Sixth-seeded Jelena Dokic was upset by Petra Mandula 6-1, 6-2 Tuesday in the first round of the Dubai Open.
“I was there, but I think I was lacking in confidence a little bit,” said Dokic, who lost her third straight match. “It was just a bad performance.”
In other action, fifth-seeded Ai Sugiyama eased past Lina Krasnoroutskaya 6-2, 6-3, eighth-seeded Conchita Martinez beat qualifier Mervana Jugic-Salkic 6-3, 6-2, and Nicole Pratt eliminated Jie Zheng 7-5, 7-5.
Also, Selima Sfar of Tunisia advanced to a match against No. 1 Justine Henin-Hardenne when Tamarine Tanasugarn quit with a right knee injury. Sfar was leading 6-2, 4-0.
Moya, Massu upset at Brasil Tennis Open
Top-seeded Carlos Moya of Spain and second-seeded Nicolas Massu of Chile were both upset in the first round of the Brasil Open on Tuesday.
Moya fell to unseeded Tomas Behrend of Germany 6-3, 6-3. After the match, Moya praised Behrend but complained of blisters on his feet and nagging tiredness after a recent tournament in Argentina.
Massu, ranked No. 13, was beaten 6-4, 6-2 by unseeded Juan Monaco of Argentina.
Third-seeded Gustavo Kuerten of Brazil fought his way past Spain’s Oscar Hernandez 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 in a grueling match that lasted more than two hours, and fourth-seeded Agustin Calleri of Argentina easily got past Alberto Portas of Spain, 6-1, 6-3.
Nicolas Lapentti of Ecuador and Guillermo Canas of Argentina retired during the second sets of their matches. Lapentti complained of heat exhaustion, ending his match with Spain’s David Ferrer leading 6-4, 5-2. Canas dropped out while trailing Spain’s Fernando Verdasco 6-1, 1-0.
Argentines Franco Squillari and Jose Acasuso won their first-round matches. Squilari defeated France’s Jean-Rene Lisnard 6-2, 7-5, and Acasuso got past Belgium’s Christophe Rochus 6-3, 6-4.
In other matches, eighth-seeded Juan Ignacio Chela of Argentina beat Flavio Saretta of Brazil 6-2, 6-2; Galo Blanco of Spain beat countryman David Sanchez 6-3, 7-6 (5); Luis Horna of Peru eliminated Pedro Braga of Brazil 6-3, 6-2; and 17-year-old Frenchman Richard Gasquet defeated Franco Ferreiro of Brazil 6-0, 7-6 (5).
Martin upsets Paradorn at Open 13 in Marseille
Alberto Martin of Spain defeated third-seeded Paradorn Srichaphan of Thailand 1-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the first round of the Open 13 on Tuesday.
The unseeded Spaniard recovered from a disastrous first set and will next face Sargis Sargsian of Armenia, who topped Fabrice Santoro of France 7-5, 7-6 (4).
Former Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic was also was eliminated, losing to seventh-seeded Arnaud Clement of France 6-2, 6-7 (4), 6-4, while eighth-seeded Marat Safin of Russia defeated Florian Mayer of Germany 6-3, 6-4.
In other matches, Jarkko Nieminen of Finland downed Nicolas Escude of France 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (2); and Fernando Gonzalez of Chile advanced when Karol Kucera of Slovakia retired with the score 4-6, 7-6.
Top-ranked Novak Djokovic wasted a chance to serve out the match and was beaten 2-6, 7-5, 6-4 by sixth-seeded Tomas Berdych in the Italian Open quarterfinals Friday.
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