Tokyo, Japan (Sports Network) - Ninth-seeded Marion Bartoli and hot 10th
seed Caroline Wozniacki were among Monday's first-round winners at the $2.17
million Pan Pacific Open tennis event.
The French Bartoli handled 41-year-old wild card and long-time Japanese
favorite Kimiko Date-Krumm 6-1, 6-4, while the Danish Wozniacki, fresh off her
first title of the year in Seoul, held off Serbian qualifier Bojana Jovanovski
6-0, 3-6, 6-4 on the hardcourts at Ariake Colosseum. Date-Krumm, who will turn
42 on Friday, captured this event back in 1995.
Bartoli will meet German Julia Goerges on Tuesday, while Wozniacki will
encounter Slovak veteran Daniela Hantuchova on Wednesday.
Wozniacki was the Tokyo champ two years ago.
In other action involving seeds on Day 2, No. 11 former top-ranked Serb Ana
Ivanovic took care of Czech lucky-loser Andrea Hlavackova 6-3, 2-0,
retired; No. 15 Estonian Kaia Kanepi handled Spanish qualifier
Silvia Soler-Espinosa 6-1, 6-4; No. 16 Czech Lucie Safarova topped Bulgarian
Tsvetana Pironkova 6-4, 7-6 (7-3); and No. 17 Russian Nadia Petrova drove out
Chinese Peng Shuai 6-1, 6-4. Kanepi was Sunday's Seoul runner-up to
Wozniacki. Ivanovic was a Pan Pacific finalist in 2007.
Several other women posted opening-round wins, including Hantuchova, Goerges,
Italian Francesca Schiavone, American qualifier Jamie Hampton and Austrian
No less than nine of the world's top-10 female tennis players will take to the
courts here on Tuesday, as Australian Open champion and U.S. Open runner-up
Victoria Azarenka, French Open champ and Aussie Open runner-up Maria
Sharapova, Wimbledon finalist Agnieszka Radwanska, Petra Kvitova, Angelique
Kerber, French Open runner-up Sara Errani, Li Na, and Samantha Stosur will
all see second-round action on Day 3. Stosur will meet Schiavone in a rematch
of the 2010 French Open final, which was won by Schiavone.
Radwanska is the reigning Pan Pacific titlist, having beaten Russian Vera
Zvonareva in last year's finale. The former world No. 1 Sharapova captured
titles here in 2005 and 2009.
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