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Hantuchova cruises into Round 2

sports Updated: Sep 20, 2007 00:44 IST
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Second-seed Daniela Hantuchova sailed into the second round of the Sunfeast Open, decimating Polish qualifier Marta Domachowska in straight sets at the $175,000 event in Kolkata on Wednesday.

World no. 11 Slovak Hantuchova took only 62 minutes to snuff out a feeble challenge from Domachowska 6-2 6-1 at the Netaji Indoor Stadium. The 24-year old displayed overall superiority to cruise through in the opening set, with service breaks in the second and eight games. She further broke Domachowska in the fourth and sixth games of the second set to take the match.

Earlier in Wednesday's afternoon session, eighth seed Yung-jan Chan of the Chinese Taipei entered the quarter-final defeating Jarmila Gajdosova of Slovakia 6-1, 6-2 in a little over an hour. Also entering the quarter-final was Tzipora Obziler of Israel.

Playing her second consecutive three-setter within 24 hours, Obziler came back after losing the first set 4-6 to Australian Casey Dellacqua, she won the next two 6-3, 7-5. She will now play the winner of Sunitha Rao and Anne Keothavong of England. On Wednesday, Keothavong defeated Sara Errani of Italy 6-4, 6-4 in their first-round match.

A performer on court, and off it too

Off court, Hantuchova was equally at ease, dressed in a burnt orange sari and and at her best with quotable quotes.

With the tournament woefully depleted of the glamour quotient, there could be other reasons too. Sample this: "I wish I could play in it," was her answer to whether she liked wearing a sari. "I guess I am the only stupid one in the family," she said when asked about how the daughter of a computer scientist and a toxicologist and one who has an architect brother took to tennis.

She even said she was having a great time here. Marion Bartoli may have that the surface was slow but the svelte Slovak said: "It helps me prepare for the indoor season in Europe." Just what the organisers wanted to hear.

Given the seed scare that's jinxed this Open, Hantuchova said she would like to take one match at a time. "That's what I always do. If you have too big ambitions, you tend to lose quickly. I just tried to get used to the court. It was hard playing so soon after getting in but I am glad all my shots were working today."

With foot blisters and the possibility of a tough four days ahead, Hantuchova will hope it stays that way. It could mean a third WTA Tour title.