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Four more seeds knocked out of DFS Classic

Four more seeds knocked out of DFS Classic

Four seeded players went out of Wimbledon warmup DFS Classic on Tuesday.
In the second round, fourth-seeded Sybille Bammer lost to British wild card Melanie South 6-3, 7-5, while No. 9 Tamira Paszek of Austria and 13th-seeded Aravane Rezai also lost. No. 16 Anastasia Rodionova was defeated in the first round.
Six seeds have now been knocked out _ 10th-seeded Akgul Amanmuradova and 14th-seeded Jill Craybas lost on Monday_ in a tournament hit by the high-profile withdrawals of second-ranked Maria Sharapova, defending champion Jelena Jankovic and French Open finalist Dinara Safina.
Tamarine Tanasugarn of Thailand easily beat Paszek 6-1, 6-0, and Rezai lost to Bethanie Mattek of the United States 6-1, 6-4. Camille Pin of France beat Rodionova 7-5, 7-6 (2).
With one of the highest ball tosses on the tour, Bammer struggled with her serve in a steady breeze, and failed to take advantage with South trailing love-40 on her serve at 3-3 in the first set.
Bammer had a 3-1 lead in the second set but the Austrian, despite dominating ground stroke exchanges, made too many unforced errors in trying to end rallies.
South closed out the match after a tense second set which saw four successive breaks of serve.
"I kept looking forward, and fought hard. I really want to win this," said South, who afterward learnt she had been given a Wimbledon wild card.
There were impressive wins for Virginia Ruano Pascual and Michaela Krajicek, the teenage sister of former Wimbledon champion Richard Kajicek.
Pascual, who at 34 is the tournament's oldest player, outlasted Milagros Sequera of Venezuela 6-3, 6-7 (3), 6-1 in the first round, and the eighth-seeded Krajicek outplayed Belarus qualifier Tatiana Poutchek 6-2, 6-1 in the second.
Top-seeded Marion Bartoli, last year's Wimbledon finalist, faces Petra Cetkovska on Wednesday, and second-seeded Nicole Vaidisova takes on Nathalie Dechy.


Updated : 2021-01-28 11:29 GMT+08:00