Poojashri qualifies for second round of Women’s ITFDecember 23rd, 2008 - 11:06 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Dec 23 (IANS) Poojashree Venkatesha was the only Indian Tuesday to qualify for the second round as her compatriots Shalini Sahoo and Parul Goswami lost their first-round matches in the $50,000 Women’s ITF tournament at the Delhi Lawn Tennis Association (DLTA). Poojashree, a wild card holder, found it easy against Chinese Shaozhuo Liu with a 6-2, 6-4 win in the first round while Shalini and Parul went down in straight sets.
Shalini, the only Indian qualifier to make the main draw, went down 3-6, 0-6 to Emily Webly-Smith of England while Parul, also a wild card holder, lost 1-6, 4-6 to Serbian Bojana Jovanovski.
But the biggest upset of the day was second seed Estonian Margit Ruutel losing 6-4, 4-6, 4-6 to Megan Moulton-Levy of the US.
Except Margit, there were no other upsets for the top seeds as Masa Zec-Peskiric of Slovakia, seeded first, won 6-2, 6-2 against Laura Siegemund of England.
Third seed Sandra Zahlavova won 6-3, 6-4 against Japanese Anastasia Malhotra while fourth seed Anna Gerasimou of Greece defeated Russian Marina Melnikova 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-4.