Hingis Wins; Mauresmo, Henin in Action Wednesday in Berlin

Posted on May 10, 2006

Martina Hingis’s winning ways continued Tuesday as the Swiss Miss ousted No.11 seed Flavia Pennetta, 7-5, 6-3 in her Berlin Opener.

Since making a comeback from retirement, the 23rd-ranked Hingis pressured Pennetta breaking the Italian six times.

Hingis avenged a loss to Pennetta suffered earlier this year in the semifinals of Gold Coast where the Swiss served for the match at in Australia but couldn't close.

"I'm very happy that I got through today," Hingis said. "Pennetta is a very tough first round opponent. This match was very similar to the one at Gold Coast but it was much quicker this time. I'm very happy to have made such a big improvement over the last few months."

Hingis will next take on German Julia Schruff, who advanced to the second round Tuesday with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Finn Emma Laine.

Also notching a notable upset Tuesday was Spanish qualifier Laura Pous Tio. The 21-year-old from Granollers dispatched No.9-seeded Elena Likhovtseva, 6-4 6-3, to set up a second round encounter with Austrian Sybille Bammer.

Last week's Estoril finalist Li Na, who had to retire in Portugal at the beginning of the third set due to heat illness, experienced a reversal of fortune when No.12-seeded Ana Ivanovic retired due to a left hamstring strain. Li, the Chinese No.2, surged up nine spots in the rankings to No.61 after her third career Tour singles final appearance in Estoril, which was also her first of 2006.

Also on Monday's Qatar Telecom German Open menu was 16th-seeded Anabel Medina Garrigues, who cruised past Russian qualifier Tatiana Panova, 6-1 6-2. The Spaniard has won six of her last nine clay court matches and had two consecutive Round of 1-6 appearances in Amelia Island and Charleston. The 23-year-old from Valencia next faces Anna Chakvetadze, who won her debut match on Monday against Czech Iveta Benesova.

Other first round winners were Estonian Maret Ani, Czech Klara Koukalova, Colombian Catalina Castaño, Slovenian Katarina Srebotnik and Ukrainian qualifier Julia Vakulenko.

Second round action will begin Wednesday. World No.1 Amélie Mauresmo, one of eight top seeds to receive a first round bye, will take the court against Russian Vera Dushevina. No.2-seeded Nadia Petrova will meet Vera Zvonareva, No.3 seed Justine Henin-Hardenne will meet Italian Mara Santangelo and No.4 Patty Schnyder is up against Estonian Ani.