Schnyder Falls in Opening Round at Sarasota Open
SARASOTA, Fla. (March 31) -- Third seed Patty Schnyder of Switzerland was ousted by American Ansley Cargill on Monday from the opening round of the Sarasota Open clay-court tennis event.
Schnyder fell, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4, for her third straight defeat. She has lost six of her last nine matches.
Cargill, a 21-year-old wild card entrant, improved to just 5-8 in main draw matches during her career.
No. 7 Nathalie Dechy of France was the only seeded player in action Monday. Dechy, who won her first career singles title at Gold Coast in January, dispatched Denisa Chladkova of the Czech Republic, 6-4, 6-2.
Also, Marie-Gaianeh Mikaelian of Switzerland got past Daja Bedanova of the Czech Republic, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2, and Thailand's Tamarine Tanasugarn beat 18-year-old American Shenay Perry, 7-6 (7-2), 6-2.
Jelena Dokic of Yugoslavia is the top seed and defending champion. Dokic snapped a four-match losing streak at the Nasdaq-100 Open last week and reached the quarterfinals.
Alexandra Myskina of Russia is seeded second. Ai Sugiyama of Japan, Elena Dementieva of Russia, Israel's Anna Pistolesi and last year's runner-up Tatiana Panova of Russia round out the eight seeds.
First prize at this Tier IV tournament is $22,000.
03-31-03 19:18 ET
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But good win for Ansley!