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13 February 2010 :: 13:02:20 pm 13185

PTT Pattaya Open: Local Star Advances Into the Semi’s

Local heroine Tamarine Tanasugarn advanced from the quarter-finals of the PTT Pattaya Open after defeating spirited young Russian opponent Anna Chakvetadze, in an entertaining match.
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Pattaya, the 12th of February 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: Having progressed to the semi-final for the first time since 2003, Tamarine will now face 32 year-old Sesil Karatantcheva. The other semi-final will be fought out between top-seeded Russian Vera Zvonareva and 4th seeded Kazak Yaroslava Shvedova.

 

Anna Chakvetadze, coming off her first back to back wins since last August, had to contend with the quick starting Tamarine, who seemingly overwhelmed her in the first set winning 6-1. Gaining some composure, she put up more of a fight in the second set before eventually losing out 6-4.   

Defending champion Vera Zvonareva was given a hard-time in her quarter-finals match-up against Austrian Sybille Bammer, eventually coming away with a 6-0, 7-6 (5) win. Zvonareva’s opponent in the semi-final, Yaroslava Shvedova coolly finished off Tatjana Malek after a first set tie-breaker turned into a second set rout. The match finished 7-6(4), 6-1.

  

Given by far the hardest match-up of the day, Kazak Sesil Karatantcheva took nearly 3 hours and 30 minutes to dispose with the hard-working Russian Ekaterina Bychkova, the match finishing 7-5, 4-6, 7-5. The 20 year-old Karatantcheva has reached her first quarter-final on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour. She will now meet local favourite Tamarine Tanasugarn, who beat her in the Australian open first round last month.

Remarkably, Tamarine and her partner Marina Erakovic have also made it into the doubles final after having convincingly beat top-seeds Anastasia and Arina Rodionova, 6-1, 6-4. The other semi-final will be played today between second-seeds Jill Craybas and partner Julia Goerges facing Chakvetadze and Ksenia Pervak.

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Reporter : Harry Roberts   Photo : Internet   Category : Sports News

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