Larsson in, Rybarikova out in Memphis

Feb. 19, 2012 at 9:00 PM
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MEMPHIS, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- Seventh-seeded Swede Johanna Larsson advanced but No. 8 seed Magdalena Rybarikova was bounced Sunday in the first round of the Memphis International.

Larsson struggled for more than 2 hours but managed to outlast France's Irena Pavlovic 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 on the indoor hard courts of the Racquet Club of Memphis.

But Slovakia's Rybarikova, the defending Memphis champion, couldn't overcome American qualifier Jamie Hampton, falling 7-6 (9-7), 6-0.

Hampton didn't allow Rybarikova a break opportunity in the second set.

Also in Memphis Sunday, Italian Alberta Brianti got past Croatian Mirjana Lucic 7-6 (7-5), 5-7, 6-1, and Olga Govortsova upended Russian Vesna Dolonts 6-1, 7-5.

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