Hingis Breezes in Opener in India

Posted on September 19, 2006

KOLKATA, India -- Top seed Martina Hingis needed only 44 minutes to cruise past Melinda Czink, 61 62, Monday at the Sunfeast Open 2006. The Swiss star looked sharp in her first Sony Ericsson WTA Tour event in India.

"I felt fantastic out there," Hingis said. "When it goes great like that you have to be happy. I'm excited to be here in India and want to play well for the fans. It's nice to get a quick match and get rest for the next one."

The former world No.1 will next play Israel's Tzipora Obziler, who ousted Yulia Beygelzimer, 62 63. After a disappointing second round exit at the US Open, Hingis is eager to make a good impression here to inch closer to her goal of being one of eight qualifiers for the Sony Ericsson Championships in Madrid. Hingis is in sixth place with 1719 points behind Svetlana Kuznetsova and Kim Clijsters. Justine Henin-Hardenne, Amé©e Mauresmo and Maria Sharapova already qualified for the prestigious event in November.

No.4 seed Aravane Rezai defeated Ankita Bhambri, 62 76(3), to set up a second round meeting with Tatiana Poutchek. Rezai just made her career breakthrough at the US Open by reaching her first Grand Slam fourth round. The Frenchwoman upset Top 20 players Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Maria Kirilenko en route.

Tamarine Tanasugarn, Poutchek and Abigail Spears also won on Monday. Tanasugarn upset No.6 seed Kaia Kanpei, 67(10) 75 60; Poutchek eliminated Anne Keothavong, 62 67(5) 63, and Spears ousted Akgul Amanmuradova, 63 64.

Sunfeast Open 2006 fans will be treated to an all-Indian duel Tuesday night between qualifier Rushmi Chakravarthi and No.5 seed Sania Mirza. No.2 seed Karolina Sprem plays Casey Dellacqua and No.3 Yuliana Fedak faces Alberta Brianti.
-- WTA