Hsieh drops Pattaya opener

11:11 AM, Jan 28, 2013   |    comments
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Pattaya City, Thailand (Sports Network) - Third seed Su-Wei Hsieh came up an opening-round loser Monday at the $235,000 Pattaya Open tennis event.

New Zealand's Marina Erakovic whipped Taipei's Hsieh 6-2, 6-2 on the hardcourts at Dusit Thani Hotel.

Also on Day 1, Thai wild card Varatchaya Wongteanchai handled German Annika Beck 6-3, 6-3, Russian Alexandra Panova topped Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu 7-6 (8-6), 3-2, retired, and France's Mathilde Johansson dismissed Taipei's Kai- Chen Chang 6-4, 6-3.

This week's top seed is former world No. 1 Ana Ivanovic. The Serbian star will open her stay against Japan's Ayumi Morita.

Reigning two-time champion Daniela Hantuchova, seeded sixth this week, bested Russian Maria Kirilenko in last year's Pattaya finale.

This week's winner will collect $40,000.

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