Venus Bakes Double-Bagel at WTA Istanbul


Posted on May 18, 2005

Top-seeded Venus Williams, looking to gain confidence this week before the French Open, kicked it up a notch Tuesday at the WTA stop in Istanbul with a 6-0, 6-0 opening win over Spain's Marta Marrero.

Venus' title drought has now stretched over a year, with the former No. 1 last raising a trophy at Warsaw in 2004.

Other seeded winners Tuesday were (3) Anna Smashnova (d. Castano in three) and (5) Anna-Lena Groenefeld (d. Diaz-Oliva).

Qualifiers also had their day with three into the second round in Croat Ivana Abramovic (d. (WC) Ozgen, bagel in the second), Russian Elena Vesnina (d. (WC) Buyukakcay), and Bulgarian Tszvetana Pironkova (d. (6) Shaughnessy).

Other un-seeds advancing were Israel's Shahar Peer (d. (LL) K.Bondarenko) and Swiss Emmanuelle Gagliardi (d. (Q) Stanciute in three).

On tap Wednesday in Istanbul are Panova vs. Chakvetadze, Hopkins vs. Smashnova, Abramovic vs. Vaidisova, Groenefeld vs. Gagliardi, Morigami vs. Peer, Fedak vs. Pironkova, and Washington vs. Vesnina.
Rankings
ATP - Sep 15 WTA - Sep 15
1 Novak Djokovic1 Serena Williams
2 Rafael Nadal2 Simona Halep
3 Roger Federer3 Petra Kvitova
4 Stan Wawrinka4 Maria Sharapova
5 David Ferrer5 Agnieszka Radwanska
6 Milos Raonic6 Na Li
7 Tomas Berdych7 Eugenie Bouchard
8 Kei Nishikori8 Angelique Kerber
9 Marin Cilic9 Caroline Wozniacki
10 Grigor Dimitrov10 Ana Ivanovic
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