Evgeniya Rodina trumps Kurumi Nara in second Pattaya upset

Russia`s Evgeniya Rodina comfortably dispatched Japan`s Kurumi Nara in another surprise upset at Pattaya Thursday to make it through to the third round of the WTA tournament.

AFP| Updated: Feb 12, 2015, 19:51 PM IST
Evgeniya Rodina trumps Kurumi Nara in second Pattaya upset

Bangkok: Russia`s Evgeniya Rodina comfortably dispatched Japan`s Kurumi Nara in another surprise upset at Pattaya Thursday to make it through to the third round of the WTA tournament.

Right-handed Rodina, ranked 109 in the world, saw off fourth seed Nara 6-2, 6-4 in a little over an hour at the popular Thai seaside resort.

A day earlier China`s top ranked player Peng Shuai tumbled out of the tournament to Japan`s unfancied Misaki Doi in a three set loss.

China`s Lin Zhu was forced to pull out of her second round match Thursday against compatriot Ying-Ying Duan. At the time Lin had just lost the first set 6-1.

Russia`s Daniela Hantuchova also saw off China`s Saisai Zheng 7-6, 6-2.

The Russians have so far made a strong showing at Pattaya. Rodina and Hantuchova will join fellow Russian and two-time Grand Slam finalist Vera Zvonareva in the third round.

The 30-year-old Zvonareva is on something of a comeback trail, after injury and poor form saw her drop from a top-ten career high in 2010 to a current WTA ranking of 189th in the world, 80 places behind Rodina.