Former world number one Amélie Mauresmo lost to Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova in the first round of the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo after squandering four match points. Meanwhile, fellow French woman Marion Bartoli eased into the 2nd round.
The 2006 Wimbledon champion Amelie Mauresmo squandered four match points before falling victim to Dominika Cibulkova 0-6, 6-1, 7-6 (10/8) in the Pan Pacific Open tennis tournament here on Tuesday.
The unseeded Mauresmo, also the Australian Open champion in 2006, came back from a service break down twice in the final set to lead 5-4 and had three match points in the 10th game, but each time she mis-hit her shot.
Mauresmo, from France, went 4-1 up in the tie-breaker but then had to save one match point against her at 5-6 after Cibulkova missed an easy forehand.
Mauresmo hit a return wide on her last match point and then Cibulkova fired a sizzling forehand passing shot to take a 9-8 lead. The match ended abruptly when Mauresmo hit an overhead shot long.
"It's always definitely frustrating to lose a match when you are having match points," said the former world number one after failing to clear the first round here.
"In the second set, I let myself down a little bit... letting her get back into the match," she added.
Despite advancing, Cibulkova, from Slovakia and ranked 21st in the world - two places above Mauresmo - was disappointed with her performance.
"I wasn't playing very well from the beginning until the end," she said.
"I don't know, I was just feeling very tired because I came here the day before yesterday, and I just didn't feel comfortable.
"I saved four match points. The match was really close in the third set. If I could have been playing better, I would have closed it earlier in the third set. But I just fought and I just won this match," she added.
In other first round action, sixth seed Agnieszka Radwanska strolled past Japanese wildcard Aiko Nakamura 6-1, 6-4, while Marion Bartoli of France defeated Russia's Maria Kirilenko of Russia 6-2, 6-2.
Date created : 2008-09-16