Defending Sweden champ Rezai advances

July 4, 2011 at 3:51 PM

BASTAD, Sweden, July 4 (UPI) -- Defending champion Aravane Rezai advanced but third-seeded Lucie Safarova fell in an upset Monday in first round action at the Swedish Open.

Rezai, who came into the tournament unseeded, slipped past Uzbekistan's Akgul Amanmuradova 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 to advance to the round of 16.

Rezai of France bested Argentine Gisela Dulko in last year's Bastad finale.

Russian Vesna Dolonts, meanwhile, stunned Safarova of the Czech Republic, 6-3, 6-4.

Also Monday, fourth-seeded Spaniard Lourdes Dominguez Lino defeated Swedish wild card Ellen Allgurin 6-3, 6-4 and No. 7 Barbora Zahlavova Strycova of the Czech Republic dispatched Swedish wild card Hilda Melander 6-2, 6-3.

Top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki, the world's top-ranked player, is set to meet France's Alize Cornet in her opener.

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