ACAPULCO, Mexico, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Top-seeded Flavia Pennetta of Italy won her opening tennis match Monday at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel in Acapulco, Mexico.
Pennetta defeated Russian Ekaterina Bychkova 6-4, 6-1.
Pennetta has appeared in the last four finals here, going 1-3. She was last year's runner-up to France's Emilie Loit. She won this tournament in 2005 and was runner-up in 2004 and 2006.