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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Kournikova Falls to Van Roost In Comedy of Double-Faults




ZURICH, Switzerland -- Anna Kournikova served up a massive 17 double-faults, handing eighth-seed Dominique Van Roost a straight-sets victory in the first round of the European Championships.


Becoming the first Belgian man or women ever to enter the world's top-10 ranking on Monday, an assertive Van Roost needed just 56 minutes Tuesday to dispatch the faltering Russian 6-3, 6-1.


"It makes a huge difference when you know you've entered the top-10 and you've beaten some really great players," said Van Roost, who ended Martina Hingis's reign as world No. 1 when she toppled the Swiss in the quarterfinals in Filderstadt last week.


"It made a huge difference on my side and on the other side because she knew it, too."


Van Roost showed only a momentary lapse in the first set, allowing Kournikova to break and go up 3-2. But the Belgian displayed the same determination which allowed her to defeat Hingis, winning the next four games to take the set.


Struggling with her service game, the 17-year-old Russian labored in the second set to retain her opening serve, before losing her next three and literally handing Van Roost the win.


"I think she was nervous and under pressure," said Van Roost. "She's probably the most famous player at the moment, even more than Martina.


In Vienna, Briton Greg Rusedski sent seventh seed Yevgeny Kafelnikov crashing out of the CA-Trophy in the first round after a tough, three set battle.


Rusedski, a finalist here last year, needed a little under two hours to eliminate the Russian 6-3 3-6 7-6 and set up a second round match with local hero Thomas Muster.