Tanasugarn an upset winner in Thailand

Feb. 5, 2008 at 11:22 AM
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PATTAYA, Thailand, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- Local favorite Tamarine Tanasugarn and Ekaterina Bychkova won first-round upsets Tuesday at the $170,000 Pattaya Women's Open tennis tournament in Thailand.

With Monday's opening day action rained out, Tuesday saw eight first-round matches on the hard courts at the Dusit Resort.

Tanasugarn roared past eighth-seeded Anastassia Rodionova, 6-2, 6-, to the delight of her countrymen. Another first-round upset saw No. 6-seeded Yaroslava Shvedova dropping a 3-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 decision to Bychkova.

Fifth-seeded Angelique Kerber and No. 7-seeded Jill Craybas, who were to have played Monday, escaped the upset bug Tuesday. Kerber was solid in a 6-3, 7-5 win over Meng Yung and Craybas routed Olga Savchuk, 6-1, 6-1.

Other winners Tuesday were Olga Poutchkova, Akgul Amanmuradova, Lilia Osterloh and Renata Voracova.

The tournament continues through the week with the winner of Sunday's finals collecting $25,650.

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