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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.

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.

From Zee News

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