BANGKOK, Oct 9 (Reuters) In-form Frenchwoman Virginie Razzano eased past Lourdes Dominguez Lino of Spain 6-0 6-3 to advance to the second round of the Bangkok Open today.
In the hunt for her third straight WTA title after wins in Guangzhou and Japan in the last two weeks, Razzano dropped only five points on her first serve to notch-up her 11th straight victory.
Razzano, the fourth seed, said the Thai humidity and the strain of two consecutive tournaments without a break was hard to handle.
''I'm not feeling fresh, it's my 11th match. It's very tough, very humid here,'' she told reporters.
''I think I need to keep my mental strength up, I can play good tennis, I'm ready to deal with the physical side, keep strong, and play aggressive.'' ''I have to go out tomorrow, keep my concentration and play my best to win again,'' added the 24-year-old, whose victory in China was her first in eight years as a professional.
Third seed Shahar Peer of Israel booked her place in the next round with a 7-6 6-4 win over Hungarian Melinda Czink.
Peer took one hour, 39 minutes to get past Czink and set up a match with Russian Anastasia Rodionova, who beat qualifier Akgul Amanmuradova of Uzbekistan 6-4 6-3.
Sixth seed Aiko Nakamura of Japan stumbled at the first hurdle, losing 6-4 7-6 to unseeded Czech Klara Zakopalova.
Seventh seed Flavia Pennetta of Italy beat Thai wildcard Noppawan Lertcheewakarn to go through 6-0 6-2 and Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova, the fifth seed, beat qualifier Emilia Samerni of Argentina 6-2 4-6 6-2.
Wimbledon champion Venus Williams, currently eighth in the WTA race, is chasing more points to take one of the four remaining spots at the $3 million season-ending championships in Madrid.
She will take on Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki on Wednesday and top-seeded Serbian Jelena Jankovic faces China's Yan Zi.
Reuters PDT VP0004