Bartoli off to flying start

2011-04-18 20:57
Marion Bartoli (File)

Stuttgart - Former Wimbledon finalist Marion Bartoli of France opened the star-studded Porsche Grand Prix tournament on Monday with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria.

The eighth-seeded Bartoli faced little resistance after fighting through the first set. She raced off to a 5-0 lead in the second and wrapped up the first-round victory in 1 hour 22 minutes.

Due on court later was sixth-seeded Australian Open runner-up Li Na of China against Latvian Anastasija Sevastova.

World number one Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark, coming off back-to-back titles on hard court in Indian Wells and clay in Charleston, leads seven top 10 players at the event in the Porsche Arena.

The four top seeds - Wozniacki, Vera Zvonareva, French Open champion Francesca Schiavone and Viktoria Azarenka - have first-round byes.

Results on day 1 at the Porsche Grand Prix:

Marion Bartoli (FRA x8) bt Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) 6-4, 6-1

Kristina Barrois (GER) bt Lucie Safarova (CZE) 6-1, 6-4

Na Li (CHN x6) bt Anastasija Sevastova (LAT) 6-2, 6-3

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