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Bondarenko sails in Istanbul first round

May 21, 2007 at 4:26 PM

ISTANBUL, Turkey, May 21 (UPI) -- Alona Bondarenko dropped just one game in notching a first-round win at the $200,000 Istanbul Cup tennis tournament in Turkey.

Bondarenko played better than her No. 5 seeding in sweeping out Pemra Ozgen 6-1, 6-0. She was the runner-up to Justine Henin in the recent tournament in Warsaw and is considered a rising star on the circuit.

Also Monday, No. 7 Agnieszka Radwanska bested Ekaterina Bychkova 7-5, 7-5. Other first-round winners included Tsvetana Pironkova, Romina Oprandi, Aravane Rezai and Jelena Kostanic Tosic.

Maria Sharapova, who hasn't played since late March because of a series of injuries, is seeded first this week. She and second-seeded Elena Dementieva were given first-round byes at Istanbul.

The winner of the clay-court tournament will receive $28,180.

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