Qualifier Marianna Zakarlyuk into second round of Bendigo International

No.1 seed Arina Rodionova

No.1 seed Arina Rodionova

UKRAINE qualifier Marianna Zakarlyuk emerged victorious from a 166-minute marathon match to advance to the second round of the $60,000 Plexipave Bendigo International Pro Tour on Wednesday.

On what was a day of mostly one-sided matches, Zakarlyuk’s victory over Australian Jessica Moore was the exception.

Zakarlyuk, returning from shoulder problems, prevailed 7-5, 6-7, 6-4.

Tournament favourite and No.1 seed Arina Rodionova – a previous winner in 2012 – made a comfortable start to her campaign.

Rodionova needed just 57 minutes to dispose of fellow Australian Alison Bai 6-3, 6-0, in a strong showing.

Third seed Destanee Aiava was also in fine form, cruising past Israel’s Julia Glushko 6-1, 6-2 in 60 minutes.

However, not all the seeded players got through unscathed, with both fifth seed Priscilla Hon and eighth seed Erika Sema defeated.

Play continues Thursday.

• Wednesday’s winners – Isabelle Wallace (7), Mai Minokoshi, Marianna Zakarlyuk, Olivia Rogowska (6), Tamara Zidansek (4), Arina Rodionova (1), Destanee Aiava (3), Naiktha Bains, Abigail Tere-Apisah, Jennifer Elie.