Marion Bartoli stands firm in Tokyo
TOKYO -- Marion Bartoli of France advanced to the second round of the Pan Pacific Open with a 6-1, 6-4 win Monday over local favorite Kimiko Date-Krumm, who had to deal with the distraction of a rowdy fan.
After dominating the first set, the ninth-seeded Bartoli faced a tougher challenge as Date-Krumm rallied from a 3-1 deficit in the second set.
"Playing her in Japan is a tough challenge," Bartoli said. "I expected her to fight to the end. I knew she would make a comeback ...
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