Anastasia Rodionova handled the deteriorating conditions better than Hungary’s Greta Arn at Hobart’s Domain.SHE admits she’s emotional on court but Australian Anastasia Rodionova was refusing to get angry at the gale that blew up for her Hobart International first-round match.
Rodionova despatched Hungary’s Greta Arn 6-4, 7-5 in a match that the Russian-born 29-year-old said was more about patience in the conditions than any sort of game-plan.
“I can’t really get mad at the wind – it’s not going to go away,” Rodionova said.
“I just tried to focus on what I can control, and I couldn’t control the wind, but I could control the way I was moving and it was working for me.
“It was tough to play the game I wanted to play.
“The way I finished the match I was patient and it paid off.”
Wildcard Rodionova handled the deteriorating conditions better than world No. 63 Arn at Hobart’s Domain Tennis Centre, perched high above the city and susceptible to high winds.
She converted her second match-point in a tough encounter that lasted one hour and 40 minutes.
The world No. 108 moves into a second-round clash with either compatriot Jarmila Gajdosova or Japan’s Ayumi Morita, who meet tonight.
Earlier, former world No. 5 Anna Chakvetadze, playing her first match since June last year, cruised past third seed Monica Niculescu in straight sets.
The 2007 champion won 6-0, 6-4 as she embarks on her latest comeback after a series of setbacks since making the US Open semi-finals and reaching her career-high ranking in the same year.
Chakvetadze was broken just once but ground it out to take the second set and beat the Romanian in one hour, 15 minutes.
“I’m happy with the way I played,” she said.
“I had some problems with the close of the match but I didn’t play for such a long time, so it’s not a big deal.”
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