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January 31, 2005
Bartoli, Dokic Among Monday's Winners in Pattaya City
PATTAYA CITY, Thailand - Marion Bartoli, the No.2 seed this week at the Volvo Women's Open, had a successful start to her week in Pattaya City.
The Frenchwoman wasted little time reaching the second round at the Thai event, defeating Indonesian wild card Ayu Fanti Damayanti, 63 61. She will next take on Spain's Magui Serna, a 75 75 winner against Melinda Czink.
No.7 seed Anna-Lena Groenefeld joined Bartoli in the winner's circle after her 63 62 victory against American Jennifer Hopkins.
Former Top 5 player Jelena Dokic made her season debut on Monday, defeating Luxembourg's Anne Kremer, 76(3) 63. Dokic is ready to put last season behind her a start fresh this year - after suffering through a disappointing 6-16 record in 2004, which included losses in her last nine matches.
"I felt I had to take time off," Dokic said. "I was pretty tired on the practice court and the match court and my heart wasn't totally in it. I took three months off - had my tonsils out and had an operation on my nose to correct a congential condition since birth, which was affecting my breathing in November. I started hitting again in December and would love to have gone to Australia - but it was too soon.
"For the moment, I want to take small steps, concentrate on my singles game, so no doubles for the moment and play a couple of smaller tournaments to get the confidence back. I really feel I have some good tennis left in me and would like to keep on going for another 5-7 years."
Dokic's second round opponent will be Ukraine's Alyona Bondarenko, who scored a 76(5) 64 victory against No.4 seed Mashona Washington.
Local hope Tamarine Tanasugarn wasn't able to sneak past the first round in her home country, falling to Russia's Evgenia Linetskaya, 26 75 62. Linetskaya is off to a good start in 2005 after already reaching the fourth round at the Australian Open. She will next face Italy's Mara Santangelo, who upset No.5 seed Kristina Brandi, 61 62.
The final round of qualifying was also completed on Monday with Shahar Peer, Shika Uberoi, Angelika Bachmann and Akgul Amanmuradova earning spots in the main draw.
On Tuesday, a long-awaited return will take place as former World No.1 Martina Hingis plays for the first time in more than two years. Hingis will take on Germany's Marlene Weingartner in her return to action.