Go­erges, Van­deweghe scalp seeds on day one

The Pak Banker - - MARKETS/SPORTS -

Two Amer­i­cans and a cou­ple of French­women and Ger­mans each were among those ad­vanc­ing to the se­cond round of the Dubai Duty Free Women's Open that got un­der way at the Dubai Ten­nis Sta­dium on late Mon­day.

Among the early ca­su­al­ties was last year's run­ner-up and sixth seed Karolina Pliskova - handed a wild card here this year - along with for­mer top-10 player Eka­te­rina Makarova.

Pliskova went down in straight sets 7-6 (5), 6-1 against a clin­i­cal CoCo Van­deweghe in the last match on cen­tre court af­ter fel­low Amer­i­can Madi­son Bren­gle had se­cured a 6-4, 7-5 win against Makarova in the open­ing game of the tour­na­ment.

Ger­many's An­drea Petkovic was quick and clever in her 6-2, 6-1 win over Ital­ian Camila Giorgi in just 63 min­utes, while Ju­lia Go­erges barely al­lowed Rus­sian vet­eran and eighth seed Svet­lana Kuznetsova to set­tle in as she breezed through 6-0, 6-1 in just 55 min­utes.

The French also tasted a cou­ple of suc­cesses with Kristina Mlade­n­ovic and Caro­line Gar­cia through to the next round. Mlade­n­ovic de­feated Le­sia Tsurenko from the Ukraine 6-2, 7-6 and fel­low French­woman Gar­cia eas­ily got the bet­ter of Anna Karolina Sch­miedlova from Slo­vakia 6-4, 6-1.

In se­cond round ac­tion on Wed­nes­day, Bren­gle will now run into for­mer two-time Wim­ble­don cham­pion and fourth seed Pe­tra Kvi­tova, while Van­deweghe will be up against Mlade­n­ovic. In the up­per half of the draw, Go­erges will face the win­ner of the first round match be­tween Barbora Strycova and Tsve­tana Pironkova, one of the four qual­i­fiers com­ing through ear­lier on Mon­day.

Petkovic will await the win­ner of the match be­tween for­mer world num­ber one and mul­ti­ple semi-fi­nal­ist in Dubai, Je­lena Jankovic and Swiss sen­sa­tion Belinda Ben­cic.

"I went out there and not bank­ing on be­cause I won at Wim­ble­don that I'm go­ing to win to­day or that she won, I think it was Mi­ami she won, that she's gonna win to­day. So just went out there, fo­cused on the game plan and fo­cused on my­self and just went out there and played and had fun," Van­deweghe told me­dia af­ter her up­set win. "You have to play round by round. To­day my only fo­cus was play­ing Karolina.

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