Fifth-seeded Peng Shuai of China became the first player to reach the quarter-finals of the WTA’s Pattaya Open with a second round 7-6 (7-4) 6-0 victory over Galina Voskoboeva of Kazakhstan yesterday.
Peng took some time to come to grips with her opponent’s game but found momentum in the latter part of the match.
“I’ve never played her so the first set was a bit tough for me,” Peng said. “After 6-6 I fought hard to win the tie-break and in the second set I knew her game and hit harder.”
In another second round clash Vera Dushevina of Russia beat fourth seeded Austrian Sybille Bammer 6-4, 7-5.
In first round action, eighth-seeded Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia survived a tough challenge from 38-year-old Kimiko Date Krumm of Japan to emerge with a 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 win.
Date-Krumm, who came back on the tour after a 12-year retirement, appeared to have leg problems in the final set, and was seen in tears after the match.
No. 2 seed Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark made short work of Taiwan’s Chan Yung-jan on Tuesday, winning their first round match 6-3, 6-0.
ADDITIONAL REPORTING BY STAFF WRITER