FILDERSTADT, Germany, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- Anke Huber will play at least one more WTA Tour match in her native country. She held on Tuesday to overcome Elena Likhovtseva of Russia, 6-3, 2-6, 6-2, in the first round of the $565,000 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix.
Meanwhile, eighth seed Meghann Shaughnessy of the United States was eliminated in the opening round by Magui Serna of Spain, 6-3, 6-4.
Huber, who will retire at the end of the year, continued her mastery of Likhovtseva, beating her fellow 26-year-old for the seventh time in as many meetings. However, Huber next must battle fourth seed Kim Clijsters of Belgium.
Ranked 20th in the world, Huber most likely will not qualify for the 16-player field at the year-ending championships in Munich. A native of Bruchsal, Germany, Huber won this event in 1991 and 1994, reaching the final in 1996 and the semifinals twice. She is making her 11th appearance at Europe's oldest women's indoor tournament.
Shaughnessy failed to duplicate her form of last month, when she won the Bell Challenge at Quebec.
Serna, however, has yet to capture a WTA title. But the 22-year-old reached the finals at Porto and Eastbourne earlier this year to help her rise to 31st place in the current rankings.
A winner of three WTA titles this year, sixth seed Justine Henin of Belgium eased into the second round Tuesday, disposing of Russian qualifier Elena Bovina, 6-2, 7-5. She improved to 3-0 lifetime against Bovina.
In other action Tuesday, Miriam Oremans of the Netherlands rallied from a set down to beat the 1995 winner here, Iva Majoli of Croatia, 5-7, 6-2, 6-3.
Russian lucky loser Tatiana Panova rallied from a set down to surprise South African Amanda Coetzer, 1-6, 6-3, 6-2. Panova received a spot in the main draw when Henrieta Nagyova of Slovakia withdrew due to back pain.