Second-seeded Sandrine Testud of France advanced to the third round of the $170,000 Croatian Bol Ladies Open today, defeating Croatian hope Jelena Kostanic 7-5, 6-2.
Testud, ranked 10th in the world, started slow in her first clay court game of the season, having to rebound from a 4-1 deficit.
But the finalist of this year's Pan Pacific tournament in Tokyo then took control of the game, breaking the 18-year-old Croat's serve again at 5-5 to serve out the set.
Kostanic showed flashes of talent with some sizzling passing shots but it was not enough to threaten Testud's entry into the third round.
Defending champion and fifth seed Corina Morariu of the United States made short work of Emmanuelle Gagliardi of Switzerland after squeezing through a first-set tiebreak, 7-6 (6), 6-2.
Angeles Montolio of Spain upset eighth-seeded Cara Black of Zimbabwe, 7-5, 6-3 and Argentinian Paola Suarez overcame Nadeja Ostrovskaya of Belarus, 6-2, 6-3.
In first-round play, third- eed Amelie Mauresmo of France beat Rita Kuti-Kis of Hungary, 7-5, 6-7 (2), 6-2 while Maria Sanchez-Lorenzo of Spain beat sixth-seeded Italian Silvia Farina 6-2, 6-4.
Results from the Croatian Bol Ladies Open WTA Tour tournament:
Singles First Round
Silvija Talaja (4), Croatia, def. Cristina Torrens-Valero, Spain, 6-3, 6-0. Virginie Razzano, France, def. Ivana Abramovic, Croatia, 6-2, 6-1. Gala Leon-Garcia, Spain, def. Ainoha Goni, Spain, 6-3, 6-3. Paola Suarez (7), Argentina, def. Nuria Llagostera, Spain, 6-2, 6-1. Katarina Srebotnik, Slovenia, def. Adriana Gersi, Czech Republic, 6-0, 6-3. Nadeja Ostrovskaya, Belarus, def. Kristie Boogert, Netherlands, 6-4, 6-4. Tina Pisnik, Slovenia, def. Patricia Wartusch, Austria, 6-1, 6-0. Jelena Kostanic, Croatia, def. Magdalena Maleeva, Bulgaria, 6-3, 6-0. Emmanuelle Gagliardi, Switzerland, def. Tina Krizan, Slovenia, 6-2, 2-6, 6-3. Maria Sanchez-Lorenzo, Spain, def. Silvia Farina (6), Italy, 6-2, 6-4. Amelie Mauresmo (3), France, def. Rita Kuti-Kis, Hungary, 7-5, 6-7 (2), 6-2.
Singles Second Round Sandrine Testud (2), France, def. Jelena Kostanic, Croatia, 7-5, 6-2. Corina Morariu (5), United States, def. Emmanuelle Gagliardi, Switzerland, 7-6 (6), 6-2. Angeles Montolio, Spain, def. Cara Black (8), Zimbabwe, 7-5, 6-3. Paola Suarez (7), Argentina, def. Nadeja Ostrovskaya, Belarus, 6-2, 6-3.
Doubles First Round
Julie Halard-Decugis, France, and Corina Morariu, United States, def. Eva Dyrberg, Denmark, and Nadeja Ostrovskaya, Belarus, 6-2, 6-3. Eugenia Koulikovskaya, Russia, and Petra Mandula, Hungary, def. Marta Marrero, Spain, and Melanie Schnell, Austria, 6-2, 6-7, 7-6. Kristie Boogert and Miriam Oremans, Netherlands, def. Eva Martincova, Czech Republic, and Cristina Torrens-Valero, Spain, 6-2, 6-2. Gala Leon Garcia and Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, Spain, def. Magdalena Maleeva, Bulgaria, and Silvija Talaja, Croatia, 7-5, 6-1. Jelena Kostanic, Croatia, and Tina Pisnik, Slovenia, def. Cara Black, Zimbabwe, and Irina Seljutina, Kazakstan, 6-1, 6-3. Tina Krizan and Katarina Srebotnik, Slovenia, def. Julie Pullin, Britain, and Mariam Ramon, Spain, 6-2, 6-3.