Kournikova exits French Open tuneup event in first round
.c The Associated Press
STRASBOURG, France (AP) - Anna Kournikova lost in the first round of the Strasbourg Open on Tuesday, falling 7-6 (5), 6-2 to Petra Mandula.
The tournament is a tuneup for the French Open, which Kournikova missed last year because of injury. She has never gotten past the fourth round at the only Grand Slam event played on clay. She exited last week's Italian Open in the third round.
Mandula was a quarterfinalist at Roland Garros last year, losing in straight sets to eventual runner-up Kim Clijsters. The French Open starts Monday.
In other first-round action, Eleni Daniilidou beat fourth-seeded Iroda Tulyaganova 6-7 (3), 7-5, 7-5; and eighth-seeded Emmanuelle Gagliardi advanced by defeating qualifier Angelique Widjaja 6-2, 6-1.
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