Fifth-seeded Patty Schnyder was more at home than Kirsten Flipkens when the Swiss star drubbed the local wild card 6-4, 6-1 in the first round of the Diamond Games on Monday.
Schnyder has reached at least the quarter-finals each year since the tournament's launch in 2002.
Also through to the second round was a pair of Russian seeds, No. 6 Dinara Safina and No. 7 Anna Chakvetadze. Safina, last year's doubles winner, dispatched countrywoman Elena Vesnina 6-4, 6-1 in their first meeting.
Chakvetadze defeated Eleni Daniilidou of Greece, 6-4, 6-2 to extend her great start to the year.
She won her third career title in Hobart, Australia, then defeated Schnyder en route to her first Grand Slam quarter-finals in Melbourne, and was a quarter-finalist last week in Paris to reach a career-high 12th ranking on Monday.
Michaella Krajicek earned her first win of the year at the expense of Martina Muller of Germany 6-3, 6-2, and afterward the 18-year-old Dutch player clarified disputed comments at the Australian Open, where she reportedly told Dutch media she was considering changing her nationality.
"I've only said that in the Netherlands there is hardly respect for top tennis players," she said. "When things are going well, they cheer for you, but when you are down a bit, they're the first to criticize you, and when you're not doing great, you can do without just that. Just to be clear on the subject: I am and will remain Dutch."
Krajicek said she was looking forward to playing Safina in the next round, after the Russian beat her last weekend in the first round at Paris.
"I want to take my revenge," Krajicek added.
All four leading seeds received byes into the second round, including two-time defending champion Amelie Mauresmo, No. 2 Kim Clijsters, No. 3 Nadia Petrova, Sunday's winner in Paris, and Elena Dementieva.
Mauresmo can win the diamond-studded racket trophy, given to three-time winners in a five-year span.
Clijsters, the 2004 champ, is in her farewell season and will make her last tournament appearance in her homeland following an illness.
"Kim has been a bit ill in the last couple of days and has had to skip a couple of training sessions, but she is ready for it," tournament director Bob Verbeeck said.
Clijsters is to play her first match since the Australian Open semi-finals today.
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