Cornet, Zakopalova win Acapulco openers

Feb. 27, 2008 at 2:23 AM

ACAPULCO, Mexico, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Frenchwoman Alize Cornet and Czech Klara Zakopalova won their first-round matches Tuesday in the $180,000 Abierto Mexicano Telcel tennis tournament.

Cornet , seeded second, defeated Croatian Jelena Kostanic Tosic 7-5, 6-3 at the Fairmont Acapulco Princess. Zakopalova, the third seed, rallied past Spanish qualifier Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez 4-6, 6-3, 6-1.

Fourth seed Martina Muller of Germany was upset by France's Olivia Sanchez 6-2, 6-4.

No. 7 Estonian Kaia Kanepi ousted Spanish qualifier Arantxa Parra Santonja 6-4, 6-3 and No. 8 Romanian Edina Gallovits easily bested Mexican wild card Daniela Munoz Gallegos 6-1, 6-0. Fifth-seeded Italian Sara Errani defeated German Tatjana Malek 6-3, 6-3.

Other first-round winners were Czech Iveta Benesova, Romanian Sorana Cirstea, Czech Petra Cetkovska and Ukraine's Mariya Koryttseva.

The 2008 Acapulco champion will earn $28,700.

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