Top seed Zvonareva loses in Pattaya Women's Open

Updated: February 7, 2006, 9:00 AM ET
Associated Press

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.


Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press

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