ZURICH, Switzerland -- Tatiana Golovin upset seventh-seeded
Nicole Vaidisova 6-2, 6-0 Tuesday in the first round of the Zurich
Open, eliminating the Czech from the race to qualify for the
season-ending WTA Championship.
Sixth-seeded Patty Schnyder lost to Daniela Hantuchova 6-2, 7-5,
damaging her chances of qualifying for the WTA Championship. That
allowed Nadia Petrova of Russia to qualify for the tournament in
Madrid, Spain. Petrova is not playing in Zurich because of a chest
The Zurich Open is the last big event before the tournament in
Spain, and only the top eight players in the WTA Tour rankings
qualify. Vaidisova is 11th.
"Tatiana played great. I had an off day," Vaidisova said.
"Put those together and that's pretty much what happened. Everyone
has their off days."
Golovin proved overpowering. In the two games she did lose, Golovin still had break points.
"I was definitely expecting a tougher match," the Frenchwoman
said. "But from the start I could feel she wasn't in it and I took
advantage of it. I wanted it to be over fast. I wanted to put her
head under water right away."
Schnyder, the 2002 champion, looked out of sorts against
"It's tough to get your rhythm against her with her flat balls
and strong serve," Schnyder said. "I never got a feel for the
court because I only got to practice on it 30 minutes on Sunday
The Slovak will next face doubles partner Ai Sugiyama of Japan,
who downed Marion Bartoli of France 6-3, 4-6, 6-1.
The top three seeded players in Zurich -- Amelie Mauresmo, Maria
Sharapova and Svetlana Kuznetsova -- already have qualified for the
WTA Championship. Fourth-seeded Elena Dementieva also is vying for
Swiss qualifier Timea Bacsinszky upset former French Open
champion Anastasia Myskina 6-3, 6-3. Myskina, who last played at
the U.S. Open, has been sidelined with a foot injury. The Russian
has not won a match since Aug. 12.
Also, eighth-seeded Francesca Schiavone of Italy
defeated Meilen Tu of the United States 6-2, 6-1; Shahar Peer of
Israel beat Alicia Molik of Australia 6-1, 6-2; Maria Kirilenko of
Russia eliminated Emmanuelle Gagliardi of Switzerland 6-4, 7-6 (4);
Jelena Jankovic of Serbia beat Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria 3-6,
6-4, 6-1; and Nathalie Dechy of France downed Jarmila Gajdosova of
Slovakia 6-3, 6-4.