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Sun Sets On Day One in Bali

Aravane upset Sabine, but otherwise it was smooth sailing for the seeds on Wednesday.

Published November 04, 2009 03:55

Sun Sets On Day One in Bali
Aravane Rezai

BALI, Indonesia - Three of the four seeds in action made winning starts at the Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions on Wednesday. The exception was fourth seed and wildcard Sabine Lisicki, who was beaten by Aravane Rezai in the first match of the innovative season finale.

Recent Luxembourg runner-up Lisicki seemed to be on course for a routine win over Rezai, who earned her place in Bali by winning her first Sony Ericsson WTA Tour title at Strasbourg in May. The 20-year-old German broke serve twice to take the first set but Rezai broke for 2-0 in the second and never really let go of the momentum to take the match, 16 63 64.

"For me it's a little bit strange that there's no doubles lines (on the court), but I didn't have any problem," Rezai said. "Everything is great. People are so nice here that I feel I'm at home."

Check out off-court pics from Bali in the gallery!

Belgium's Yanina Wickmayer restored order with her straight set win over wildcard Kimiko Date Krumm, but the US Open semifinalist was made to work hard by the Japanese veteran. Though 39-year-old Date Krumm, who won the first title of her comeback at Seoul last month, let go of breaks in both sets, she made an impression on an opponent barely half her age.

"Until 3-0 (in the second set) she was playing really aggressively," said Wickmayer, who emerged with a 76(5) 63 win. "She can take the ball really early. I think she's one of the fittest players on tour right now, and if she keeps playing for the next couple of years she'll do really well."

The evening session saw top seed Marion Bartoli, who won the International title at Monterrey and the Premier title at Stanford during 2009 and is ranked No.12, defeat Birmingham champion Magdalena Rybarikova in two close-fought sets, 64 64.

And in the final match of the day, second-seeded Samantha Stosur - fresh off the plane from playing doubles at the Sony Ericsson Championships in Doha - recovered from a second set dip to beat Hungary's Agnes Szavay, 62 36 61.

Under the round robin format Szavay will be back on court on Thursday against newly crowned Doha doubles champion María José Martínez Sánchez while the other Hungarian in the draw, Melinda Czink, plays her first match against Rezai. Rybarikova faces Shahar Peer and Date Krumm takes on Anabel Medina Garrigues.

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