Magda Shocks Marion In Barcelona

Top seed Marion Bartoli was bundled out of the Barcelona Ladies Open by Magdalena Rybarikova, in the first round.

Published April 25, 2011 05:04

Magda Shocks Marion In Barcelona
Magdalena Rybarikova

BARCELONA, Spain - Marion Bartoli's preparations for her home Grand Slam were dealt another blow on Monday when the Frenchwoman was bundled out of the Barcelona Ladies Open in the first round. Having accepted a wildcard and been installed as the top seed, the world No.13 was beaten by Slovakia's Magdalena Rybarikova, 64 61.

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Neither player served well: both made just 48% of first deliveries and Bartoli served seven double faults to Rybarikova's six. But the Slovak world No.72, whose previous sole win in five outings against Bartoli had been via a third set retirement, made far better use of her chances on return - especially in the second set. Here, Bartoli had more chances to break - four - but could only convert one of them. Meantime, Rybarikova jumped on all three of her opportunities to produce the decisive scoreline.

"Of course, when I saw the draw, I wasn't too enthusiastic," said Rybarikova after what represents her best win, rankings-wise, since she beat then-No.13 Nadia Petrova at Tokyo in 2009. "Then I said, well, at least I can relax and have no pressure to win.

"But I had to concentrate on every ball, because against such a rival things can start to turn at any time," she added. "One panics, makes a few mistakes. So I'm very glad I was able to give such a concentrated performance."

By contrast, things went according to the script for No.2 seed Alexandra Dulgheru, who played another Slovak, Zuzana Kucova. Dulgheru was leading 61 50 when a hamstring injury forced Kucova to retire from the match.

Sixth-seeded Roberta Vinci, champion here in 2009 and runner-up last year, also got her campaign off to a strong start with a routine win over Spanish qualifier Silvia Soler Espinosa, 62 63.

Other first round winners included Yaroslava Shvedova, who beat qualifier Chang Kai-Chen in three sets, 63 26 62. Jill Craybas dispatched Akgul Amanmuradova in straight sets, 63 63; lucky loser Maria Elena Camerin held of Evgeniya Rodina, 64 75; and Spanish qualifier Estrella Cabeza Candela beat higher ranked compatriot Arantxa Parra Santonja, 63 75.

Highlights of Tuesday's schedule include Gisela Dulko against Japanese veteran Kimiko Date-Krumm, with Spaniards Nuria Llagostera Vives and Laura Pous-Tio to play Virginie Razzano and Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, respectively.

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