Tuesday September 25, 2012
Bartoli advances to second round in Tokyo
TOKYO: Marion Bartoli of France beat local favorite Kimiko Date- Krumm of Japan 6-1, 6-4 yesterday to advance to the second round of the Pan Pacific Open.
After dominating through the first set, the ninth-seeded Bartoli faced a tougher challenge from Date- Krumm, who came back from a 3-1 deficit.
Date-Krumm, who turns 42 on Thursday, closed the gap to 5-4 but was undone by two unforced errors In the last game.
In other matches, 11th-seeded Ana Ivanovic of Serbia beat the Czech Republicís Andrea Hlavackova, who was forced to retire with a left thigh injury with Ivanovic leading 6-3, 2- 0.
Urszula Radwanska of Poland coasted to a 6-2, 6-4 win over Japanís Kurumi Nara, while 17th-seeded Nadia Petrova of Russia downed Chinaís Peng Shuai 6-1, 6-4. ó AFP