Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Birthday girl Jarka wins Estroli opener.
Gajdosova, ranked No.31 and celebrating her 24th birthday, cracked the match open midway through the first set with some hard hitting, firing eight aces in the match and cracking winners off both wings. The second set took 27 minutes.
The other seeds had mixed results. No.3 seed Klara Zakopalova fought from 1-4 in the second set to beat Spanish qualifier Beatriz García Vidagany, 6-4 7-6(3), while No.8 seed Greta Arn was also tested, going to three sets to get past Portuguese wildcard Maria Joao Koehler, 6-2 3-6 6-3. But No.4 seed and defending champion Anastasija Sevastova wasn't so fortunate, serving for the match at 7-5 6-5 but ultimately falling to Urszula Radwanska, 5-7 7-6(5) 6-1.
"I really like it here, it's a nice tournament, but I didn't play so well today," a disappointed Sevastova commented. "It's my mistake, it's my problem."
Anabel Medina Garrigues, Kristina Barrois and Anastasiya Yakimova also won as the first round wrapped up at the International-level tournament.