Bammer rallies to advance at Bangalore

Last Updated: Tue, Mar 04, 2008 04:24 hrs

Sixth-seeded Sybille Bammer rallied to beat Akiko Morigami of Japan 2-6, 6-3, 7-5 in the first round of the Bangalore Open on Monday.

Morigami dominated the first set at the $600,000 WTA Tour event. In the second set, Bammer broke Morigami's serve in the eighth game to lead 5-3 and then served out the set.

The 20th-ranked Austrian broke Morigami in the third game of the decider before dropping her own serve in the sixth and eighth games.

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Morigami's series of unforced errors helped Bammer recover and she won after her opponent sent a backhand out.

"Akiko is a good player and she gave me a tough contest," Bammer said.

Defending champion Yaraslova Shvedova of Russia was knocked out by Akgul Amanmuradova. The big-serving Uzbek won 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.

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Shvedova won her first WTA Tour title at Bangalore last year against defending champion Mara Santangelo of Italy. The Russian was unseeded this year as the tournament attracted a stronger field after being upgraded.

Fifth-seeded Agnes Szavay of Hungary defeated Indian wild card Shikha Uberoi 6-1, 6-4 and Aiko Nakamura of Japan rallied from a set down to beat Tamarine Tanasugarn of Thailand 6-7 (5), 6-1, 6-2.

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