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Mauresmo crashes out of China Open

Former world number one Amelie Mauresmo was dumped out of the China Open, where the battle will continue for the top ranking in the women's game.

sports Updated: Sep 22, 2008 22:35 IST

Former world number one Amelie Mauresmo was dumped out of the China Open, where the battle will continue for the top ranking in the women's game.

Two-time Grand Slam winner Mauresmo, who has plummeted to 25 in the world after an injury-ravaged 2007, took the first set against Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova but crashed to a 6-3, 4-6, 3-6 defeat.

Cibulkova, ranked five places above the French player, wrapped up victory in two hours, 30 minutes in blustery conditions in front of a sparse crowd.

The 19-year-old raised her game in a second set in which both players had trouble holding serve, winning the final three games from 4-3 down to level the match.

In the decider, an increasingly nervy Mauresmo, whose performance was littered with errors, broke in the first game but then lost her serve to love as Cibulkova levelled the scores at 3-3.

The Slovakian, sensing her chance, broke Mauresmo again to lead 5-3 before taking the set 6-3. Earlier, Daniela Hantuchova, the seventh seed here, beat Argentina's Gisela Dulko 6-3, 6-1.

The win for the Slovakian, now ranked 13 in the world, followed victory for Spain's Anabel Medina Garrigues over Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark, also in straight sets. Hantuchova was pleased with her performance, saying,

"I think I did the right thing. I got a lot of break points."

Serbians Jelena Jankovic and Ana Ivanovic are seeded one and two at the $600,000 China Open.

New world No. 3 Dinara Safina, who captured the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo on Sunday, withdrew due to injury. Meanwhile, on the men's side of the draw in Beijing, defending champion and Olympic silver medallist Fernando Gonzalez faces a tough battle to retain his title, with top seed David Ferrer and former world number 1 Andy Roddick in the hunt.

There were first round wins on Monday for Germany's Bjorn Phau and Taiwan's Lu Yen-Hsun.