Dementieva Advances Amidst Rain at WTA Indian Wells

Posted on March 12, 2006

Only two women seeds saw action Saturday amid the rain, wind and cold at the Pacific Life Open, with No. 4-seeded Russian Elena Dementieva needing three sets to subdue Belarus' Anastasiya Yakimova, and No. 6 Flavia Pennetta cruising past Croatian qualifier Ivana Lisjak 6-1, 6-2.

"I always have problems playing my first rounds," Dementieva told reporters. "It's like, no matter how I play, I have to go through this one. I know if I can pass the first one, I play better and better. I think I lost my concentration in the second set, and then it was difficult to put everything together and start to fight again in the third set. I was trying to be positive, trying to be aggressive with her, but it was difficult because I had to go to the net, which is not my favorite thing to do."

American wildcard amateur Vania King moved into the third round with a straight-set win over Czech Klara Koukalova, with additional winners Na Li of China (d. Benesova 0-and-1), and Japan's Aiko Nakamura (d. Santangelo).

Scheduled on the rain-backed-up Sunday are (19) Hingis vs. Bammer, Raymond vs. (3) Sharapova, (1) Henin-Hardenne vs. Pironkova, (31) Granville vs. (2) Davenport in an all-American, (5) Myskina vs. (27) Domachowska, Bremond vs. (8) Ivanovic, (20) Bartoli vs. Bychkova, (Q) Yuan vs. (10) Safina, (11) Kirilenko vs. Asagoe, (Q) Mattek vs. (28) Mirza, (12) Golovin vs. Dominguez Lino, Daniilidou vs. (21) Peer, (29) Frazier vs. (WC) Perry in an all-American, Foretz vs. Sugiyama, Kutuzova vs. (22) Chakvetadze, Sucha vs. (26) Smashnova, (18) Safarova vs. (Q) Kirkland, (32) Craybas vs. Laine, and Cohen-Aloro vs. (17) Dulko.