|Ana Ivanovic returns the ball to Nadia Petrova during their match at the Rome Masters tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, May 9, 2011. (MAX ROSSI/Reuters)
ROME - Former world No. 1 Ana Ivanovic was an easy winner, while former top-five star Svetlana Kuznetsova suffered an opening- round upset Monday at the $2.05 million Internazionali d'Italia tennis event.
The 13th-seeded former French Open champion Ivanovic was pasting former top-10 Russian Nadia Petrova 6-0, 3-0 when the Russian retired, while Hungarian Greta Arn outlasted the 11th-seeded Russian Kuznetsova 3-6, 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (11-9) in 3 hours, 22 minutes on the red clay at Foro Italico. The two-time major champion Kuznetsova was the Rome runner-up in 2007 and 2009.
Ninth-seeded Frenchwoman Marion Bartoli avoided an upset by handling Spain's Arantxa Parra Santonja 6-2, 6-3.
Slovakian Daniela Hantuchova humbled struggling Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova 6-4, 6-2, while Belgian Yanina Wickmayer came back to beat German Angelique Kerber 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, Russian Alisa Kleybanova leveled American Varvara Lepchenko 6-2, 6-2, and American Christina McHale snuck past Chinese Peng Shuai 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (9-7).
Additional Day-1 wins came for Spaniards Anabel Medina Garrigues and Lourdes Dominguez Lino, Russians Vera Dushevina, Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina, Aussie Jarmila Gajdosova, Czech Iveta Benesova, and Slovenian Polona Hercog.
In some second-round action here on Tuesday, second-seeded Italian favorite Francesca Schiavone will meet McHale and seventh-seeded Russian star Maria Sharapova will encounter her compatriot Makarova. Schiavone was last year's surprise French Open champion. Sharapova is a former world No. 1 and three- time major champ.
The top seed here is world No. 1 Danish star Caroline Wozniacki. Spaniard Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez defeated former top-ranked performer Jelena Jankovic in last year's finale.
This week's winner will collect $360,000.