ROME, May 14 (UPI) --
No. 9-seeded Daniela Hantuchova
dropped the first set Monday before posting a first-round win at the $1.34 million Italian Masters tennis tournament in Rome.
Hantuchova came from behind in eliminating Aravane Rezai 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 in the opening day of the clay-court tournament.
Also Monday, 10th-seeded Elena Dementieva had little trouble in ousting Maria Elena Camerin 6-1, 6-2, and No. 11 Shahar Peer hadn't lost a game and led 6-0, 2-0, when Agnieszka Radwanska retired with a right wrist injury.
In other highlighted matches, Ai Sugiyama defeated Maria Kirilenko 6-4, 5-7, 7-5; Meghann Shaughnessy breezed past Emilie Loit 6-3, 6-2; and Karolina Sprem overcame Eleni Daniilidou 3-6, 6-4, 6-3.
Also winning Monday were Michaella Krajicek, Tamira Paszek, Alona Bondarenko, Catalina Castano and Galina Voskoboeva.
The top seeds for the Italian Masters are No. 1 Amelie Mauresmo and second-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova.
Martina Hingis, out with an injury, won last year's tournament but is not defending her title.
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