NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Former Wimbledon runner-up Marion Bartoli advanced, while 2009 U.S. Open semifinalist Yanina Wickmayer went by way of the opening-round upset Tuesday at the $600,000 Pilot Pen Tennis event, a final hardcourt U.S. Open tune-up.
The sixth-seeded Bartoli, of France, barely snuck past Ukrainian Alona Bondarenko 6-7 (4-7), 7-6 (7-2), 6-3, while the fifth-seeded Wickmayer, of Belgium, succumbed to Swiss Timea Bacsinszky 6-3, 6-1 at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale. Bartoli needed 2 hours, 39 minutes to stave off a game Bondarenko.
Additional opening-round wins came for Aussie qualifier Anastasia Rodionova, Belarusian Olga Govortsova and Russian Maria Kirilenko, who bested last year's New Haven runner-up and fellow Russian Elena Vesnina 6-1, 3-6, 6-1. Vesnina, a qualifier this week, lost to U.S. Open runner-up Caroline Wozniacki in last year's Pilot Pen finale.
Wozniacki, this week's top seed, is the two-time reigning New Haven champ and fresh off her title in Montreal on Monday.
The 2010 Pilot Pen champion will collect $98,500.