Top seeded Martina Hingis of Switzerland overpowered Hungarian Melinda Czink in only 44 minutes for a 6-1, 6-2 win in her first match at the Sunfeast Open here Monday.
Martina wrapped up the first set in just 20 minutes after thrice breaking Czink's serve. She began by breaking Czink in the opening game of the tie and then went on to repeat that in the fifth and seventh games to take the set 6-1.
If the highlight of the set was Martina's strong forehands and angled volleys, there was a subdued display from the Hungarian, who made several unforced errors and never really got into the groove.
The Hungarian's attempts of setting up Martina with drop volleys left her in a lurch as they ended up on the wrong side of the net every time.
Martina took the first set as a Czink block on a Martina volley fell wide.
The second set was no different as Czink saved two deuces to register a game on her serve.
But Martina took three games in a row thereafter that included a break to have the match in her bag. While Czink showed a semblance of resistance retaining the seventh game on her serve, the Martina tirade was too much to withstand.
She wilted and Martina took the next two games including a beak to take home the match.
Martina addressed the crowd after the match and acknowledged its support.
"I am very happy to be here. The crowd is great. I am moved by their warmth," she said.
"I am happy at the way I have played. I was working on my volleys and returns and they have come good in this match."
--Indo-Asian News Service