Bad Gastein, Austria (Sports Network) - Two of this week's top-three seeds --
German Mona Barthel and Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu -- were a pair of easy
opening-round winners Monday at the Gastein Ladies tennis event.
The top-seeded Barthel dismantled helpless 21-year-old American Chiara Scholl
6-0, 6-0 in only 35 minutes, while the third seed Begu blitzed German wild
card Carina Witthoeft 6-3, 6-3 on the red clay at Hotel Europaischerhof.
Meanwhile, Dutchwoman Arantxa Rus halted a record-tying losing skid by ousting
seventh-seeded Spaniard Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor 7-5, 5-7, 6-4 and eighth-
seeded Italian Karin Knapp leveled Russian Valeria Solovyeva 6-3, 6-2. Rus
had lost her previous 17 WTA matches. Sandy Collins of the U.S. lost 17
matches in a row from 1984-87.
France's Alize Cornet, who is not defending her title this year, defeated
Belgian Yanina Wickmayer in last year's Bad Gastein finale.
The winner of this $235,000 tournament will earn $42,000.
The Sports Network