Fri, Nov 08, 2013 - Page 20 News List

Wickmayer through to third round in Taipei

By Tony Phillips  /  Staff writer

Russia’s Ekaterina Bychkova hits a return in her match against Olga Solovyeva during the OEC Taipei WTA Challenger yesterday.

Photo: Wang Min-wei, Taipei Times

Belgium’s Yanina Wickmayer beat Olga Govortsova of Belarus yesterday to become the only seeded player to reach the third round of the singles at the OEC Taipei WTA Challenger. The No. 2 seed downed her 95th-ranked opponent 6-3, 6-4 at the Taipei Arena to set up a match against China’s Zheng Saisai, who beat Anna Schmiedlova of Slovakia on Wednesday.

Earlier yesterday, Japan’s Misaki Doi became the latest seeded player to crash out of the tournament when she lost to Dinah Pfizenmaier of Germany. The world No. 98 beat the Japanese No. 7 seed 6-4, 5-7, 6-0.

Meanwhile, Ekaterina Bychkova won the battle of the Russian qualifiers, defeating Valeria Solovyeva, the world No. 254, 6-4, 7-6 (9-7). Solovyeva, 21, had beaten top seed Kimiko Date-Krumm the previous day.

Croatia’s Petra Martic beat Anna-Lena Friedsam of Germany 6-4, 6-0, while Katarzyna Piter of Poland claimed her match against Russia’s Daria Gavrilova when the world No. 144 and former world junior No. 1 retired from their contest with the scores level at 6-6 in the first set.

Luksika Kumkhum, the world No. 114 from Thailand, defeated Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 6-3.

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