Hingis On Wednesday at WTA Tokyo
Posted on February 1, 2006
All three seeds in action Tuesday advanced into the second round at the WTA stop in Tokyo with winners (5) Nicole Vaidisova (d. Fujiwara), (6) Daniela Hantuchova (d. Jankovic from a set down) and (8) Ana Ivanovic (d. Sugiyama, bagel in the second).
"I wasn't aggressive enough in the first set, so after that, I told myself to hang in there and wait for my shots," said Hantuchova, who lost to Jankovic in their previous meeting. "I definitely feel like I always play well in Tokyo, and I think I'm off to a good start this week. I love the court here. I like the speed. It's like grass, which is my favorite surface."
Sugiyama wasn't ready to hand all the credit for the win to Ivanovic.
"Of course, her strokes and serves were very good but today it was more a fault with my own game. I self-destructed," Sugiyama said.
Four unseeded winners also progressed into the second round in Russian Maria Kirilenko (d. Santangelo), France's Marion Bartoli (d. countrywoman Golovin, bagel in the second), Japan's Saori Obata (d. Peschke), and Slovenia's Katarina Srebotnik (d. Craybas).
Scheduled for Wednesday in Tokyo are Stosur vs. Nakamura, Srebotnik vs. Dementieva, Likhovtseva vs. Asagoe, Cho vs. Hingis, Raymond vs. Tu, Koukalova vs. Zheng, and Vaidisova vs. Obata.