Tamira Paszek destroys Ekaterina Makarova in opening round – Luxembourg Open 2011

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Tamira Paszek destroys Ekaterina Makarova in opening round – Luxembourg Open 2011
World number forty-five, Tamira Paszek of Austria trashed Ekaterina Makarova in straight sets at the BGL BNP Paribas Luxembourg Open 2011, an International level WTA tournament held on the indoor hard courts in Luxembourg City,
Luxembourg. She registered a 6-2, 6-2 success over the 23-year-old Russian to book a second round spot on Monday.
The Dornbirn native, Paszek put up a sold display of tennis to dump the Russian, ranked 52nd in the Sony Ericsson WTA Premier rankings in one hour and seven minutes on their third duel. Paszek last overpowered Makarova
at Birmingham earlier this season and after earning this straight set victory, she not only advanced in this tier-III event but also took lead in the head-to-head series by 2-1 against the Russian.
20-year-old Austrian stormed into the Austrian hard courts as she got the first blood in the opening game of the first set. She held her serve in the next game and broke the Russian’s serve again in the third game to extend lead
by 3-0. Despite losing her serve in the following game, she recovered in the proceeding game and kept remaining serves to bag the opening set with a 6-2 score line.
Paszek warded off four out of five breakpoints encountered and capitalised on three out of five breakpoint opportunities to her advantage. She manifested a higher first serve share of 64 percent as compared to Makarova’s 50 percent
and registered a fabulous 72 percent win on it.
Paszek entered the final set in high spirits and earned the critical break in the opening game again to have an early edge. She carried her momentum to reel off next three games in a row before Makarova could hold on. Later she
held remaining serves to seal the victory by winning six games to two.
The delighted Paszek clobbered an equal first serve share of 56 percent but earned a superb 90 percent win on it. In addition to this, she faced zero breakpoint and cashed in half of the four breakpoint opportunities to her advantage
to clinch comfortably.
Up next for the higher ranked Austrian is the winner of the match between sixth seeded German Julia Goerges and British Elena Baltacha.
Spanish number one, Anabel Medina Garrigues will be joining the Austrian in the second round. The Spaniard crushed aside a local wild card enterer Anne Kremer after handing in double bagels in just forty-six minutes on their third
Garrigues held entire serves and broke Luxembourgian’s serve six times to register this mind blowing 6-0, 6-0 victory on Kremer’s 36th birthday.



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