In the third big upset of the Brisbane International 2013 WTA tournament after Caroline Wozniacki and Sam Stosur both lost their first round matches, Anastasia Pavlyuchenko of Russia, ranked at 36 took out the 2011 champion Petra Kvitova, the WTA’s 8th ranked player and seeded at 6 for this tournament, in straight sets, 6-4 7-5. A flash player who has patches of brilliance combined with some very uninspiring play, Pavlyuchenko was on top of her game in this tie and was able to counter Kvitova’s great leftie serve and powerful ground strokes to win in a little over one and a half hours. She will next meet the winner of the match between Angelique Kerber and qualifier Monica Puig,to be played on Wednesday, for a place in the quarter finals.
Yet another seed was taken out when Daniela Hantuchova defeated the 5th seeded Italian Sara Errani in three sets. Errani took the first set 6-4 but Hantuchova came back, showing some of the form that took her to the top of the game not so many years ago to take the next two sets 6-1 and 7-5 to move into the quarter final round.
Bad news for this tournament which has seen many of its top draw card players exit within the first two days of play is the news that Maria Sharapova, world number two and seeded second, has withdrawn, suffering a relapse of a collar bone injury which has restricted her training.