Koukalova advances in Palermo

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:07 IST

Klara Koukalova of the Czech Republic overcame Darija Jurak of Croatia 7-5, 2-6, 6-4 in the first round of the Palermo Tournament.

Koukalova advances in Palermo

Palermo:

Top-seeded Klara Koukalova of the Czech Republic overcame Darija Jurak of Croatia 7-5, 2-6, 6-4 in the first round of the USD 110,000 Palermo International Tournament. Coming off a second-round loss at Wimbledon, Koukalova will next face Henrieta Nagyova of Slovakia on the red clay courts of the Palermo Country Club. Nagyova, who won the tournament in 2000, moved on after Stephanie Cohen-Aloro of France retired with a knee problem while trailing at 6-3, 2-1. Series of upsetsIn a series of upsets, a trio of highly ranked players were knocked from the tournament - seventh-seeded Melinda Czink of Hungary, sixth-seeded Lubomira Kurhajcova of Slovakia, and Rita Grande of Italy. Anna-Lena Gronefeld of Germany beat Czink 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, while Antonella Serra Zanetti of Italy upset Kurhajcova 7-5, 3-6, 6-2 and qualifier Delia Sescioreanu of Romania defeated Grande 6-3, 6-3. Later, fifth-seeded Flavia Pennetta of Italy topped Mervana Jugic-Salkic of Bosnia-Herzegovina 7-6 (7/1), 7-5, and eighth-seeded Ludmila Cervanova of Slovakia beat Sandrine Testud of France 6-4, 7-6 (7/2) In other matches: Conchita Martinez Granados of Spain defeated Giulia Casoni Italy 6-3, 6-0 and Marta Domachowska of Poland beat Anastasia Yakimova of Belarus 6-1, 6-4.Yuliana Fedak of Ukraine topped Severine Beltrame of France 6-1, 6-1; Emmanuelle Gagliardi of Switzerland eliminated Nuria Llagostera Vives of Spain 6-4, 4-6, 6-3; and Roberta Vinci of Italy beat Julia Schruff of Germany 6-3, 6-3. (AP)



Topics : Tennis
Related Articles
Roger Federer, Serena Williams Feel Cash Crunch, Out Of IPTL
Roger Federer, Serena Williams Feel Cash Crunch, Out Of IPTL
IPTL: UAE Royals Beat Indian Aces 30-20 to Top Japan Leg
IPTL: UAE Royals Beat Indian Aces 30-20 to Top Japan Leg
Anand Amritraj Gets Support From India's Davis Cup Team
Anand Amritraj Gets Support From India's Davis Cup Team
Show Comments
Advertisement