Lucie Hradecka is the tournament's top seed.
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By Allison Moore, special to USTA.com
OSPREY, Fla. – Top-seed Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Republic made it look simple on stadium court Thursday, defeating Canadian Eugene Bouchard in two sets, 7-5, 6-1, in the second round of the 2012 Oaks Club $50,000 Pro Circuit Event.
The 26-year-old from Prague knew she would have to kick it up a notch after a slow first set, when she found herself behind, 2-5.
"After I lost my serve, I knew I would have to do better, and I told myself, 'Go after every point and work harder,'" Hradecka recalled.
In other second-round action, Sesil Karatantcheva, 22, of Kazakhstan, needed three sets to defeat American Jessica Pegula, 6-3, 4-6, 6-1. Karatantcheva came into the match after a big win against No. 2 seed Anatasia Yakimova in the first round. She admitted having trouble in the second set but gave her opponent her due, saying, "She played better."
"This new generation of player is fearless," said Karatancheva, who had her family, including her four young sisters, in attendance at the match. "I have gotten better, but so has the game."
No. 5 seed Edina Gallovits-Hall defeated Swiss player Stefanie Voegele, 6-3, 7-6 (3). Gallovits-Hall has played professionally for 10 years, competing in all four Grand Slams singles main draws.
Alexandra Panova of Russia sped through her match against American CoCo Vandeweghe, 6-3, 6-1. The No. 3 seed was unflappable against Vandeweghe, coming directly from the Sony Ericsson, where she lost in the first round.
"I played well, and I had a strategy that worked well for the match," Panova remarked.
Panova has won two WTA Tour doubles titles. In singles, she qualified for the 2011 US Open, facing No. 8 seed Marion Bartoli in the first round.
In other action No. 6-seeded American Irina Falconi was upset by Arantxa Rus of the Netherlands in three sets, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4, and Florencia Molinero of Argentina advanced, defeating Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic, 6-3, 1-6, 6-4.
Second-Round Singles Results:
Lucie Hradecka , Czech Republic, def. Eugenie Bouchard, Canada, 7-5, 6-1
Edina Gallovits-Hall , Romania, def. Stefanie Voegele, Switzerland, 6-3, 7-6 (3)
Sesil Karatantcheva, Kazakhstan, def. Jessica Pegula, United States, 6-3, 4-6, 6-1
Alexandra Panova , Russia def. CoCo Vandeweghe, United States, 6-3, 6-1
Florencia Molinero, Argentina, def. Karolina Pliskova, Czech Republic, 6-3, 1-6, 6-4
Arantxa Rus, Netherlands, def. Irina Falconi , United States, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4
Alize Cornet, France, def. Anastasia Rodionova , Australia, 6-2, 6-3
Valeria Savinykh, Russia, Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino, Spain
Nina Bratchikova, Russia/Darija Jurak, Croatia, def. Catalina Castano, Colombia/Mariana Duque-Marino, Colombia, 6-2, 6-1
Alexandra Panova, Russia/Lesia Tsurenko, Ukraine, def. Julia Cohn, United States/Florencia Molinero, Argentina, 6-2, 6-0