Pratt upsets Kirilenko at Pattaya Open

Updated: 22 March 2007 06:37 IST

Unseeded Nicole Pratt of Australia staged a stunning first round upset of second-seeded Maria Kirilenko, defeating her Russian opponent.

Pratt upsets Kirilenko at Pattaya Open

Bangkok:

Unseeded Nicole Pratt of Australia staged a stunning first round upset of second-seeded Maria Kirilenko, defeating her Russian opponent 7-6 (1), 2-6, 7-5 on the second day of play at the US$170,000 (a‚¬131,500) Pattaya Women's Open. The 33-year-old Australian demonstrated fine stamina by winning the 2-1/2 hour match, which was interrupted for almost two hours by unseasonal rain. "It was a good effort. I played well the whole match. I lost concentration in the second set and came back from a breakdown in the third set. I just waited for my shots and kept fighting, said Pratt. Sybille Bammer of Austria produced the other upset of the day by beating seventh-seeded Russian Vasilisa Bardina 6-1, 6-4. Other contentions Japan's eighth-seeded Aiko Nakamura shrugged off a slow start to down Thai qualifier Noppawan Lertcheewakarn 3-6, 6-3, 6-1. Sixth-seeded Gisela Dulko of Argentina also advanced after routing Sun Tian-tian of China 6-4, 6-1. Alla Kudryavtseva of Russia also came back from a set down to beat Meng Yuan of China 1-6, 6-1, 6-3. In other first round play, Israeli Tzipora Obziler beat Yuliana Fedak of Ukraine 6-2, 6-2, and Romina Oprandi of Italy beat Olga Savchuk of Ukraine 3-6, 6-4, 7-5. In late matches, Vania King of the United States beat Croatia's Jelena Kostanic Tosic 6-1, 6-3, and Martina Sucha of Slovakia defeated Slovenia's Andreja Klepac, 7-5, 6-3.

Topics : Tennis Australia
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