Lanlana the only Thai in singles draw
published : 30 Jan 2023 at 04:11
newspaper section: Sports
writer: Tor Chittinand
Thai wild-card Lanlana Tararudee will face Swedish world No.150 Mirjam Bjorklund in the first round of the WTA 250 Thailand Open 2023 at Arena Hua Hin Sports Club on Monday.
Lanlana, 18, is the only Thai singles player in the main draw of the tournament after three other players failed to make it through the qualifying round.
Lanlana won the W40 tennis tournament on the ITF Pro Circuit earlier this month.
In the doubles event, Peantarn Plipluech and Luksika Kumkhum, who received a wild card, have been drawn to face British duo Harriet Dart and Heather Watson in the first round.
Peantarn did not qualify for the singles main draw after losing 7-5, 6-3 to Swiss Joanne Zuger in the second qualifying round.
Aunchisa Chanta was knocked out from the first qualifying round by Ekaterina Makarova of Russia 6-4, 3-6, 7-5.
Luksika also exited in the first qualifying round after a 6-4, 6-1 loss to Miyu Kato of Japan.
Kato then lost to Makarova in the second qualifying round 6-4, 6-1 as the Russian sealed her place in the main draw.
In other first round match-ups, singles top seed and world No.43 Bianca Andreescu of Canada, the 2019 US Open winner, will face the 96th-ranked Dart while second seed Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan will meet Watson.
Monday's first round matches start at 2pm.