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del Potro survives

SYDNEY: Juan Martin del Potro toiled for over three hours before subduing Feliciano Lopez 7(5), 7-6(9), 7-6(3) in his first tour match for almost a year at the Sydney International on Monday.

Bartoli advances

At Hobart, French top seed Marion Bartoli dropped only one game in dumping Dinara Safina out of the Hobart International on Monday. Bartoli was in commanding form to put out the 2009 Australian Open runner-up 6-0, 6-1 in one hour and 31 minutes in a night match.

The results: At Sydney (Sydney International): First round: Men: Florian Mayer bt James Ward 7-5, 6-0; Sergiy Stakhovsky bt Benjamin Becker 7-6(3), 7-6(6); Igor Andreev bt Jeremy Chardy 6-2, 6-4; Juan Martin del Potro bt Feliciano Lopez 6-7(5), 7-6(9), 7-6(3); Frederico Gil bt Jarkko Nieminen 6-2 (retd.).

Women: Li Na bt Anastasia Rodionova 6-1, 6-2; Dominika Cibulkova bt Maria Kirilenko 6-3, 6-3; Shahar Peer bt Sybille Bammer 6-3, 5-7, 6-1; Victoria Azarenka bt Ekaterina Makarova 2-6, 6-2, 6-4; Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez bt Daniela Hantuchova 6-2, 6-4; Samantha Stosur bt Yanina Wickmayer 7-5, 6-4.

At Hobart (Hobart International): First round: Elena Vesnina bt Arantxa Parra Santonja 6-2, 6-1; Jarmila Groth bt Johanna Larsson 6-1, 6-3; Tamira Paszek bt Olivia Rogowska 6-3, 6-1; Peng Shuai bt Tsvetana Pironkova 2-6, 6-3, 6-2; Alicia Molik bt Sofia Arvidsson 7-5, 6-3 Elena Baltacha bt Tamarine Tanasugarn 6-3, 6-3; Marion Bartoli bt Dinara Safina 6-0, 6-1 . — AFP

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