Croatian shocks top seedFrom correspondents in Espoo, Finland
CROATIA's Silvija Talaja upset top-seeded Patty Schnyder 7-6 (7-4) 6-2 today in the first round of the Nordic Light Open. Talaja, fresh from a doubles victory in Sopot, Poland, beat her first world top-20 player in three years.
Seventh-seeded Clarisa Fernandez also fell, to 20-year-old Hungarian newcomer Melinda Czink, 2-6 6-2 7-6 (7-4).
Another Hungarian, fourth-seeded Petra Mandula, beat Antonella Serra Zanetti of Italy 6-1 6-2 and will next meet Tatiana Perebiynis of Ukraine.
Barbara Rittner of Germany downed Sofia Arvidsson of Sweden 7-5 6-4 for a second-round berth against eighth-seeded Karolina Sprem, and Henrieta Nagyona won 6-0 5-7 6-4 against Klara Koukalova of the Czech Republic, last weekend's runner-up at Sopot, for a match with Slovak Fed Cup team-mate Ludmila Cervanova.