Obziler, Chan enter quarters of Sunfeast Open

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Kolkata, Sep 19 (UNI) Tzipora Obziler of Israel had to and Yung-jan Chang of Chinese taipei entered the quarter-finals of Sunfeast Open, while Anne Kepthavong of England and Ukranian Maria Koryttseva entered the second round in their respective matches here today.

After a late night win yesterday, Obziler seemed a little stiff today, but the first set warmed the Israeli up.

However, after losing the first set, Obziler got Casey Dellacqua of Australia packing 4-6, 6-3, 7-5.

For Dellacqua, it was a match of missed opportunities. The 85th ranked Aussie, who has 11 ITF Circuit titles to her credit including four this year, had appeared in good touch in first round, but Obziler had the last laugh.

Dellacqua got to a smashing start against Obziler, pocketing the first set easily but Obziler did not take long to figure her mistakes.

The Israeli, one of the seniormost pros on the Tour, who has always been under the shadow of illustrious compatriot Shahar Peer, the brunette who teamed up with Sania Mirza to clinch the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford this year, launched a spectacular assault on the Dellacqua backhand and earned double breaks which was wnough to see her capture the second set 6-3.

In the decider, Obziler started moving much better and caught the burly Australian on the run. Dellacqua main weapon, her crushing forehand, was rendered ineffective as the Israeli kept asking questions with deep angled groundstrokes.

The breaks changed hands before Obziler got the decisive one in the 11th game to go 6-5 up with the serve. Dellacqua did herself no favours by losing her temper which also saw her reduced to conceding three match points in the final game.

Meanwhile, the day's first second round tie saw eighth seed Yung-Jan Chan of Chinese Taipei make short work of Jarmila Gajdosova from Slovakia 6-1, 6-2 in one hour and 27 minutes.

The Asian girl has had first round exits in all Grand Slams this year, but if she can add consistency to her potent game, she can become a dangerous opponent and achieve her modest goal -- that of reaching the top 30 in world rankings by the end of the year.

In two first round encounters, British girl Anne Keothavong defeated Italy's Sara Errani 6-4, 6-4, while Mariya Koryttseva of Ukraine put it past Monique Adamczak of Australia 6-3, 6-3.


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