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By Gokul Pillai
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Alisa Kleybanova kicked off her Hansol Korea Open campaign on a Monday afternoon and impressed her fans with an easy win over Chang Kai-Chen in a match which lasted for one hour and twenty four minutes. The match took place on Centre Court as Kelybanova dismantled her opponent in straight sets 6-2, 6-3 to proceed firther in the tournament.
Kleybanova, ranked 28 in the world and seeded fifth in the tournament was unable to serve with utmost confidence as she was broken three times in the match. But then she compensated for the breaks of serve as she managed to break the service game six times before she winning the match
A delighted Kleybanova said, "I'm happy I won. I played well and stayed focused through the whole match. For the past few I haven't been playing well, so I feel I really need some matches to win now to get my confidence and feel on the court."
Kleybanova has played the tournament once before and reached the quarterfinals and lost to eventual champion, Kimiko Date Krumm in three tough sets and taking a convincing lead.
Ksenia Pervak will face Kleybanova in the next round. Pervak rallied and managed to register a win against against Chan Yung-Jan in straights, 6-4 7-5.
Other matches of the day included, Ekaterina Makarova who defeated Iveta Benesova, 6-2 3-6 7-5, while Elena Baltacha beat wildcard Kim So-Jung from Korea in two sets, 6-3 6-4.
Simona Halep, Bojana Jovanovski, Junri Namigata and Hsieh Su-Wei were the players who snatched main draw berths after winning their final qualifying rounds of the tournament
Nadia Petrova, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, and Maria Kirlenko are some of the famous talents palying the stat studded toournament being held at Seoul
In this week's matches, former winner Datekrumm and two former world number ones Ana Ivanovic and Dinara Safina are due to play their matches. Wimbledon and US Open double winner Vania King and Yaroslava Shvedova will also be playing their doubles match in the week.
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