The fourth day of competition for The BMW Malaysian Open 2015 has been the most interesting so far with a host of seeded players in action on court eager on avoiding any upset as they marched on to the next round.
Centre court hosted the match between fifth seed JarmilaGajdosova of Australia and World No 108 CaglaBuyukakcay of Turkey. World No 52 Gajdosova came into the game after recovering from a short illness, and Buyukakcay did not make it easy for Gajdosova.
Even though Buyukakcay played a solid game, seasoned campaigner Gajdosova was in no mood for an upset as she toiled for 1 hour 45 minutes to beat her Turkish opponent in straight sets 7-5, 6-4.
“Buyukakcay played really well today and she had a solid game. I hit a lot of balls back to make her run and I attacked her serve whenever I could as I was bent on playing aggressively to stay ahead. At 5-3 for example, I had 3 set points and I made full use of it. I am looking forward to playing more consistently for a more solid performance on court,” said an upbeat Gajdosova. Gajdosova opponent in the next round will be Thailand’s World No 128 LuksikaKumkhum.
On court 1, the Malaysian wildcard pair of Jawairiah Noordin and Theiviya Selvarajoo took on Japanese JunriNamigata and Han Xinyun of China.
Jawairiah and Theiviya started off well against their more experienced opponents, but Namigata and Han were able to capitalize on the Malaysian pair’s inexperience as they took the first set 6-2. It was no different in the second set as both Namigata and Han stepped up their game to overpower the Malaysians and take the second set 6-0 for a straight sets win.
After the match, Theiviya commented, “I felt we did fine for our first outing as a doubles pair. It was a good experience for the both of us and we did try our best against higher ranked opponents who have played together as a pair longer than we have. We need more playing time together and we shall practice more and train harder to improve ourselves as a doubles pair.”
Jawairiah echoed Theiviya’s comments, “Yes this is our first time playing doubles together, especially after my recent comeback. I look forward to practicing and training with Theiviya from now on to compete in the doubles discipline for future tournaments. We will be looking to improve our understanding and cohesion with one another, as well as building up our pace and speed so that we can compete with and challenge more experienced and higher ranked doubles pairs.”
On Court 2, eight seed German Julia Goerges took on Russian World No 114 Alla Kudryavtseva. Goerges dominated her Russian opponent in the first set, winning comfortably 6-1. In the second set Goerges was stretched by Kudryavtseva as both players fought neck and neck for points. Goerges managed to turn things around during the tie breaker and never looked back from then on, taking the second set 7-6 to win the match.
“It was quite hot and humid today. I think I played a solid first set, but in the second set Kudryavtseva was a different player as she had more depth on the ball. But during the tie breaker I managed take advantage and from then on I made sure I didn’t let her back into the game,” said Goerges. The German’s opponent in the next round will be Ukrainian World No 107 KaterynaKozlova.
In the doubles, Taiwanese Chang Kai-Chen and ZhengSaisai of China managed to overcome their opponents Xu Yi-Fan and Zhang Kai-Lin in straight sets 6-1, 6-4.
The tennis action continues to heat up on the hard courts of The Royal Selangor Golf Club as both singles and doubles players continue in their respective quests for the coveted titles tomorrow. Stay tuned for all the tennis action happening right here at the BMW Malaysian Open 2015.
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