Misaki Doi crushes Noppawan Lertcheewakarn to reach the second round – PTT Pattaya Open 2012
Japanese rising star, Misaki Doi, swallowed past the local wild card entrant, Noppawan Lertcheewakarn, with a breadstick at the PTT Pattaya Open 2012 on Tuesday. She penned down a 6-1, 6-3 victory over the Bangkok resident to secure a second round place
at this WTA (Women’s Tennis Association) International event taking place on the hard courts in Pattaya City, Thailand.
The left-handed Japanese stayed firm throughout the match and after breaking her rival’s serve six times, she jolted down a straight set victory in their second meeting. Doi previously took down the Thai in Tokyo two years ago and after earning this success,
she extended the lead in their head-to-head series by 2-0.
Ranked 130th in the WTA Premier Rankings, Doi went berserk in the opening set. With the help from her amazing forehands, she stroke out the opening four games in a row. Regardless of losing her serve in the fifth game, Doi broke the Thai’s serve
again in the very next game and then kept her serve once more to sack a breadstick.
The Japanese kept momentum floating in the following set and got the critical break in the opening game to take the initial lead. Apart from levelling the scores at 2-2, she capitalised on two more break chances and eventually registered a 6-3 win.
Overall, Doi got the upper hand throughout the match. She capitalised on the several unforced errors and seven double faults Lertcheewakarn committed and cashed in six out of 10 break chances. The Japanese also clobbered a better first serve share of 64
percent as opposed to the Thai’s 57 percent and tremendously clicked 23 out of 37 points on it.
Next up for the 20-year-old is the seventh seed, Sorana Cirstea, who eased past Doi’s compatriot, Erika Sema, in straight sets to reach this place. The Romanian broke Sema’s serve six times to seal the deal with a 6-2, 6-2 score line in 73-minutes.
Earlier, the top seed, Vera Zvonareva, trashed the local qualifier, Varatchaya Wongteanchai, in straight sets to reach the round of 16.
"The first match is always tough," the booming Russian said after winning her opening round match. "I didn't play my game but I always came up with better shots when I needed them."
The Russian defended five out of eight breakpoints she faced and capitalised on six out of 10 break chances to earn a 6-2, 7-5 success in 95 minutes. She will next face the Uzbek, Akgul Amanmuradova, who registered a retirement victory over Laura Robson.