Hantuchova crashes in LA
It was a bad day at the office for Daniela Hantuchova as her return from a recent foot injury was cut short.
World No.12 Daniela Hantuchova was dumped out of the East West Bank Classic in round two on Tuesday.
The 25-year-old sixth seed went down 6-2, 6-4 against Belarussian Olga Govortsova.
Hantuchova is making her back after a foot injury and says theres a lot of hard work to be done.
“I guess it’s going to be a long way back, Hantuchova said. “I’m struggling to find my rhythm and it was a bad performance.”
There were no problems for the other star on show on day two of the Los Angeles tier 2 event, though.
Third seed Anna Chakvetadze looked confident as she brushed aside Pole Marta Domachowska 6-1, 6-1 in her second round contest.
Canadas Aleksandra Wozniak, who won last weeks Stanford event in California, came back to earth with a bump as she lost 6-1, 6-0 to Italys 10th seed Flavia Pennetta in round one.
“She played solid and was fresh and I didn’t have concentration and felt exhausted, Wozniak said. I was missing energy.”
Another three seeds also came through first round matches on Tuesday Russian Nadia Petrova, Czech Nicole Vaidisova and Slovak Dominika Cibulkova.
Ninth seeded Petrova beat Russian qualifier Alina Jidkova 6-0, 6-4, Vaidisova hit back to beat Japans Ayumi Morita 6-7, 6-3, 6-1 while Cibulkova outgunned Romanian Monica Niculescu 6-4, 6-3.
Off court, the event was hit by the news that Serena Williams has withdrawn from the tournament with a knee injury a day before she was due to open her campaign.
Meanwhile at this weeks other Sony Ericsson WTA event taking place in Portoroz, Slovenia there were wins for the top two seeds Maria Kirilenko and Katarina Srebotnik.
Kirilenko thrashed Croatian qualifier Nika Ozegovic 6-1, 6-1 and Srebotnik crushed another Croat, Sanda Mamic, 6-2, 6-2.
Frenchwoman Camille Pin caused the only upset of the day as she beat sixth seeded Kiwi Marina Erakovic 7-5, 5-7, 6-3.