WARSAW: Former French Open champion Anastasia Myskina slumped to a 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 defeat by Polish 17-year-old Agnieszka Radwanska in the first round of the Warsaw Cup yesterday.
Radwanska, winner of the 2005 Wimbledon junior title, troubled Myskina with a strong forehand and often caught her out with beautifully executed drop shots on the clay surface.
Obviously this was a very big surprise for me because Myskina is one of the best players in the world, said the 309th-ranked Radwanska. I wasn't expecting this victory at all and I'm just very very happy I was able to win here.
Myskina rarely looked comfortable during the encounter.
It's my first tournament on clay and the girl was playing pretty good, Myskina told reporters. Just a couple of mistakes and the match is over. I saw her for the first time in my life so it's a little bit difficult to play her.
Daniela Hantuchova, who has split from British coach Nigel Sears after working with him almost continuously since June 2001, recovered from a set and 3-5 to beat Israel's Anna Smashnova 4-6, 7-5, 6-3.
Fifth seed Francesca Schiavone needed only 55 minutes to beat Finland's Emma Laine 6-0, 6-1.
Former world number one Martina Hingis made a winning return in her first clay court match in four years on Monday as she overcame a gallant challenge from Russias Maria Kirilenko to set up a possible clash with Venus Williams.
The Swiss star claimed a tense and skilful two-hour battle 7-5, 7-6 (7-1), despite her opponent once serving for the first set and twice serving for the second.
Hingis, who had not played a clay court match since losing to Venus Williams in Hamburg exactly four years ago, admitted she struggled to find her game after such a long absence.
Its been a long time, said the former Roland Garros finalist.
Hopefully Ill get into it, and Im very happy to be through this first round.