Poutchek shows 5th seed Kudryavetseva the door in first upset

Kolkata, Sep 18 (UNI) In an ill-tempered encounter, Belarusian girl Tatiana Poutchek pulled off the first upset of the tournament, wearing down fifth seed Russian Alla Kudryavtseva 6-3, 6-3 on Day Two of the Sunfeast Open here today.

Poutchek had always performed well against the Russian. The duo had met in Lebanon last year and the Belarusian, who has three ITF Circuit crowns to her credit, had won 6-2, 6-3 on clay. The two players has a 23-23 win-loss record this year.

From the very first game of the opening set, Poutchek and Kudryavtseva started firing strokes from the baseline. Neither showed any inclination to come up and very soon it became a waiting game.

Kudryavtseva blinked first and in the fourth game, Poutchek broke her to go 3-1 up. She soon made it 4-1.

However, the Belarusian looked a little overcharged banging the racket -- once in frustration and second time when a call went against her. The world No. 100 held her serves to clinch the first set 6-3.

It was not as if Poutchek's game showed a turn for the better, but Kudryavtseva, who possesses more shots in her armoury, started spraying them. The Belarusian, who lost in the second round of Bangalore Open to Sania Mirza this year, got an early break in the second set.

When she held the following game, it seemed all over for the 67-ranked Russian.

From 0-2 down, Kudryavtseva showed a brief resurgence and got the break back after holding serve to make it 2-2. From then on, the players exchanged breaks till the seventh game.

It was Poutchek all the way from then on as she took the match in an hour and 29 minutes.

Second day's opener saw Uzbekistan's Akgul Amanmuradova move into the second round after Edina Gallovits of Romania withdrew a set down into the match with a left thigh sprain.

The 107th-ranked Uzbek had clinched the first set 6-2 and looking good despite her limited off-court movements. Before the second set got underway, Gallovits, ranked 76th on the WTA rankings list, called for a trainer. After a brief discussion, she opted out.

The day's other singles encounter between Anastasia Rodionova and Hana Sromova ended with the 94-ranked Russian winning 6-3, 6-2.

Czech girl Sromova, who came into the tournament as the last direct replacement for the injured Thai Tamarina Tanasugarn, was never really in control. This would be her 20th singles loss this year.

Swedish Sofia Arvidsson fought off some late resistance from Italian Alberta Brianti to take her first match 6-2, 7-5. Sofia was all power from the baseline with an array of shots to which the Italian had no answer.


Story first published: Wednesday, September 19, 2007, 19:46 [IST]
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