WTA BOGOTA´: Svitolina owerpowered by Panova, Duque-Marino also out

Tennis - World number 16 was defeated by the Russian 7-5 1-6 7-6. Arruabarrena-Vecino and Falconi through to the quarter-finals

by Giovanni Larosa
WTA BOGOTA´: Svitolina owerpowered by Panova, Duque-Marino also out

Surprises keep coming at the Claro Open Colsanitas in Bogot. After Teliana Pereiras elimination, occurred yesterday thanks to qualifier Catalina Pella, the tournament lost also its first seed, Ukrainian Elina Svitolina, defeated by Alexandra Panova 7-5 1-6 7-6.

The match was suspended yesterday due to rain and after a shaky start Svitolina seemed to have everything under control. In the third set, world number 16 went down of a break for two times and was able to recover and lead the game in the latter stages of the match.

She missed two match points in the twelfth game and other three in the tie-break of the third set, where she found herself up 6-3. The Russian not only saved all the match points but was able to turn the match upside down and close it at the first opportunity.

The tournament also saw the elimination of home favourite Mariana Duque-Marino. Third seed was beaten by Amra Sadikovic 3-6 7-6 6-4. The Colombian was up a break in the second set, but lost the tie-break and ended up being defeated in the third, where Sadikovic placed a crucial break in the tenth game.

Sadikovic, who had announced her retirement from tennis in 2014, came back last summer and secured a spot into the second round, where she will be facing Rebecca Peterson. In the other matches of the day easy wins for Lara Arruabarrena Vecino, who needed less than 1 hour to get rid of Anne Schaefer (6-1 6-0) and Irina Falconi, who overcome Sherazad Reix in straight sets (6-3 7-6) as they both qualified for the quarter-finals.

WTA BOGOTA First Round Results: Alexandra Panova (RUS) d. [1] Elina Svitolina (UKR) 7-5 1-6 7-6(6)
Amra Sadikovic (SUI) d. [3] Mariana Duque-Marino (COL) 3-6 7-6(5) 6-4
[7] Lourdes Dominguez Lino (ESP) d. Patricia Maria Tig (ROU) 5-7 6-4 6-4 Second Round Results: Paula Goncalves (BRA) d.

[6] Tatiana Maria (GER) 6-4 6-3
[4] Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino (ESP) d Anne Jr. Schaefer (GER) 6-1 6-0
[5] Irina Falconi (USA) d. Sherazad Reix (FRA) 6-3 7-6(2)
[Q] Catalina Pella (ARG) d. Elitsa Kostova (BUL) 6-3 6-2 Also Read: ATP MONTE CARLO: DJOKOVIC STUNNED. Rafael Nadal and Stanislas Wawrinka reach third round

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