Bartoli, Niculescu knocked out of Guangzhou Open

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Associated Press

Posted on September 18, 2012 at 8:31 AM

GUANGZHOU, China (AP) — Top-seeded Marion Bartoli of France and sixth-seeded Monica Niculescu of Romania were knocked out in the first round of the Guangzhou Open on Tuesday.

Taiwanese qualifier Kai-Chen Chang was leading Bartoli 4-3 when the Frenchwoman retired with an injury. Mathilde Johansson of France defeated Niculescu 7-5, 6-2. The 27-year-old Johansson won despite 12 double-faults.

Second-seeded Zheng Jie of China, third-seeded Sorana Cirstea of Romania and fourth-seeded Urszula Radwanska of Poland also advanced.

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