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Bammer Beats Heat, American King Rolls at WTA Bangkok
Posted on October 13, 2006
BANGKOK, Thailand -- Unlike many of her Sony Ericsson WTA Tour competitors, Sybille Bammer enjoys playing in the heat. The unseeded Austrian didn't mind the hot and humid conditions on Thursday in her second round match against No.3-seeded Nathalie Dechy and prevailed, 63 61, to enter the quarterfinals of the PTT Bangkok Open.
"I play really well here in Thailand because I love the heat," Bammer said. "That's usually the case, although on Tuesday (in her 61 63 win over Nicole Pratt), I got really dizzy on court, was seeing black spots and had to be treated. I don't know why, maybe I hadn't eaten enough. Today, though, I had no problem and felt really good out there."
Bammer notched her third victory over the Frenchwoman this year. Just last month, she lost a tight three-set battle in Luxembourg but used her first chance for revenge here.
"I'm happy with the first two rounds," said Bammer, who will next play hometown favorite Tamarine Tanasugarn. "Today I didn't make too many easy mistakes. I was expecting the match to be tougher. Nathalie and I have played each other three times lately. The first two times I won (Wimbledon, US Open) and she beat me two weeks ago. Each match was very tough and could have gone either way."
American teenager Vania King, who enjoys playing in Asia because of her Taiwanese family background, managed the second-biggest upset of the day against No.4 seed Lucie Safarova. The 17-year-old will play her second Tour quarterfinal on Friday against doubles partner and No.8 seed Jelena Kostanic.
"I feel really good about my match today," King said. "I respect her (Safarova), but she wasn't at her best today. She never seemed to find her rhythm. She started to make some changes in the second set, but I felt that I had the answers for the things she tried. I felt that I served well and that was the key to the match."
Mariana Diaz-Oliva's career came to an end on Thursday with an emotionally difficult 64 63 loss to Japan's Aiko Nakamura. The 30-year-old Argentine, who will retire after this event due to injury problems and family plans, was treated on court for heat illness in the second set. Diaz-Oliva is rounding out her 14 years on Tour with two impressive accomplishments. A few weeks ago, she made her first Tour doubles final at Seoul (with Chuang Chia-Jung) and this week she showed tremendous fighting spirit in a come-from-behind upset victory of No.2 seed Anabel Medina Garrigues, whom she had never beaten before.
No.5 seed Eleni Daniilidou spoiled Erika Takao's 19th birthday by handing her a 64 64 loss. The Greek, who will be the highest seed in Friday's quarterfinal line-up, also struggled with the humidity.
"I didn't feel good out there today or yesterday and my tennis was not that great," Daniilidou said. "This is the last tournament of the Asian circuit and I've played a lot of matches. It's also very hot, but it's the same for everybody.?
"I'm happy that I won, after all a victory is a victory, and I have to be satisfied with that," she added. "But I wasn't moving well and was not aggressive enough. I wasn't consistent enough, although on the important points I did come through. I hope that I'm going to play better tomorrow (against Severine Bremond), sometimes when you have a tougher opponent it forces you to play better."
Meghann Shaughnessy defeated Julia Schruff, 61 63, to set up a quarterfinal meeting with Nakamura.