Dementieva wins 1st round at ASB Classic
Top-seeded Elena Dementieva beat Taiwan's Chan Yung-jan 7-5, 6-3 on Tuesday to progress to the second round of the ASB Classic women's tennis tournament.sports Updated: Jan 06, 2009 09:54 IST
Top-seeded Elena Dementieva beat Taiwan's Chan Yung-jan 7-5, 6-3 on Tuesday to progress to the second round of the ASB Classic women's tennis tournament. The Russian player, ranked fourth in the world, struggled in the first set but settled into her game in the second, beating the unseeded Chan in 1 hour, 32 minutes.
"She was on fire at the beginning and put a lot of pressure on me," Dementieva said. "I didn't expect such a high level and it took me a while to get into the game."
Second-seeded Caroline Wozniaki of Denmark needed only 56 minutes to beat Alberta Brianti of Italy 6-1, 6-0.
Wozniaki served three aces and won 80 per cent of first serve points.
"I knew it was going to be tough, but I just managed to win the important points and push her the way I wanted," Wozniaki said. Eighth-seeded Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain also had an easy passage to the second round on Tuesday, beating Nathalie Dechy of France 6-4, 6-0.
The success of the seeded players followed wins on Monday by No 3 Anabel Medina Garrigues of Spain, No 4 Aleksandra Wozniak of Canada, No 5 Shahar Peer of Israel and No 6 Nicole Vaidisova of Czech Republic.