Tuesday, July 23, 2013 9:12 pm
Hantuchova wins first round match at Stanford
By RICK EYMERAssociated Press
Hantuchova beat Yanina Wickmayer 6-2, 4-6, 6-0 in the first round of the Bank of the West Classic on Tuesday.
"I've played for a long time but not for myself until now," Hantuchova said. "I'm very relaxed, playing for myself and enjoying the pressure. I can see the results on the court."
Even a first-round loss at Wimbledon could not dampen her spirits, acknowledging Klara Zakopalova just played better.
"I had a good two weeks of fitness and training," Hantuchova said. "I felt I played pretty well."
The 46th-ranked Hantuchova, once ranked as high as No. 5, played to the full three sets for the 269th time since 2000.
"Why make it easy when I can make it complicated," she said. "Physically she's very strong and I always enjoy the challenge from her side of the court."
Wickmayer, ranked No. 56, reached the semifinals of last year's Classic. She's 0-6 against Hantuchova.
In other matches, sixth-seeded American Varvana Lepchenko beat qualifier Michelle Larcher de Brito of Portugal 6-2, 6-4; qualifier Coco Vandeweghe, a finalist last year, downed Romania's Monica Niculescu 6-0, 6-3; Austria's Tamira Paszek advanced when Russian qualifier Alla Kudryavtseva retired during the third set, 6-1, 6-7(4), 3-0; and Russian qualifier Vera Dushevina topped New Zealand's Marina Erakovic 6-2, 6-1.
Second-seeded Samantha Stosur is scheduled to play a later match against Olga Govortsova, followed by No. 7 seed Ursula Radwanska against Christina McHale.