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Tennis - 09. June 2011.

Hantuchova strides on at the Aegon Classic in Birmingham

AEGON CLASSIC
Birmingham, England
June 6-12, 2011
$220,000/International
Grass/Outdoors


Wednesday, June 8, 2011


Singles - Second Round
(2/WC) Ana Ivanovic (SRB) d. Anna Tatishvili (GEO) 61 60
(3) Peng Shuai (CHN) d. (Q) Naomi Broady (GBR) 62 67(5) 76(2)
(4) Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) d. Sorana Cirstea (ROU) 60 63
Tamira Paszek (AUT) d. (6) Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) 64 36 64
(7) Sara Errani (ITA) d. Christina McHale (USA) 76(5) 46 62
Andrea Hlavackova (CZE) d. (9) Ayumi Morita (JPN) 76(2) 62
Marina Erakovic (NZL) d. (11) Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) 76(7) 75
(13) Rebecca Marino (CAN) d. (Q) Rika Fujiwara (JPN) 61 62
(16) Alla Kudryavtseva (RUS) d. Casey Dellacqua (AUS) 75 36 64
Heather Watson (GBR) d. Misaki Doi (JPN) 62 64
Sabine Lisicki (GER) d. Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) 75 76(3)
Alison Riske (USA) d. (Q) Sarah Gronert (GER) 63 64

Doubles - First Round
(1) Huber/Raymond (USA/USA) d. U.Radwanska/Ar.Rodionova (POL/RUS) 62 64

Daniela Hantuchova started her women's singles campaign at the AEGON Classic in style as she defeated Sorana Cirstea 6-0, 6-3.

The fourth seed was impressive in her straight sets win in her first grass court match of the season on Centre Court at Edgbaston.

"I'm really enjoying my time on court," said the Slovakian after her win. "I'm not putting any pressure on myself. I didn't expect it to be so easy, it was my first match on grass, I'm definitely on the right track."

Hantuchova will now play the No.16 seed Alla Kudryavtseva of Russia who beat Casey Dellacqua of Australia 7-5, 3-6, 6-4.

There was also a strong win for 2010 semi-finalist Alison Riske who came past German qualifier Sarah Gronert 6-3, 6-4.

On a rain affected day the players were forced on and off the court on numerous occasions throughout the duration of the match.

"I think I did five warm-ups," said Riske afterwards, "which is a record for me personally. But it's the same for everyone. I was fortunate to be first on, so I can't complain."

The American will now play the eighth seeded Frenchwoman Aravane Rezai.

Other early winners on day three were Marina Erakovic, who upset 11th seed Yaroslava Shvedova 7-6(7), 7-5, Rebecca Marino, the No.13 seed from Canada who beat Rika Fujiwara 6-1, 6-2, and Andrea Hlavackova (CZE), who also beat a Japanese player as she defeated Ayumi Morita 7-6(2), 6-2.

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