Monday, 28 January 2013

Paris and Pattaya Day 1: Sophomore slump for Hsieh

Pattaya round 1:

Varatchaya Wongteanchai def. Annika Beck 6-3 6-3
Alexandra Panova def. Irina-Camilia Begu 7-6(6) 3-2 ret.
Marina Erakovic def. Hsieh Su-Wei 6-2 6-2
Mathilde Johansson def. Chang Kai-Chen 6-4 6-3

Paris round 1: (so far)

Mona Barthel def. Urszula Radwanska 7-6(1) 6-0

Upset of the day:

Marina Erakovic def. Hsieh Su-Wei 6-2 6-2

She's had her breakout year last year in the lower tier Asian events but Su-Wei seems to be having a sophomore slump. She loses easily to Marina Erakovic in straight sets. Su-Wei thrived on these smaller Asian events and it will be worrying if she is struggling to win matches in these events. It seems that Su-Wei is carrying an injury and it's not clear why she continued playing anyway. Advice to Hsieh: let your injury heal and come back stronger and better. Risking it is not worth it.

Varatchaya Wongteanchai def. Annika Beck 6-3 6-3

Annika Beck looks like a player to watch in the future but she suffers a bad loss here to local wildcard, Wongteanchai. Varatchaya is on a high after winning an ITF event recently and obviously carried her confidence into Pattaya. She must be pumped playing in front of her home crowd. For Beck, this is an experience for her to learn, how to play against a partisan crowd. I'm sure Annika will bounce back and we will hear plenty from her in the near future.

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