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ZURICH, Switzerland (AP) -- Fifth-seeded Nathalie Tauziat of France advanced to the second round of the $1.2 million Swisscom Challenge, whose field is depleted by the loss of top players.

Tauziat downed Bulgaria's Magdalena Maleeva 7-6 (3), 6-7 (6), 6-3 Sunday. In another opening day match, eighth-seeded Silvia Farina Elia of Italy defeated Anke Huber of Germany 6-2, 6-4.

Also, Iroda Tulyaganova of Uzbekistan downed wild card Lina Krasnoroutskaya of Russia 6-4, 6-1.

Tauziat, a Frenchwoman who turns 34 this week, is the oldest active player in the top 100 of the women's circuit. This is her 16th attempt at the Zurich title. She was a finalist in 1991 and 1997.

Martina Hingis had been scheduled to play in this event but will now be sidelined about six weeks because of ankle surgery.

Serena Williams withdrew because of the U.S. military strikes on Afghanistan. France's Amelie Mauresmo also pulled out, citing fatigue.

Hingis, the defending champion, tore ligaments in her right ankle Saturday during her semifinal against Lindsay Davenport at the Porsche Grand Prix in Germany.

Hingis most likely will be unable to regain the No. 1 ranking this year. She will miss the WTA Tour's year-end championship in Munich, Germany, from Oct. 30 to Nov. 4.

When Monday's rankings are released, she will be supplanted at No. 1 by Jennifer Capriati. Capriati will open play Wednesday.

Hingis was replaced in the Swisscom field by France's Sandrine Testud.
 
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