WTA KUALA LUMPUR- Top seed Roberta Vinci stunned in the first round



by TALAL DAR

WTA KUALA LUMPUR- Top seed Roberta Vinci stunned in the first round

Tennis- 3 seeded players were shown exit door at the BMW Malaysian Open WTA Tournament as the top seed Roberta Vinci, Fourth seed Annika Beck and eighth seed Saisai Zheng faced losses whereas second seed Elina Svitolina advaced into the next round.

World No.10 Vinci had won the St. Petersburg title last month but since then her record has not been too impressive as she lost in the first round of Dubai and Quarterfinal of Doha last week. She faced Chinese Taipei's Kai-Chen Chang here, who is 143 ranks below her in the ranking.

Vinci faced some early problems as Chang broke her twice in the first set but Vinci broke back both times. They were level at 5-5 but Vinci used her experience and stepped up at the right moment to take the first set 7-5. But Chang broke her again in the fourth game of the second set to go 3-1 up.

She got one break back but Chang broke her two more times to take the second set 6-2. In the third set Vinci was simply outplayed as Chang broke her twice and took the third set 6-1 to cause the massive upset and earned the biggest win of her life.

She will face World No.128 Cagla Buyukakcay of Turkey next who ousted another higher ranked player World No.79 Laura Siegemund in straight sets 7-5, 6-1. Second seed Elina Svitolina easily booked her spot in the second round as she defeated Miyu Kato of Japan in straight sets 6-1, 6-1 in just 47 minutes.

She will face another Japanese, Risa Ozaki for a place in the Quarterfinals, as the World No.133 brushed aside World No.87 Elizaveta Kulichkova in straight sets 6-0, 6-2. Another qualifier World No.176 Zhaoxuan Yang also pulled off an upset as defeated her compatriot, eighth seed Saisai Zheng in 3 sets 4-6, 6-3, 6-2. Fourth seed Annika Beck had lost in straight sets against Zarina Diyas in Dubai last year and once again Kazakh player defeated the German in straight sets 7-5, 6-3.

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