Vaidisova looks ahead to greater conquests
Saturday 12 March 2005
Nicole Vaidisova of the Czech Republic led a parade of teenagers into the second round of the Pacific Life Open WTA tournament in Indian Wells, Calfornia, on Thursday night.
The 15-year-old beat the American Mashona Washington 7-6, 6-4, and will now play the 11th seed Karolina Sprem of Croatia. "It was a pretty good effort for a first-round match," said Vaidisova. "I was happy to pull out the tie-break. She plays very quickly and I had to get used to her rhythm."
Vaidisova, now the world No 63 has shot up the rankings since winning her first tournament in Vancouver last August. "Last year I proved I can play on the pro tour," she said. "This year I need to take another step and start beating the big players. It's just a matter of time."
Sesil Karatantcheva of Bulgaria, also 15, progressed with a 6-7, 6-0, 6-2, victory over Germany's Marlene Weingartner while the 16-year-old American wild card Jessica Kirkland saved a match point before overcoming the Russian Galina Voskoboeva 6-2, 0-6, 7-6.
American Angela Haynes knocked out Mara Santangelo of Italy 6-4, 6-4.
- 1 Scottish referendum: So how about the English now being given a chance to split from England?
- 2 Friends 20th anniversary: Alison Jackson photographs reunited cast
- 5 Free U2 album: How the most generous giveaway in music history turned into a PR disaster
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
Scottish referendum results: Cross-party consensus collapses amid Tory-Labour spat on the 'English question'
Scottish independence: David Cameron is becoming the 'George Bush of Britain'
Russia freezes Ukraine into submission: Kiev admits country doesn't have enough fuel for winter
Archbishop of Canterbury admits doubts about existence of God
Portuguese academic says British are 'filthy, violent and drunk'