BANGKOK, Thailand -- Third seed Shahar Peer of Israel came
back from a first-set tiebreak to beat Melinda Czink of Hungary 7-6
(3), 6-4 Tuesday in a first round match at the Bangkok Open.
Peer recovered from set point at 4-5 to pull off the match
against the left-handed Hungarian after 1 hour, 39 minutes in front
of a small but enthusiastic crowd.
"I was not playing my best tennis. In the first set I didn't
hit the ball on the court and she was playing well the whole
match," said the 20-year-old Peer, who sometimes performs
obligatory military service at home when not on the tennis circuit.
Peer, who reached the quarterfinal here in 2005, will play the
next round against Anastasia Rodionova of Russia, who beat
qualifier Akgul Amanmuradova of Uzbekistan 6-4, 6-3 in 1 hour, 30
In other first-round play, Klara Zakopalova of the Czech
Republic upset sixth seed Aiko Nakamura of Japan 6-4, 7-6 (5) in 1
hour, 52 minutes, and seventh seed Flavia Pennetta of Italy cruised
through to the second round with an easy 6-0, 6-2 win over Noppawan
Lertcheewakarn of Thailand, who entered as a wild card.
In late opening round matches, fifth seed Dominika Cibulkova of
Slovakia beat Maria Emilia Slerni of Argentina 6-2, 4-6, 6-2, Olga
Poutchkova of Russia beat Anne Kremer of Luxembourg 6-3, 4-6, 6-2,
and Tamarine Tanasugarn of Thailand, ahead 7-5, 3-1 in her match
with Edina Gallovits of Romania, won the match when the European
retired due to illness from the heat.
Fourth seed Virginie Razzano of France defeated Lourdes
Dominiguez Lino of Spain 6-0, 6-3 in just 63 minutes.
Top seed Jelena Jankovic, the world No. 3. and second seed Venus
Williams are due to play their first round matches on Wednesday,
after Jankovic's arrival in Bangkok was delayed by a missed flight.