Bartoli, Wozniacki advance in Tokyo

10:16 AM, Sep 24, 2012   |    comments
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Tokyo, Japan (Sports Network) - Ninth-seeded Marion Bartoli and hot 10th seed Caroline Wozniacki were among Monday's first-round winners at the $2.17 million Pan Pacific Open tennis event.

The French Bartoli handled 41-year-old wild card and long-time Japanese favorite Kimiko Date-Krumm 6-1, 6-4, while the Danish Wozniacki, fresh off her first title of the year in Seoul, held off Serbian qualifier Bojana Jovanovski 6-0, 3-6, 6-4 on the hardcourts at Ariake Colosseum. Date-Krumm, who will turn 42 on Friday, captured this event back in 1995.

Bartoli will meet German Julia Goerges on Tuesday, while Wozniacki will encounter Slovak veteran Daniela Hantuchova on Wednesday.

Wozniacki was the Tokyo champ two years ago.

In other action involving seeds on Day 2, No. 11 former top-ranked Serb Ana Ivanovic took care of Czech lucky-loser Andrea Hlavackova 6-3, 2-0, retired; No. 15 Estonian Kaia Kanepi handled Spanish qualifier Silvia Soler-Espinosa 6-1, 6-4; No. 16 Czech Lucie Safarova topped Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova 6-4, 7-6 (7-3); and No. 17 Russian Nadia Petrova drove out Chinese Peng Shuai 6-1, 6-4. Kanepi was Sunday's Seoul runner-up to Wozniacki. Ivanovic was a Pan Pacific finalist in 2007.

Several other women posted opening-round wins, including Hantuchova, Goerges, Italian Francesca Schiavone, American qualifier Jamie Hampton and Austrian Tamira Paszek.

No less than nine of the world's top-10 female tennis players will take to the courts here on Tuesday, as Australian Open champion and U.S. Open runner-up Victoria Azarenka, French Open champ and Aussie Open runner-up Maria Sharapova, Wimbledon finalist Agnieszka Radwanska, Petra Kvitova, Angelique Kerber, French Open runner-up Sara Errani, Li Na, and Samantha Stosur will all see second-round action on Day 3. Stosur will meet Schiavone in a rematch of the 2010 French Open final, which was won by Schiavone.

Radwanska is the reigning Pan Pacific titlist, having beaten Russian Vera Zvonareva in last year's finale. The former world No. 1 Sharapova captured titles here in 2005 and 2009.

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