Top-seeded Peer upset by Llagostera Vives in opener at Barcelona

Updated: June 10, 2008, 6:35 PM ET
Associated Press

BARCELONA, Spain -- No. 1 seed Shahar Peer of Israel was bounced from the first round of the Torneo Barcelona by unseeded Nuria Llagostera Vives of Spain on Tuesday, 7-5, 6-2.

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Peer rallied from 0-4 to tie the first set at 5 against the 73rd-ranked Llagostera Vives before fading light halted play on Monday. But she lost eight of 10 games when play resumed Tuesday.

No. 3 Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia also was eliminated along with No. 8 Tathiana Garbin of Italy.

Cibulkova retired at 5-6 in the first set against France's Stephanie Cohen Aloro, while Garbin lost to Russia's Ekaterina Ivanova 4-6, 7-5, 6-3.

No. 2 Maria Kirilenko of Russia comfortably advanced to the second round against Lilia Osterloh of the United States. Osterloh lost the first set 6-0 and then retired at 0-2 in the second.

Fourth-seeded Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic cruised past Spain's Leticia Costas 6-2, 6-1, while No. 6 Sara Errani of Italy also won, 6-3, 6-2 over Spain's Lourdes Dominguez Lino.

Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro, who reached the quarterfinals of the French Open last week, defeated Australia's Alicia Molik 6-2, 6-4.


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