Conchita Martinez, the biggest draw at the Pathmark Tennis C
MAHWAH, N.J. (AP) _ Conchita Martinez, the biggest draw at the Pathmark Tennis Classic, is gone after the second round of the tournament.
Japan’s Ai Sugiyama, ranked 62nd in the world, upset the top-seeded Martinez 3-6, 6-4, 4-6 Wednesday.
``I wasn’t nervous before the match,″ Sugiyama said. ``I served better, and she didn’t play well. Sometimes it was lucky for me. She made mistakes real easily.″
Sugiyama lost in three sets to Martinez three weeks ago in San Diego.
The only top player the 19-year-old beat previously was Helena Sukova in the first round of the French Open.
``I didn’t think I played really bad, but I didn’t do what I had to do,″ Martinez said.
The Spaniard, ranked third in the world, has won six tournaments this year, the same number won by Steffi Graf.
Martinez, who had a first-round bye, rallied in the second set, but fell behind 4-1 in the third. She won three straight games to tie the score 4-4, but took only three points in the next two games.
No. 2 seed Jana Novotna got a scare, blowing six set points in dropping the first set before rallying to defeat Sandra Cecchini of Italy 6-7 (12-10), 6-2, 6-2.
``I started out well, but I lost my opportunities to go ahead 5-2,″ said Novotna, ranked fourth in the world. ``Then she played well on some important points.″
Cecchini became upset over some calls in the final two sets and lost her rhythm, while Novotna regained her focus.
``In the last two sets I tried to be more aggressive, to come in on every short ball, to be more unpredictable,″ Novotna said.
In other matches, No. 3 seed Magdalena Maleeva defeated Sabine Appelmans 6-2, 6-3; Marianne Werdel upset No. 4 Natasha Zvereva 6-3, 7-5; and No. 5 Iva Majoli routed Gigi Fernandez 6-3, 6-2.
Also, Tatjana Jecmenica downed Miriam Oremans 6-4, 7-5; Judith Wiesner beat Radka Zrubakova 6-1, 6-0; and Nicole Bradke defeated Kristie Boogert 6-2, 6-2.