Gajdosova, Dellacqua score upset victories
UPDATE 9:30pm: Jarmila Gajdosova and Casey Dellacqua have scored magnificent upset victories at the WTA Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo.
Jarmila Gajdosova has come out on top of a titanic struggle with Daniela Hantuchova to advance to the second round of the WTA Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo.
Later on Tuesday, fellow Aussie Casey Dellacqua scored an excellent three-set victory over 24th-ranked Sabine Lisicki.
Lisicki, a Wimbledon finalist last year, arrived in Tokyo having won the previous week’s WTA event in Hong Kong, yet she was no match for the steady Aussie; Dellacqua ran out a 6-7(5) 7-5 6-2 winner.
The victory sees Dellacqua move through to face Marina Erakovic in the second round, after the Kiwi upset No.5 seed Sara Errani.
Gajdosova, meanwhile, recorded a 6-2 5-7 7-5 victory in two hours and 25 minutes, setting up a second round match with recent US Open finalist Caroline Wozniacki.
Gajdosova has now posted four straight wins at the US$1,000,000 event after coming through three rounds of qualifying.
“She’s a great player, has had a great career, she’s been much higher than I’ve ever been,” Gajdosova said of the former world No.5 Hantuchova.
“It was a great match and I’m happy to be through.”
Gajdosova, herself a former world No.25, finished the match with 43 winners to Hantuchova’s 36 and won 10 of 12 points at net; the Slovak came undone with 14 double faults.