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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (Ticker) -- Fifth seed Iroda Tulyaganova of Uzbekistan and eighth-seeded Henrieta Nagyova were upset Monday in the first round of the $585,000 Dubai Women's Open.

Barbara Rittner of Germany posted a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Tulyaganova, who reached the second round here last year but has dropped her last three matches. Russia's Anastasia Myskina joins Rittner in the second round as she defeated Nagyova, 6-3, 6-3.

Tina Pisnik of Slovenia dispatched Australian wild card Rachel McQuillan, 6-2, 6-4; Rita Grande of Italy overcame Adriana Gersi of the Czech Republic, 0-6, 6-4, 7-5; and Tatiana Panova of Russia got by Alicia Molik of Australia, 6-0, 5-7, 6-4.

The top four seeds -- Venus Williams of the United States, American Monica Seles and Amelie Mauresmo and Sandrine Testud of France -- each received byes into the second round.

Williams captured her WTA Tour-leading third title on Sunday when she defeated Justin Henin of Belgium, 6-3, 5-7, 6-3, in the final of the Proximus Diamond Games at Antwerp, Belgium.

The 21-year-old American opened the year with a victory at Gold Coast, Australia and claimed the Open Gaz de France in Paris two weeks ago. She is 15-1 in 2002, with her lone defeat coming to countrywoman Monica Seles in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open last month.

Seles also is coming off a tournament triumph. She captured her 52nd career title with a straight-sets victory over Tamarine Tanasugarn of Thailand on Sunday in the Qatar Open.

The 28-year-old is within three titles of Britain's Virginia Wade for seventh place on the WTA list of most career tournament victories in the Open era (since 1968).

Seles, who finished last year with a flourish by capturing three straight crowns, is 18-4 this season, reaching at least the semifinals in all four events she has played this year.

The champion collects $93,000.
 
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