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Unseeded Akgul pips defending champion

Bangalore, Mar 3 (UNI) Defending Champion Yaroslava Shvedova of Russia was shown the exit door of the US 600,000 dollars WTA Bangalore Open by unseeded Akgul Amanmuradova of Uzbekistan here today, while sixth seed Sybille Bammer of Austria sailed into the second round.

In a battle that lasted for more than 90 minutes, Shvedova went down to Akgul 3-6, 6-3, 3-6.

Unseeded Shvedova, who trains at the Academy Ceteval in Valencia, Spain, was the winner in the event last year. Akgul's barrage of forehands proved too much for the defending champion and the Uzbeks three aces brooked no answer.

An unsettled game resulted in Shvedova loosing the first set (3-6), but succeeded in the second set with more disciplined game.

But well built Akgul, ranked 95th on WTA list came back strongly to win the match.

In the doubles, top seeded Taipei pair Yung-Jan Chan and Chia-Jung Chuang, proved their seeding by defeating Switzerland pair Emmanuelle Gagliardi and Patty Schnyder 6-3, 5-7, 10-6 to enter quarter finals, while third seed China pair Shuai Peng and Tiantian Sun entered the group of last 16 defeating Russian pair Vesna Manasieva and Vera Zvonareva in straight sets 6-3, 6-4.


Story first published: Monday, March 3, 2008, 22:34 [IST]
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