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Marion Bartoli stands firm in Tokyo

Updated: September 24, 2012, 10:30 AM ET
Associated Press

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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