Serena Serves Up Two Bagels in Stuttgart

Posted on October 3, 2007

STUTTGART, Germany - The seeded contingent made its first appearance of the week at the $650,000 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix on Monday, and apart from a disastrous start from one of them they both managed comfortable wins, as the first round of the Tier II indoor tournament continued.

The first seed to take court on the second day of play, Nadia Petrova, recovered from a slow start to dismiss Tatjana Malek, 26 61 61. After losing the first set the No.7 seed fought back straight away, reeling off the first five games of the second and the first four games of the third en route to the 93-minute victory.

Petrova was coming in off early round upsets in her last two events, dropping in the third round of the US Open to Hungary's Agnes Szavay and in the second round of Luxembourg to Belarus' Victoria Azarenka. But this is a special location for the Russian, as she won her sixth of seven career titles here a year ago.

In the feature evening match it was Serena Williams' turn to represent the seeds, and she didn't disappoint one bit, blowing past lucky loser Zuzana Ondraskova in just 47 minutes, 60 60. The No.6 seed faced game points in only two games - Ondraskova had two chances to get on the board in the last game of the first set and in the second-to-last game of the second set - but it was not to be, and the American notched her third career double bagel, and first in over four years.

"It's my first time playing in Stuttgart and I just love it," said Williams, who had played the event twice when it was held in Filderstadt. "The court is great, and the stadium is really nice. I hope I'll be here all week."

Two players who just missed the seedings - Frenchwomen Marion Bartoli and Amélie Mauresmo - weren't so lucky, both getting bundled out of the tournament in their opening matches. Bartoli led Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska a set and a break before the Polish teenager bounced back, winning 11 of the last 12 games for a 06 62 61 victory. Mauresmo fell for the first time in her last four encounters with Elena Dementieva, 62 75, after leading by a break in the second set.

In the only other matches, Shahar Peer downed Francesca Schiavone, 61 76(6), while qualifier Julia Vakulenko beat Germany's Julia Goerges, 64 64.

Three first round doubles matches also took the court. Among the winners was the No.2-seeded Taiwanese-Russian duo of Chan Yung-Jan and Dinara Safina, which beat Polish duo Klaudia Jans and Alicja Rosolska, 62 64.

The last four first round matches and the first four second rounds will all take the courts Wednesday. Among those making their first appearances of the week are Top 10 players Svetlana Kuznetsova, Ana Ivanovic, Anna Chakvetadze and Daniela Hantuchova. (WTA)