Qualifier Zarina Diyas stunned eighth seed Kristyna Pliskova in three sets to reach the second round of the BMW Malaysian Open yesterday.
Pliskova of the Czech Republic is the second seed to fall, joining sixth seed Donna Vekic of Croatia, who lost in the opening round on Tuesday.
Third seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia also came close to crashing out, but managed to keep her nerves to edge out compatriot Vera Dushevina 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (8-6) in the rain-interrupted match.
“It is never easy to play a delayed match. I was ready to finish the match yesterday but the weather was not kind enough,” Pavlyuchenkova said about the game, which started on Tuesday before heavy rain forced the players to stop.
“To play under these conditions is a big test and I am happy that I pulled through. I kept calm after losing my serve at a vital point and my aggressive approach helped me a lot as she [Dushevina] was looking uncomfortable,” said Pavlyuchenkova, who is to meet Uzbekistan’s Akgul Amanmuradova next.
Amanmuradova only completed her qualifying match against Ana Savic of Croatia early yesterday to win 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (13-11). The match was tied at 6-6 in the third when play was stopped late on Tuesday because of rain.
After a short rest yesterday, Amanmuradova returned to the court and defeated Taiwan’s Chang Kai-chen 6-1, 6-3.
Meanwhile, fourth seed Ayumi Morita of Japan outclassed Turkey’s Cagla Buyukakcay 6-1, 6-1.
The singles match between Taiwan’s No. 2 seed Hsieh Su-wei and Kurumi Nara of Japan was postponed yesterday because of heavy rain, as was the doubles match pitting Taiwan’s Chang and Shuko Aoyama of Japan against Alberta Brianti of Italy and Andreja Klepac of Slovenia.
In other doubles matches, Taiwan’s Chan Hao-ching and Irina Buryachok of the Ukraine defeated Malaysia’s Yus Syazlin Nabila and Theiviya Selvarajoo 6-1, 6-1.
Taiwan’s Hsieh Shu-ying and Kao Shao-yuan lost 1-6, 1-6 against Marta Domachowska and Alicja Rosolska of Poland.
Additional reporting by staff writer