CHARLESTON (South Carolina): Second seed Lindsay Davenport advanced to the third round but eighth seed Patty Schnyder was eliminated on Tuesday as rain continued to spoil the US$1.3mil WTA event.
Schnyder was outlasted by Russia's Vera Zvonareva 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 in a classic claycourt match that featured multiple baseline drop shots, moon balls and lengthy rallies.
Youth prevailed as the 18-year-old Zvonareva won her first match at this event by knocking last year's finalist from Switzerland.
The damp conditions left the balls heavy, which may have been one explanation for the 14 service breaks and long rallies.
I didn't really like the conditions (unseasonable cold damp weather) at all, Schnyder said. The ball was heavy. I love hot weather and the ball bouncing well.
Davenport routed Daja Bedanova 6-0, 6-1 for her fifth victory over the Czech in as many meetings.
I thought I played well today and happy to get through in this weather and be in the third round already. said Davenport, who had not played on clay in two years.
A winner of an indoor event in Japan earlier this year, she looked at home on the gray clay court, blasting 37 winners.
Rain in the afternoon brought about the cancellation of top-ranked Serena Williams' second-round encounter with qualifier Dally Randriantefy of Madagascar.
Russian Anna Kournikova took a 2-0 lead over No. 15 Conchita Martinez of Spain before the rain came.
No. 11 Meghann Shaughnessy of the United States posted a 6-2, 6-4 first-round victory over qualifier Milagros Sequera of Venezuela.
Shaughnessy is ranked No. 19 this week after reaching the quarter-finals in Miami last month.
She captured her third career title at Canberra and appeared in the quarter-finals at the Australian Open in January. AFP