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Gagliardi sent packing after first-round defeat

Gagliardi lost out to Kournikova for the second time this season Keystone Archive

The Swiss tennis player, Emmanuelle Gagliardi, crashed out of the first round of the $585,000 WTA tournament in Paris on Tuesday.

This content was published on February 5, 2002 - 23:36

Gagliardi (WTA 78) was defeated in three sets and in just over two hours by her Russian opponent, Anna Kournikova (WTA 86), 7-6 (7-3), 4-6, 4-6.

The 25-year-old Swiss player, who hails from Geneva, failed to capitalise on her strong performance during the opening set, allowing Kournikova to steal the advantage in the second.

Gagliardi's defeat marks the second time she has lost to the Russian since the start of the year.

Last month, Kournikova notched up another convincing three-set victory over her Swiss adversary during the quarter finals of the WTA tournament in Auckland.

There was equally bad news for Gagliardi's Swiss compatriot, Patty Schnyder, who was also knocked out during the opening round of the same tournament.

Spain's Christina Torrens-Valero defeated Schnyder in three sets, 1-6, 7-5, 6-3.

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