Sixteenth seed Lucie Safarova
beat Olga Poutchkova 7-5 6-2 in the Los Angeles Classic first round as two seeds
bowed out through injury on Monday.
Eleventh seed Tatiana Golovin of France had to retire with a hamstring
problem after losing the first set 7-5 to Thailand's Tamarine Tanasugarn and No.
12 Li Na of China withdrew with a rib injury.
Safarova made a rocky start against Russian Poutchkova, falling 2-5 behind in
the first set, but quickly got used to the conditions on the quick hard courts.
"I forgot my confidence back and began to serve well and I was coming inside
the court and being more aggressive," Safarova told reporters.
The 20-year-old Czech has had a fine season, reaching the Australian Open
quarter-finals, the Paris Indoors final and the French Open fourth round.
Golovin only returned to the tour at Wimbledon after taking two and half
months off due to an ankle injury.
"I didn't want to risk a big injury so I decided to stop," Golovin said. "I
played like six matches in three days. Hopefully I can play Toronto next week,
because I need some more matches."
Tanasugarn next faces Gisela Dulko of Argentina, who beat Sun Tiantian of
China 7-5 6-4.
Thirteenth seed Sybille Bammer of Austria also advanced, beating American
Laura Granville 6-4 6-2, while Ukraine's Yuliana Fedak upset compatriot and 14th
seed Alona Bondarenko 1-6 6-2 6-3.
American Ashley Harkleroad overcame Jamea Jackson in straight sets and next
faces third seed Ana Ivanovic of Serbia, who is playing her first tournament
San Diego champion Maria Sharapova, the top seed, plays her first match on