Kolkata, Sep 19: Vania King came up with an inspired performance to upset top seed Marion Bartoli in straight sets in WTA Sunfeast Open.
King, ranked 78 places lower than her fancied opponent, played an intelligent game and unleashed an array of delightlful strokes to account for Bartoli 6-1, 7-5 yesterday, in the match that stretched past midnight.
The 18-year-old, who turned pro only last year, broke the world number 12 player in the fourth and sixth games of the first set in which Bartoli could hold serve only in the second game.
The second set was more competitive, though Vania constantly put pressure on Bartoli's service, with her quick movements on the court and smashing down the line returns.
Vania got four break points in the prolonged third game, but Bartoli managed to save it in the end. The games went with serves till the eighth, but in the ninth vania broke the Wimbledon finalist to go up 5-4.
However, Bartoli broke back in the very next game, but Vania again demolished her rival in the 11th to lead 6-5.
Serving for the match, Vania unleashed a good passing shot and finally wrapped up the match in 98th minute by firing an ace.
''Vania played better, I had never played her before. So, I was not tactically prepared. The slow surface also helped her to retutn the balls better,'' Bartoli said after her ouster.
Earlier in the day, Tatiana Poutchek of Belarus caused a big upset by ousting fifth seed Alla Kudryavtseva of Russia, while Isreal's Czibora Obziller showed the door to ninth seeded Russian Yaroslava Shvedova.