Shaughnessy beats Mirza in Bangkok

Bangkok, October 10:

Meghann Shaughnessy defeated an erratic Sania Mirza of India 6-4, 6-4 and advanced to the second round of the Bangkok Open today, on a day that forced several matches to be suspended for hours. The No 6-seeded American outmatched Mirza, who double-faulted seven times and committed repeated unforced errors. Rain interrupted the match but only briefly before Shaughnessy finished up in an hour and 21 minutes. In other first-round matches, Germany’s Julia Schruff beat Emma Laine of Finland 6-4, 7-6 (5) and Sybille Bammer of Austria defeated Australia’s Nicole Pratt 6-1, 6-3.

Thailand’s Tamarine Tanasugarn defeated Catalina Castano of Colombia 6-0, 7-6 (7-5).

Jamea Jackson of the US beat Hungarian Melinda Czink 6-2, 6-3, and Poland’s Marta Domachowska defeated Suchanan Viratprasert of Thailand 6-4,6-0. Fourth-seeded Czech Lucie Safarova beat Tunisian Selima Sfar 6-3, 6-3.

Kremlin Cup

MOSCOW: Top-seeded Nikolay Davydenko took just 37 minutes to sweep Czech Jiri Vanek 6-0, 6-0 and advance to the second round at the Kremlin Cup. The fifth-ranked Russian, the 2004 champion, is seeking his career ninth and this season’s fourth title. Also, Julien Benneteau of France beat Argentina’s Sergio Roitman 6-3, 6-0; and Fernando Verdasco of Spain retired while trailing 7-6 (4), 4-6, 0-1 against Daniele Bracciali. In the women’s section, Anna Chakvetadze of Russia upset seventh-seeded Dinara Safina 6-1, 6-2.