Hradecka sent crashing out
Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:41
The eighth seed and world number 69 was horribly out of sorts in Bad Gastein and was comfortably vanquished 6-2 6-2 by Spain’s unheralded 29-year-old Nuria Llagostera Vives.
Elsewhere, the big names all progressed although French top seed Alize Cornet was made to fight before seeing off Colombia’s Mariana Duque Marino, ranked more than 100 places below her, 4-6 7-6 (7/3) 6-4.
Home favourite and third seed Sybille Bammer defeated Nathalie Vierin 7-5 6-4 and fourth-seeded Iveta Benesova had too much for Alexandra Dulgheru in her 7-6 (7/5) 6-3 triumph.
Fellow seeds Magdalena Rybarikova, Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Shahar Peer are also through to round two.
Patricia Mayr, Barbora Zahlavova Strycov, Pauline Parmentier, Yvonne Meusburger and Yaroslava Shvedova were the other victors.
In Tuesday’s final match on Centre Court, lucky loser Tereza Hladikova – who replaced second seed Francesca Schiavone in the main draw after the Italian suffered a back injury – beat Austrian wild card Melanie Klaffner 6-4 2-6 6-4.