WTA Bogota: Francesca Schiavone among seeds safely over first hurdle
Former French Open champion Francesca Schiavone came from behind to reach the second round of the Copa Claro Colsanitas.
Last Updated: 20/02/13 9:47am
Schiavone, the fourth seed at the event in Bogota, came from behind to beat Canadian qualifier Sharon Fichman 4-6 6-4 6-4, while two-time winner Dominguez Lino overcame wild card Colombian favourite Catalina Castano 3-6 6-2 6-1.
In the last match played on the night, 2005 champion Pennetta battled past Russian Alexandra Panova 4-6 6-3 6-3.
Defending champion Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino of Spain held off another Colombian wild card Yuliana Lizarazo 6-2 1-6 6-3.
In other results on the day, Timea Babos of Hungary outlasted Spanish qualifier Beatriz Garcia Vidagany 6-4 1-6 7-6 (7-4), Brazilian qualifier Teliana Pereira ousted Austrian Yvonne Meusburger 6-3 6-3, Italian Karin Knapp crushed Czech Eva Birnerova 6-1 6-1 and Romanian Alexandra Cadantu had too much power for Portuguese Maria Joao Koehler, winning 6-0 6-3.
The only upsets on the day occurred when sixth- seeded Dutchwoman Arantxa Rus was shocked by when Spaniard Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor 6-4 6-3 and seventh-seeded Frenchwoman Pauline Parmentier was dumped out 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 by Croatian qualifier Tereza Mrdeza.