Oeiras, Portugal (Sports Network) - Former top-five star Svetlana Kuznetsova
was a mild opening-round upset winner Monday at the $235,000 Portugal Open
The two-time Grand Slam champion from Russia, a wild card this week, toppled
sixth-seeded American Varvara Lepchenko 6-7 (2-7), 6-3, 6-2 at this clay-court
French Open tune-up.
Meanwhile, three other seeded women avoided upsets on Day 1, as No. 4 Carla
Suarez Navarro of Spain spanked New Zealand's Marina Erakovic 6-3, 6-0, No. 5
Sorana Cirstea of Romania got past Spaniard Anabel Medina Garrigues 6-2, 2-6,
6-1, and No. 7 Elena Vesnina of Russia handled Portuguese wild card Maria Joao
Koehler 6-4, 6-1. Suarez Navarro was last year's Portugal Open runner-up to
Estonian Kaia Kanepi, in Estoril. Medina Garrigues captured this event two
Additional first-round wins came for Belgian Yanina Wickmayer, the 2009
Portugal Open champion, and Japan's Ayumi Morita.
This week's top seed, French slugger Marion Bartoli, will open her stay in
Oeiras against Chinese Peng Shuai on Tuesday.
Also on Tuesday, former French Open champion Francesca Schiavone will battle
Spaniard Lourdes Dominguez Lino in a rematch of their championship match
affair this past Sunday in Marrakech, where the Italian won in straight sets
to capture the title at the Moroccan Grand Prix.
This week's Portugal Open champion will pocket $42,000.
The Sports Network