The Pattaya Open has been handed a big blow following the withdrawal of its top two players. Top seed Sabrine Liscki pulled out of the tournament with a right shoulder injury. Liscki did play in the first round in which she battled past Donna Vekic in a close three set match. Joining Liscki on the injury list is Svetlana Kuznetsova with a left hip injury. Kuznetsova also participated in the first round and enjoyed a straight sets win over Ajla Tomljanović. There was also disappointment for 6th seed Garbiñe Muguruza who recently reached the fourth round of the Australian Open. Facing Japanese legend Kimiko Date Krumm, Muguruza was edged out in three extremely close sets (67 75 76). Finally the only other seeded player go out in the first round was Bethanie Mattek-Sands. Mattek-Sands suffered a comprehensive 62 64 defeat to the hands of Czech Republic's Karolína Plíšková.
Over in France at the Open GDF Suez there is yet to be a surprise loss but it is still in very early stages. Maria Sharapova will now know who she will be facing in the second round. Daniela Hantuchova eased her way to the sharapova showdown after her opponent Marina Erakovic retired injured while trailing a set and 0-3 down. This will now be the 11th occasion the two has meet and Hantuchova hasn't beaten Sharapova since Tokyo in 2004. 7th seed Carla Suárez Navarro began her campaign well with a comftuable 61 64 victory over Johanna Larsson. Suarez Navarro will face Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova after the Russian's victory yesterday. Andrea Petkovic set uo a potential second round encounter with Simona Halep after her relatively easy 62 63 win over Bojana Jovanovski. Finally the french crowd was given something to cheer about when Alizé Cornet battled to a 63 57 62 win over Magdaléna Rybáriková. Cornet will need as much home support as possible in her upcoming second round match against 2nd seed Petra Kvitkova.
Some other news stories
- Stanislas Wawrinka is now the quickest riser with the top 10 on the ATP rankings for ten years!
- Juan Martin Del Potro is to seek medical treatment for a wrist injury.
- Former world number 9 Paradorn Srichaphan joins the expanding list of ex-tennis players going in to politics.
- Finally here is a video of the new Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka returning home:-Paradorn Srichapha