Myskina flies into Bali, unfazed by bombing

BALI: Russian Anastasia Myskina was unfazed by Indonesia’s latest deadly bombing as she arrived in Bali yesterday for the 11th Wismilak International WTA event. 

The French Open winner, named as top seed for the US$250,000 tournament on the Indonesian resort island, said Thursday’s attack, which left nine dead outside the Australian embassy in Jakarta, paled beside other world events. 

“Worse things happened in other parts of the world, also in Russia,” Myskina said, apparently referring to the Beslan hostage crisis in which 339 hostages and 31 hostage-takers were killed. 

She said her compatriots would dominate the tournament, which starts today on the tennis courts of the Grand Hyatt in Bali’s Nusa Dua area, with the top five seeds, including newly crowned US Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova at second seed and Nadia Petrova. 

Myskina will play in the second round against the winner of the match between Slovakian Tina Pisnik and Italian Maria Elena Camerin. 

Second seed Kuznetsova, who took the honours at the 2002 Wismilak International, will meet the winner of the match between Venezuelan Milagros Sequera and a qualifier. – AFP 

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