Top-seeded Petrova advances in Ponte Vedra

Updated: 08 April 2009 09:18 IST

Top-seeded Nadia Petrova breezed through her first round match with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Olga Govortsova of Belarus at The MPS Group Championships.

Top-seeded Petrova advances in Ponte Vedra

Ponte Vedra Beach (Florida):

Top-seeded Nadia Petrova breezed through her first round match with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Olga Govortsova of Belarus at The MPS Group Championships.

The 10th-ranked Petrova was ahead 4-2 in the second set on Tuesday, with wind gusting to 30 mph, when Govortsova broke and held to tie it at 4-4.

Petrova, who won 76 per cent of her first-serve points, took a 5-4 lead in a game with five deuces. She added one of her four aces in the final game.

"It is really rare for it to get that windy," Petrova said. "It was difficult, very difficult. The tennis you play in this kind of condition is to put more balls in the court. It is pretty difficult to play great, beautiful tennis. You have to keep it very simple and very smart."

Second-seeded and 12th-ranked Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark held off Australia's Samantha Stosur 6-3, 6-7(4), 6-1, and American Bethanie Mattek-Sands beat 13th-ranked Marion Bartoli of France, 5-7, 7-6(4), 6-3.

Wozniacki said she went on the defensive in the second set which let Stosur back in the match. She found her game again in the third.

"I decided that even if I won playing defensively I wouldn't gain anything," she said.

Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia fought off three match points to beat Latvia's Anastasija Sevastova 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (5).

"I don't remember the last time the wind was this bad," Hantuchova said. "Probably this is one of the worst. Like this, when it keeps swirling, it was not possible to serve. I was just serving second serves all match."

Other winners on Tuesday were fifth-seeded Canadian Aleksandra Wozniak, Anastasia Rodionova of Russia, Tamira Paszek of Austria and German Sabine Lisicki.

Fourth-seeded Patty Schnyder of Switzerland and sixth-seeded Shuai Peng of China also lost. Schnyder was beaten by American Varvara Lepchenko, 6-2 6-0 and Peng lost to Elena Vesnina of Russia 2-6, 6-1, 6-3.

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