STRASBOURG: Top-seeded Marion Bartoli and No. 2 Tamira Paszek were both eliminated from the first round of the Strasbourg International on Tuesday.
Bartoli, a former Wimbledon finalist, lost to Camila Giorgi 6-3, 6-2 and Paszek was beaten by French wild-card entry Virgine Razzano 6-1, 6-4. Bartoli dropped her serve six times in the match against the 88th-ranked Italian, who had four aces.
Sixth-seeded Christina McHale lost to Lauren Davis 7-5, 6-3, while Eugenie Bouchard, Johanna Larsson, Lucie Hradecka, Magda Linette and Shelby Rogers all advanced. Heavy rain prevented any play on Monday, forcing seven first-round matches to be moved to Tuesday.
Meanwhile sixth-seeded Fabio Fognini of Italy overcame a sloppy first set to beat Marco Cecchinato 1-6, 6-1, 6-2 in the first round of the Nice Open on Tuesday.
Fognini won just three points on his countryman’s serve in the first set, but bounced back to break him twice in the second set and three more times in the third. Fognini next faces Santiago Giraldo or wild card Gael Monfils.