Thursday, March 13, 2008
King, Rolle among ladies winners; Ginepri makes short work of Spadea
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- Vania King rallied to beat Luxembourg's Anne Kremer 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 on Thursday in the first round of the Pacific Life Open.
"I changed my strategy in the second set," said the 19-year-old King, from Long Beach. "I was running her a lot in the first set, but she was moving really well and putting me on the defensive. I tried to mix it up a little more and go at her, make her play more of an all-court game."
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Fellow young Americans Melanie Oudin and Ahsha Rolle also advanced as the women completed their first round and the men got their opening round started.
The 16-year-old Oudin, from Marietta, Ga., beat Maret Ani of Estonia, 7-5, 6-2, and the 22-year-old Rolle, from Miami Shores, Fla., beat Madison Brengle, a 17-year-old amateur from Dover, Del., 6-2, 6-2.
In a night men's match, Robby Ginepri routed Vince Spadea 6-1, 6-1 in 62 minutes. A wild-card entrant, Ginepri has advanced to the semifinals in his last three events.
Russian Dmitry Tursonov, at No. 37 the highest ranked man in action, advanced with a 7-6 (4), 6-3 victory over Germany's Benjamin Becker. Belgium's Xavier Malisse, trying to rebound from a right wrist injury that dropped him to No. 350, beat France's Florent Serra 6-7 (5), 6-2, 6-0 win over Florent Serra of France.
Wild card Donald Young, 18, of Atlanta, beat qualifier Bobby Reynolds, of Acworth, Ga., 6-3, 6-4, in the final men's first round match of the day.
The day also produced a rarity when Italy's Fabio Fognini and Germany's Rainer Schuettler, a pair of qualifying round "lucky losers," met in a match, with Fognini winning 2-6, 6-3, 6-3. Those two were called upon when Canada's Frank Dancevic and Colombia's Alejandro Falla withdrew because of. Lucky losers hadn't met in the first round in a tour event since the Thailand Open in September.
Israel's Sela Dudi had a mild upset, beating Germany's Nicolas Kiefer 6-4, 6-7 (4), 6-3. Swedes Jonas Bjorkman and Robin Soderling also won. Bjorkman beat Italy's Filippo Volandri 6-3, 7-6 (5), and Soderling topped France's Sebastien Grosjean 6-3, 6-3.