Peng eliminates No. 3 seed Olaru in Strasbourg opener

5/19/2008 - Tennis

STRASBOURG, France -- Peng Shuai ousted No. 3 seed Ioana Raluca Olaru of Romania in the first round of the Strasbourg Internationals with a 6-2, 7-6 (3) win Monday.

Peng will face top-seeded Marion Bartoli of France in the clay-court event billed as a warm-up to the French Open starting next week.

Defending champion Anabel Medina Garrigues of Spain, seeded sixth, advanced with a 7-6 (3), 7-5 victory over Klara Zakopalova of the Czech Republic.

Flavia Pennetta of Italy, the No. 4 seed, beat Nathalie Dechy of France 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, while No. 7 seed Ai Sugiyama of Japan toppled Mariya Koryttseva of Ukraine 7-5, 7-5.