safina vs. Ivanovic, Clijsters vs. Fedak, Petrova vs. Koukalova, Peschke vs. Zvonareva, Chladkova vs. Schruff, Kloesel vs. Likhovtseva, Razzano vs. Craybas, Henin-Hardenne vs. Benesova, Randriantefy vs. Dechy, Shaughnessy vs. Prusova, Smashnova vs. Kostanic, Jankovic vs. Obziler, Zuluaga vs. Kirilenko, and Vento-Kabchi vs. Peng.

Waiting in the wings is Maria Sharapova, who received a first-round bye and can take No. 1 for the first time with the title in Berlin.

"I feel good on clay, it's a different game but it's fun," said Sharapova, who has never reached a WTA semifinal on the dirt, but knows her math. "It would be a big honor for me (to be No. 1). Of course, I am No. 2 and I know the next spot is No. 1. If it happens it is great. But I have time."