TOKYO, Japan - Top 10 star power stepped out for the first time at this year's Toray Pan Pacific Open on Monday, as World No.10 Marion Bartoli slugged her way into the second round with a win over Kimiko Date-Krumm.
Bartoli, the No.9 seed at the Premier-level tournament, stormed out to a 61 31 lead and, after Date-Krumm fought back to even it at 3-all, broke the Japanese veteran again and eventually ended up serving the match out, 61 64.
"Kimiko played very well today," Bartoli said after the match. "She made it hard for me in the second set, but I knew if I could stay strong and focused I could win the match in straight sets, and I'm happy I could serve it out there."
Bartoli is coming off a setback in Guangzhou a week ago, where she had to retire during her first round match due to gastrointestinal illness, something that actually caused a number of retirements early on in the week there.
"I'm feeling a lot better now," Bartoli said. "It was a tough schedule for me, too. To go from the US Open to Guangzhou so soon probably wasn't the best schedule for me, but I really wanted to go there and fulfill the commitment I made. But the illness is behind me now and I'm hoping to play some good tennis here in Tokyo before going back to China for Beijing next week."
Seeded players actually had a perfect 6-0 day, with Caroline Wozniacki, Ana Ivanovic, Kaia Kanepi, Lucie Safarova and Nadia Petrova all advancing as well. The only one who dropped a set was the No.10-seeded Wozniacki, who was coming off her first WTA title of the year in Seoul a day before - she toughed out a 60 36 64 victory over Serbian qualifier Bojana Jovanovski.
"After the first set I thought to myself I was feeling really good and playing well, although I felt a little bit tired still," Wozniacki said. "I felt like I made just one or two unforced errors in the second set and she was right in there. At 3-all in the third we had the rain delay and I was able to relax and get my bearings again, and I knew I had to play more aggressive when we came back. I lost the first game back but I didn't mind, I just kept it up and was able to win through.
"I'm really looking forward to going back and getting a good night's sleep now!"
While Date-Krumm may have just fallen short of a comeback against Bartoli, another WTA veteran pulled it off, as Francesca Schiavone battled almost three hours for a 46 76(4) 64 win over Yaroslava Shvedova. Shvedova had numerous chances in the second set - a 3-1 lead, serving for the match twice at 5-4 and 6-5, and even holding four match points in that 6-5 game - but former French Open champion Schiavone didn't budge and snuck by the Kazakh.
Julia Goerges, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Zheng Jie, Klara Zakopalova, Tamira Paszek, Daniela Hantuchova, Urszula Radwanska, Simona Halep and qualifiers Pauline Parmentier, Heather Watson, Johanna Larsson and Jamie Hampton also won as the first round ended.