PATTAYA, Thailand -- Top-seeded Vera Zvonareva of Russia lost in the first round of the Pattaya Women's Open on Tuesday, routed 6-1, 6-3 by Paola Suarez of Argentina.
Suarez, a No. 1 doubles player in 2002 who was ranked No. 9 in
singles in 2004, avenged a first-round loss to Zvonareva last month
in New Zealand. Suarez was slowed by injuries much of last year and
this was her second match since a hip operation.
Suarez, now ranked No. 319, was consistent from the baseline
against Zvonareva. The No. 33-ranked Russian made many errors and
tossed her racket in frustration.
"I served well in the first set, but the second set was a bit
tough because I couldn't get my serves in and she broke me twice,"
Suarez said. "But she didn't play well today."
Also eliminated was sixth-seeded Zheng Jie of China, who lost to Melinda Czink of Hungary 6-0, 6-2. Third-seeded Catalina Castano of
Colombia beat Anastassia Rodionova of Russia 3-6, 6-2, 6-2, and
eighth-seeded Mara Santangelo of Italy defeated Vania King of the
United States 6-3, 6-1.
Zheng and Zi Yan were Australian Open doubles champions. Zi was ousted in the first round of this tournament on Monday.