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Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Cibulkova rebounds from first-set shutout to beat Mauresmo

Associated Press

TOKYO -- Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia rallied to defeat former world No. 1 Amelie Mauresmo of France 0-6, 6-1, 7-6 (8) Tuesday in the first round of the Pan Pacific Open.

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Mauresmo led 4-1 in the tiebreaker at Ariake Colloseum, but Cibulkova fought back and took a 9-8 lead with a crosscourt forehand before winning when Mauresmo's return went long.

"The match was really close in the third set," Cibulkova said. "I should have closed it out earlier ... but I fought through and was able to win the match."

Mauresmo blew four match points, including one in the tiebreaker.

"It's always frustrating to lose a match when you have match points and can't close it out," Mauresmo said. "I let her get back into the match in the second set and it's disappointing to lose like that."

In other first-round matches, Francesca Schiavone of Italy defeated seventh-seeded Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia 6-1, 7-5, and Kaia Kanepi of Estonia defeated eighth-seeded Anna Chakvetadze of Russia 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.

Also, Marion Bartoli of France cruised to a 6-2, 6-2 win over Maria Kirilenko of Russia, Flavia Pennetta of Italy downed Israel's Shahar Peer 6-4, 6-4, and Japan's Ayumi Morita defeated Agnes Szavay of Hungary 6-7 (7), 7-5, 6-4.

No. 1 seed Jelena Jankovic has a bye into the second round, along with fellow Serb Ana Ivanovic, who is seeded second.