PATTAYA, Thailand -- Maria Elena Camerin of Italy pulled off
a first-round upset Monday, defeating second-seeded Shinobu Asagoe
of Japan 6-3, 6-2 at the Pattaya Women's Open.
Camerin, ranked 95th in the world, played on the 2004 Italian
Olympic team. Asagoe, a winner of seven WTA doubles titles, is
Other seeds fared better in first-round play.
Fourth-seeded Shahar Peer of Israel defeated Kim So-jung of
South Korea 6-2, 6-4. Peer used her solid baseline game to defeat
So-jung in 74 minutes. Peer will meet Maria Sanchez Lorenzo of
Spain, who beat Tamarine Tanasugarn of Thailand 3-6, 6-4, 6-2.
In other matches, seventh-seeded Aiko Nakamura of Japan
outlasted Kaia Kanepi of Estonia 6-7 (8), 6-3, 6-3. Lourdes
Dominguez Lino of Spain defeated Alona Bondarenko of Ukraine 6-4,
6-3, while Emma Laine of Finland defeated Zi Yan of China 6-1, 3-6,
Fifth-seeded Nuria Llagostera Vives of Spain routed Rika
Fujiwara of Japan 6-1, 6-2.
On Tuesday, top-seeded Vera Zvonareva of Russia will face
wild-card Paola Suarez of Argentina. Henrieta Nagyova of Slovakia,
a winner here in 1997 and 2003, will face Ekaterina Bychkova of
Australian Samantha Stosur, coming off a doubles title Sunday at
the Pan Pacific Open, withdrew from the tournament with a sprained
right toe. Anastassia Rodionova of Russia moved into the main draw
as a lucky loser against third-seeded Catalina Castano of Colombia.