Top seed Nadia Petrova defeated Guangzhou champion Jarmila Groth 6-3. 6-2 in the first round of the Korea Open today. Rain has postponed much of early round play. 2nd seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova advanced by defeating Anastasia Rodionova 7-6, 6-1, and defending champion Kimiko Date Krumm also advanced to the next round. Vera Dushevina defeated wild card and 7th seed Ana Ivanovic 2-6, 6-4, 6-2.
3rd seed Anna Chakvetadze retired today in Tashkent. Chakvetadze is suffering with a viral illness.