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Davenport Wins, Ivanovic, Hantuchova Upset at WTA Bali
Posted on September 13, 2006
BALI, Indonesia -- The second day of Wismilak International main draw competition featured several big upsets, as two Top 5 seeds were sent packing.
While No.3 seed Lindsay Davenport survived her match against Galina Voskoboeva, 75 61, No.4 Ana Ivanovic and No.5 Daniela Hantuchova crashed out of the $225,000 event. Ivanovic fell victim to Olga Poutchkova, 63 46 62, and Hantuchova lost, 75 62, to Melinda Czink.
World No.87 Voskoboeva took the fight up to Davenport in the first set, but once the defending champion secured a late break in the first set, she never looked back.
"I always say the first match of a tournament is very important," said Davenport, who won the Tier III event here last year without dropping a set. "It was a good test for me today. She's a good, young player, and I really had to put some good points together to take that first set."
Davenport was sidelined for four months this year due to a back injury but made a terrific comeback this summer by reaching the New Haven final and the US Open quarterfinals. Her next opponent here is Akiko Morigami, a 62 61 winner over Nathalie Grandin.
Ivanovic looked flat from the outset and committed plenty of unforced errors but still managed to win the second set. Poutchkova had Ivanovic under pressure with good serving and penetrating groundstrokes.
"I'm very disappointed with my game today," said Ivanovic, who won Montreal and the US Open Series this summer. "I played a lot of tennis the last couple of weeks, and coming here I didn't have time to adapt to the conditions.
"My serve, a couple of games it was working and then not so much. I'm disappointed with that. I still had my chances but everything I went for was a mishit or a mistake."
World No.97 Poutchkova was thrilled about her victory. The 18-year-old Russian, who made her Sony Ericsson WTA Tour main draw debut this year, will try to reach her first Tour quarterfinal against Slovenian qualifier Andreja Klepac.
"This was the first time I've ever played a Top 20 player," Poutchkova said. "So to have a win is unbelievable. I really played without nerves today, and I'm so happy to be in the second round."
Hantuchova led 5-2 and held three set points before Czink steadied her nerves and broke Hantuchova's serve four times in a row to take the first set and a commanding lead in the second. Hantuchova's form dropped and she struggled with her serve.
"It was a combination of me not playing so well and her playing a very good match," Hantuchova said. "It was just one of those days --- you can't expect to play well every match, but it's disappointing because I've really enjoyed being here in these beautiful surroundings, and I wished I could have stayed longer."
"I think I started the match a little nervous," said Czink, who scored the first Top 20 win of her career and will next play Indonesian wild card Angelique Widjaja. "But when I was down 4-1 in the first set I thought to myself 'You're playing the world No.19, you've got nothing to lose.' I started to play more freely and put more pressure on her. I think at that point she started to tighten up. It's a great win for me."
No.6 seed Marion Bartoli defeated qualifier Ayu Fani Damayanti, 61 60, and No.8 Severine Bremond swept aside qualifier Trudi Musgrave, 62 62. No.9 Aiko Nakamura ousted Suchanan Viratprasert, 76(2) 64.
Other Tuesday winners were Erika Takao, Hana Sromova and qualifier Sandy Gumulya.
On Wednesday, top seed and two-time champion Svetlana Kuznetsova makes her 2006 Bali debut, while Davenport will team up with Corina Morariu in doubles.