Tatjana Malek started her week at the Nürnberger Gastein Ladies in style Monday, upsetting No.5 seed Carla Suárez Navarro, 26 62 64. The German’s defeat of the 31st-ranked player in the world was her second best career win on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour, having topped then-No.21 Katarina Srebotnik at ‘s Hertogenbosch in 2007.
Malek and Suárez Navarro had split their two previous meetings, both of which were also on clay, with the Spaniard winning most recently in the quarters of Barcelona earlier this year. That final eight appearance is Malek’s best result on Tour so far this year.
The other two main draw matches saw Ioana Raluca Olaru edge Marta Domachowska, 57 64 63, and Andrea Petkovic beat Sandra Kloesel, 64 63. In the final round of qualifying, Zuzana Ondraskova, Sharon Fichman, Carmen Klaschka and Lenka Jurikova all were victorious to secure main draw berths. Also Monday, second-seeded Francesca Schiavone, the champion here in 2007 and a finalist just last week in Prague, had to withdraw from the tournament with a back injury.
The rest of the seeded players play their first round matches Tuesday, including No.1 seed Alizé Cornet versus Marina Duque Marino, No.3 seed Sybille Bammer, fresh off her title in Prague, against Anastasija Sevastova and No.4 seed Iveta Benesova versus Alexandra Dulgheru.