Oeiras, Portugal (Sports Network) - Top-seeded Marion Bartoli came up an
opening-round loser, while reigning champion Kaia Kanepi advanced Tuesday at
the $235,000 Portugal Open tennis event.
Chinese Peng Shuai upended the former Wimbledon runner-up Bartoli in 6-0, 1-6,
6-4 fashion at this clay-court French Open tune-up.
Meanwhile, Kanepi resumed her winning ways in Portugal with a 6-4, 6-3 victory
over France's Kristina Mladenovic on Day 2.
Kanepi defeated Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro in last year's finale in
And playing for the second time in three days, former French Open champion
Francesca Schiavone beat Spaniard Lourdes Dominguez Lino once again, this time
6-2, 4-6, 6-3 in a first-round affair. The veteran Italian also bested
Dominguez Lino, in straight sets, in a championship match in Marrakech on
Third-seeded Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova avoided an upset by handling
Israeli qualifier Shahar Peer, 6-4, 6-4.
In other first-round play in Oeiras, Spanish qualifier Estrella Cabeza Candela
overcame French qualifier Aravane Rezai 5-7, 6-1, 6-3; Romanian Monica
Niculescu whipped Austrian Tamira Paszek 6-1, 6-3; Swiss Romina Oprandi
leveled Dutchwoman Kiki Bertens 6-3, 6-2; and Kazakhstani qualifier Galina
Voskoboeva dismissed Swede Sofia Arvidsson 6-3, 6-4.
This week's Portugal Open champion will pocket $42,000.
The Sports Network