Marion Bartoli of France defeated local hope Kimiko Date-Krumm 6-1, 6-4 to reach the second round of the Pan Pacific Open in Japan yesterday.
The 27-year-old, seeded ninth, dominated the match from the start with a series of powerful strokes, taking a 5-0 lead in the first set, before beating the veteran Japanese in straight sets.
Date-Krumm made a go of it in the second set, fighting back from 0-2 down to make it 3-3, but a fifth double fault in the seventh game and two further unforced errors later in the set gave victory to Bartoli.
No. 10 seed and 2010 winner Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark, who won her first title of the season at the Korea Open on Sunday, joined Bartoli in the next round by beating Bojana Jovanovski of Serbia 6-0, 3-6, 6-4.
No. 11 seed Ana Ivanovic of Serbia reached the second round when Andrea Hlavackova of the Czech Republic was forced to retire and concede the match at 6-3, 2-0 in the second set.
Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei, who won the Guangzhou Open on Saturday, lost the first set 3-6 against Klara Zakopalova of the Czech Republic, but she rallied and was leading the second set 4-3 with a break of serve when the players were forced off because of rain.
In other action, Nadia Petrova of Russia outclassed China’s Peng Shuai 6-1, 6-4, while 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone of Italy edged past Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan 4-6, 7-6 (7/4), 6-4.
Slovakia’s Daniela Hantuchova, Jamie Hampton of the US, Pauline Parmentier of France, Sweden’s Johanna Larsson, Simona Halep of Romania, Poland’s Urszula Radwanska, Tamira Paszek of Austria, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia and Britain’s Heather Watson also advanced.
Additional reporting by Staff writer