Webb, Drake Lose at Rogers AT&T Cup
TORONTO (AP) _ Canadians Vanessa Webb and Maureen Drake were first-round casualties at the Rogers AT&T Cup women’s tennis tournament Monday.
Argentina’s Mariana Diaz-Oliva defeated Webb 3-6, 7-5, 6-1, while Australian Evie Dominikovic defeated Drake 6-1, 7-6 (3).
Diaz-Oliva, No. 46 in the world, needed 2 hours to beat Webb, the 1998 NCAA champion at Duke who is ranked No. 144.
Webb breezed through the opening set with two service breaks while getting in 68 percent of her first serves.
But Webb, who underwent shoulder surgery in December, self-destructed in the second while leading 5-3 and serving for the match. Twice she was broken by Diaz-Oliva, who won the final four games of the second set before registering two more breaks in the third en route to a 5-0 advantage.
Webb’s first-serve percentage dropped to 52 per cent in the second set and an abysmal 42 per cent in the third. She committed 17 of her 23 double-faults in the final two sets.
Dominikovic dominated the first set against Drake, but the Canadian rallied in the second and served for a 5-3 lead. But Dominikovic, ranked No. 72 in the world, managed to force a tiebreaker against the 176th-ranked Drake.
In the only matches involving seeded players Monday, No. 14 Anke Huber of Germany defeated compatriot Barbara Rittner 2-6, 6-3, 6-3, and No. 10 Jelena Dokic of Yugoslavia beat Nadia Petrova of Russia 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-1.
Injuries have forced such stars as Switzerland’s Martina Hingis, American Lindsay Davenport, France’s Mary Pierce and Russian Anna Kournikova to skip the tournament _ leaving American Jennifer Capriati, the top seed, as the lone top-five player.