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HOBART, Australia (AP) — Former Australian Open champion Mary Pierce has been given a 24-hour reprieve to help her recover from injury to play in the Tasmanian International tennis tournament.
Pierce, who arrived in Hobart on Sunday, will play her first-round match against American Kristina Brandi at the Domain Tennis Center on Tuesday instead of Monday to help her recover from a strained hamstring.

It forced the 26-year-old Pierce to withdraw after the first set of her semifinal against Russian Elena Dementieva at the Hong Kong Challenge on Saturday.

"We've given Mary Pierce an extra day to recover, along with Virginie Razzano, who retired with an injury from her match in the Hopman Cup in Perth," WTA supervisor Angie Woolcock said.

Pierce was given a wildcard into the tournament to help her prepare for the Australian Open at Melbourne Park starting Jan. 14.

A fifth player from the qualifying round has gone into the main draw to cover the late withdrawal of third seed Russian Nadia Petrova with a strained pectoral muscle.

The top seed is defending champion Rita Grande of Italy.

In Sunday's first-round matches, Marta Marrero caused the first upset when she defeated fellow Spaniard and No. 4 seed Gala Leon Garcia 7-6 (5), 7-5.

Slovakia's Martina Sucha staged a comeback to beat Spain's Virginia Ruano-Pascual 4-6, 7-6 (9), 6-2. In the other match, Slovakia's Janette Husarova defeated Germany's Angelika Roesch 6-2, 6-4.

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