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Cornet ousts Voskoboeva in first round at Budapest


Second-seeded Alize Cornet of France defeated Galina Voskoboeva of Kazakhstan 6-3, 6-1 on Tuesday in the first round of the Budapest Grand Prix.

Cornet, the defending champion, took a 4-2 lead in the first set and finished off the match by winning the last four games in the second.

Cornet will face Shahar Peer of Israel in the second round. Peer defeated Irina Begu of Romania 6-1, 4-6, 6-4.

Third-seeded Sybille Bammer of Austria also had an easy win, beating Klara Zakopalova of the Czech Republic 6-2, 6-3.

Bammer’s opponent in the second round will be Romania’s Edina Gallovits.

Fourth-seeded Agnes Szavay of Hungary defeated compatriot Katalin Marosi 6-1, 6-1 and will meet Tathiana Garbin of Italy for a place in the quarter-finals.

Two seeded players, Sara Errani of Italy and Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic, were eliminated in the first round.

Qualifier Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland defeated the seventh-seeded Errani 5-7, 6-4, 6-0, while No. 8 Safarova lost to Petra Martic of Croatia, 7-6 (5), 6-0.

Top-seeded Patty Schnyder of Switzerland was set to play her first-round match yesterday.



Top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark advanced to the second round of the Swedish Open on Tuesday after beating Sofia Arvidsson of Sweden 6-1, 6-3.

The ninth-ranked Wozniacki broke Arvidsson twice in the first set and once in the second to complete the win in 1 hour, 3 minutes.

Wozniacki, who reached the fourth round at Wimbledon last week, saved all three break points she faced on the clay.

Also on Tuesday, second-seeded Dominika Cibulkova beat Swedish wild card Sandra Roma 6-3, 2-6, 6-1, while No. 3 Flavia Pennetta beat fellow Italian Francesca Schiavone 6-2, 7-5.

However, fourth-seeded Kaia Kanepi of Estonia was eliminated after losing 6-1, 7-6 (1) to Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez of Spain.



Heavy rain halted the only three matches that began at the Hall of Fame Championships on Tuesday, ending play before two-time defending champion Fabrice Santoro got onto the grass court.

The start of action was delayed for about two-and-a-half hours before three matches began.

After a second delay of approximately 90 minutes, play resumed for a little more than 20 minutes before thunderstorms halted play for the day.

Seventh-seeded Kevin Kim of the US lost the first set against Sebastien Grosjean of France 6-4, and play was stopped during the first game of the second set.

Santoro, the No. 2 seed, watched the action from the grandstands before retreating to the player’s lounge, where the Michael Jackson memorial service was on a TV set.

Philipp Petzschner of Germany led Horacio Zeballos of Argentina 6-4, 3-4; and Samuel Groth of Australia was ahead of Brazil’s Ricardo Mello, 7-5, 0-3.

A moment of silence was held before the first match for 24-year old French player Mathieu Montcourt, who was found dead in his Paris apartment on Tuesday.

Top-seeded Mardy Fish withdrew on Monday to take Andy Roddick’s place on the US Davis Cup team. Fish was selected for the team after Roddick withdrew from the Davis Cup, citing a right hip flexor injury.

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