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Sluggish Conchita Martinez Suffers Upset

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Sluggish Conchita Martinez Suffers Upset
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BALI, Indonesia (Reuters) - Spanish third seed Conchita Martinez (news) slumped out of the Wismilak International on Thursday, humbled 6-1, 6-3 by unseeded Maria Vento-Kabchi of Venezuela in the second round.

Fifth-seeded Tamarine Tanasugarn of Thailand eased past Chinese qualifier Jie Zheng 6-4, 6-3 and home favorite Angelique Widjaja overcame Tathiana Garbin of Italy 7-5, 6-3.

Martinez, the 1994 Wimbledon (news - web sites) champion, only just won her first-round match because of an upset stomach and looked heavy-legged against her improving Venezuelan opponent who reached the semi-finals at Stanford last month.

The start was delayed for over an hour by heavy rain and 31-year-old Martinez said: "I do prefer playing in the sunshine. This weather makes you feel a little heavy, but it's the same for both.

"I just didn't play my best. Maybe it was because of yesterday. I was making a lot of unforced errors and playing short, and I didn't feel I had my legs there."

Vento-Kabchi was delighted. "I was playing a great player, a Grand Slam champion, and she has so much experience," the Venezuelan said. "When I played her last time I had to run so much I couldn't walk the next day.

"I was prepared for that and mentally I was very strong out there."

In the last second round match, Switzerland's Emmanuelle Gagliardi beat Croatian qualifier Ivana Abramovic 6-1, 7-5.
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