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WTA Rome - American McHale upsets world no. 30 Peng

WTA Rome - American McHale upsets world no. 30 Peng

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by Prakash

American teen Christina McHale upset world no. 30 Peng Shuai 63 26 76(7) in the first round of the Italian Open in Rome on Monday. McHale had to qualify for the main draw this week while Peng has been one of the most in-form players on tour this year rising from no.

77 in January to no. 30 in the rankings. The other American in action on Monday, Varvara Lepchenko, also a qualifier, was beaten in straight sets by Alisa Kleybanova. 9th seed Marion Bartoli and 13th seed Ana Ivanovic were amont the winners on Monday but former French Open champ Svetlana Kuznetsova lost a marathom 3 hour 20 minute battle to Hungary's Greta Arn in a third set toebreaker 11-9 INTERNAZIONALI BNL D'ITALIA
Rome, Italy - Monday, May 9, 2011 Singles - First Round
(9) Marion Bartoli (FRA) d.

(Q) Arantxa Parra Santonja (ESP) 62 63
Greta Arn (HUN) d. (11) Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) 36 76(4) 76(9)
(13) Ana Ivanovic (SRB) d. Nadia Petrova (RUS) 60 30 ret. (left hip strain)
Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) d.

(LL) Angelique Kerber (GER) 46 63 63
Alisa Kleybanova (RUS) d. (Q) Varvara Lepchenko (USA) 62 62
Jarmila Gajdosova (AUS) d. (WC) Corinna Dentoni (ITA) 61 62
Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) d. Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) 64 62
Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) d.

María José Martínez Sánchez (ESP) 60 57 64
Elena Vesnina (RUS) d. (Q) Tamira Paszek (AUT) 64 64
Lourdes Domínguez Lino (ESP) d. Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) 61 06 76(4)
Iveta Benesova (CZE) d.

Gisela Dulko (ARG) 62 61
Vera Dushevina (RUS) d. Ayumi Morita (JPN) 63 61
(Q) Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) d. Patty Schnyder (SUI) 63 62
(Q) Polona Hercog (SLO) d. Alexandra Dulgheru (ROU) 61 75
(Q) Christina McHale (USA) d.

Peng Shuai (CHN) 63 26 76(7)
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