New Haven, CT – Fourth-seeded Marion Bartoli was an easy round winner Monday at the $618,000 New Haven Open, a final hardcourt U.S. Open tuneup.
Sixth-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova was ousted by American Christina McHale in straight sets 7-5, 6-3.
The two-time Grand Slam champion Kuznetsova titled here in 2007
Eighth-seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova reached the round of 16 with a 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 come-from-behind victory over qualifier and fellow Russian Vera Dushevina, while Italian Roberta Vinci continued her fine 2011 season with a 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 decision against Czech Lucie Hradecka.
In the final match of the day, Russian Maria Kirilenko outlasted Sara Errani of Italy, 7-5, 7-5. Kirilenko was down 3-4 in the second set before rallying to finish off Errani in two hours, 20 minutes.
The 2011 New Haven titlist will earn $103,000.